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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.
Young people are at greater risk for risky behaviors during the summer, when they spend long stretches of time unsupervised. Decades of statistics demonstrate that violence, drinking and drug use rates go up during the warm summer months.
Remember the memories of summer when you and your family traveled to the local fair and spent hours enjoying an American tradition? Cotton candy, ferris wheels, clowns, rides, cattle, homemade cakes and pies. We can all vividly remember these county fair staples from our childhood.
The economy appears to be on the rebound, at last reaching the steady employment numbers of 10 years ago — before the Great Recession swelled the ranks of the jobless. The return of unemployment rates under 4 percent for Minnesota and Wisconsin residents with college educations should have people feeling cautiously optimistic. Businesses, restaurants and manufacturers are hiring. In fact, many local firms can't get enough good workers. "Hiring now" banners fluttering in the wind and "help wanted" signs posted or painted on windows are just about anywhere you look.
Heywood, Cari & Anderson SC recently received bronze certification as a Family Friendly Workplace from the United Way St. Croix Valley's Success By 6 initiative. The family-friendly practices recognized included: a flexible work schedule, a health savings account, and five or more additional days off beyond personal time off for family obligations.