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EMERALD, Wis. — After more than 20 years of living on their grassy acreage tucked between farms, Chad and Mary Enerson were mortgage-free and the dream of replacing their century-old farmhouse was in sight. Their prospective house overlooked a pond pulsing with chirps and croaks, engulfed in a continuous buzz from the wildlife that gather at dusk. The couple even explored avenues to earn some retirement income from the pond — breeding shrimp or getting a permit to sell salamanders.
The St. Croix County Recycling program will be hosting an electronics collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the St. Croix County Services Center, 1752 Dorset Lane, New Richmond. This event offers the community an opportunity to safely recycle unwanted or unusable electronic devices. Accepted electronics include, but are not limited to, televisions, computers, laptops, printers, copiers, radios, telephones and treadmills. Fees for the event are listed below: • TV (13" and smaller): $25 • TV (14-19"): $30 • TV (20-27"): $35
St. Croix County Register of Deeds Beth Pabst is the new president of the Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association.
Getting a jump on next year's 50th anniversary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway's upper portion, writer Buz Swerkstrom has collected more than 80 riverway-related newspaper and magazine articles into a book called "St. Croix Stories: Writings about the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway 1979-2010." The 380-page collection, available by mail order and in both print and e-book versions from Amazon.com, adds up to a modern history of the riverway, which includes most of the St. Croix River and all 98 miles of its longest tributary, the Namekagon River.
The St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo, named the 2015 Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo of the Year, brings top notch RAM Rodeo to the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in Glenwood City June 16-17. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the 7:30 p.m. performances taking place rain or shine. Wild Thang and Tricked Out will be featured acts. Rodeo attendees will see an exhibition of trained animal acts and trick riding.
United Way St. Croix Valley recently awarded a grant to Camp Avanti for a scholarship fund to send several children to camp who else would not be able to. Camp Avanti provides an occupational therapy program for children ages 6 to 15 who have learning disabilities and/or sensory processing dysfunction, according to a news release. Through activity, individuals develop the ability to respond productively.
I am humbled and honored to serve as the 2017-18 president of the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation. I accepted a request to move my presidency up a year and will advance from my former officer position of second vice president. Although my term as president is slightly unexpected, St. Croix EDC will not skip a beat.
With low water temperatures statewide, boating safety officials are encouraging anglers to take special precautions to make sure they stay safe on their early season fishing trips, recreation safety officials say. Water temperatures are still cold even though the air temperatures are warming up. Such conditions mean that anglers who fall into the water or have their boat flip will have less time to get to safety because hypothermia sets in quickly.
The Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin is celebrating its 31st year of success in restoring the populations of the Eastern bluebird in the state. Organized and started by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Recourses to recover the diminishing numbers of bluebirds in Wisconsin, BRAW's trail monitors maintain nesting boxes for the Eastern bluebird, as well as other native cavity nesters.
Carol Gardner, a physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, recently became a board-certified clinical specialist in women's health. She is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association. Specialist certification formally recognizes physical therapists who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in a specific area of physical therapist practice.