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The St. Croix County Health Department reports that a horse in St. Croix County tested positive for West Nile virus July 27. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reported the positive test result to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.
Summer enters the home stretch this week, which means August has arrived and we're at the height of fair time. The St. Croix County Fair wrapped up in July, but people are still talking about it. Across the river, Washington County Fair runs Aug. 2-6 in Stillwater and then it is Wisconsin's turn again with the Pierce County Fair Aug. 10-13 in Ellsworth.
STILLWATER, Minn. — The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new St. Croix Crossing Bridge is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, on the Minnesota side of the new bridge. Governors and state and local officials from Minnesota and Wisconsin will be in attendance for the one-hour ceremony that is open to the public. Public parking will be at the old Fury Motors lot (Highway 36 and Osgood across from Walgreens), the Stillwater Middle School, and the Stillwater Area High School.
Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. The Red Cross has experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July, according to a news release.
In recent years, Wisconsin lawmakers have eased regulation on the largest animal feeding operations in the state. Recently proposed changes to the state's administrative rule regarding livestock facility siting, however, could prove a step toward restoring some local regulatory autonomy over all feeding operations. In his May 23 presentation before the St. Croix County Ground and Surface Water Study Group, County Corporate Counsel Attorney Scott Cox outlined current possible avenues for local municipalities to regulate livestock operations.
Thanks to an AmeriCorps Volunteer grant, the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, Inc. is offering a full time paid position designed to expand volunteer participation in park activities. The search is on for the right person. Could it be you? Someone you know?
Employees of Three Square Market of River Falls will have a chance at a new way to work with optional implanted chip technology starting Aug. 1. For those who volunteer, an RFID chip will be implanted in their finger and will allow them to make purchases in their break room "micro market," open doors, log in to computers, use the copy machine and more. The company expects about 50 employees to participate.
It's obvious the world is changing at a rapid rate. What an understatement. The older generation reminisces about the time when the world moved a slower pace. Sitting on the front porch with a glass of lemonade in the evenings after supper, chatting with a neighbor over that white picket fence, taking the time for real conversations face-to-face as opposed to a quick text or Snapchat over a screen.
The River City Chorale is celebrating its ninth season of choral music by presenting a series of concerts in July. Over 140 vocalists from Hudson, Stillwater, New Richmond, the St. Croix River Valley, the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin will perform with the ensemble this summer. The public is invited to attend.