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Thrive Women’s Outdoor Adventures, a ministry of Faith Community Church’s women’s ministry, offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and events to the women of the St. Croix Valley. One of its upcoming activities includes kayaking down the lower canyon of Kinnickinnic River in River Falls on Saturday, June 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Michael Nieskes is hoping to become the first prosecutor since the 1980s not named Eric Johnson to hold the title of St. Croix County attorney. Nieskes, who serves as deputy DA under Johnson, confirmed last week that he will be running for the office. Johnson announced in late April that he will not be seeking re-election in the fall. “It’s a great opportunity to serve,” Nieskes said last week. “I think I’m the best choice for it.”
Hudsonite Robert Burke announced April 20 that he will be running in the fall for the 7th District against Republican Sean Duffy. Burke, a former Financial Services Executive from Hudson, plans to center his campaign for Congress around ending the wars and healing the nation’s economy. Burke was also a 2014 Libertarian candidate for governor.
“Pinkalicious the Musical,” with the book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, music by John Gregor, and lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann, and Victoria Kann, will be performed by The Phipps Children’s Theater April 29 through May 8, on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
This year marks the 12th year for the annual Music and Art Show at Willow River Elementary, filling the school with art from students (K-5) and local artists. The show will take place on Friday, April 22, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The theme for this year’s show is African Artscapes. Jodi Youngman, art teacher at Willow River, has been focusing on the country of Africa in the classrooms this year. Youngman has been teaching the students about different areas of the country and then creating artwork representative of the areas studied.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary February 2016 unemployment rates on March 30 for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 32 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 5.4 percent. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate for January was 5 percent and December’s final rate was 3.9 percent. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 4.9 percent.
Conversations of the Valley, a public affairs luncheon series sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Foundation, will continue on Wednesday, April 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. (doors open at...
Yoga for children ages 2-6 years along with an adult will be offered on six Mondays, April 18 through May 23, 10:30-11 a.m., at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The goals of this class are to strengthen the parent-child bond, advance social relations, improve language abilities, increase emotional well-being and foster brain development through stories and songs. Visit www.yoga-n-more.com to watch a video and get a sneak peek into the class.
“Explore, Discover, Create,” a Nature Sketchbook Workshop organized by The Phipps Center for the Arts, in partnership with Belwin Conservancy in Afton, Minn., will be held Saturdays, April 16 and 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. “This workshop is a unique opportunity for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and artists of all skill levels to work with both an artist and naturalist while exploring two inspiring landscapes at Belwin that are usually closed off to the public,” said Phipps visual arts director Anastasia Shartin.
In recognition of Earth Day, eight HealthPartners and Park Nicollet hospitals and clinics are partnering with Tech Dump, a Minnesota electronics recycling nonprofit, to collect unwanted computers and cell phones (gently used, obsolete, or damaged).