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The Afton Strawberry fest will be held from from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23 in downtown historic Afton, Minn. The family-friendly event includes food, music, art, vendors and a European-style flea market. For more information, go to ASF
Let's Go Fishing means a lot more than just a mere invitation to go fishing. For a group in Stillwater, Let's Go Fishing is the name of their organization that takes people fishing on the St. Croix River who would otherwise not have the opportunity to go. Formerly known as the Stillwater Chapter, the group became the 27th Let's Go Fishing chapter in Minnesota in 2010. However within the last month the group has changed its name to the St. Croix Valley Chapter, reflecting the interest and support it has been receiving from both sides of the St.
The St. Croix County Historical Society will offer special Father's Day tour of the Octagon House Museum on Sunday, June 16, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Families are invited to take a guided tour and fathers are admitted free when accompanied by a child of any age. Fathers can enjoy the unique architecture and features of the Octagon House and the collection of farming tools, blacksmith equipment, carpentry tools, and much more in the Garden House.
MADISON -- The Hudson Police Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office at the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) announced today that the Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the June 3 fire that occurred in the State Community Corrections office located in the St. Croix Business Park at 2100 O'Neil Road in Hudson. The fire occurred shortly after 6 a.m.
More than 20 years ago, a young man nicknamed Rhino had a physical to join the United States Armed Forces. He was notified that he had failed the physical because he had cancer, something he had not realized. He was in and out of remission, said his friend Brad Vier, and was struggling to pay for things. A group of young men, including Vier, entered the River Falls Day's softball tournament with the hope of winning so they could give the prize money to Rhino to help with his expenses.
The Dirty Shorts Brass Band from the Twin Cities will open the Concert in the Park series on the Lakefront Park band shell at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. The band is a second line group performing both traditional and contemporary Dixieland style brass band music using the standard New Orleans instrumentation that includes trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, sousaphone, snare and bass drums. They also do a lot of singing. Second line brass bands are heard throughout the music festivals in New Orleans, and are an important part of Mardi Gras.
United Way St. Croix Valley will be running its fourth annual online auction throughout the month of June. All proceeds generated by this year's auction will be used to support programs that provide basic needs like food and shelter in St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties. Each week from June 3 to June 30, United Way will post new donated items and services on eBay.
Motorists are advised to be on the lookout for deer this time of year as does search for places to give birth and young deer separate from their mothers. With this increased activity, drivers may encounter more deer darting into the paths of their vehicles without warning. Although motor vehicle collisions with deer peak in the fall months, June is one of the worst months for driver and passenger injuries due to deer crashes.
The second of two bodies of a pair of St. Croix Central High School students who jumped from the Stone arch Bridge in Minneapolis has been located. The body of Erika Borgstrom, 16, was found Wednesday, May 29, near the Picnic Island Canoe Landing on the Minnesota River near Fort Snelling. The body of Dakotah Coach, 18, was found in the Mississippi River Tuesday, May 21. The teens disappeared from the Roberts Hammond area around May 10 and were seen jumping from the bridge together just before dawn on Tuesday, May 14. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled both deaths as suicides.
The German Settlement Heritage Society is planning an old fashioned ice cream social Sunday, June 9, 3-6 p.m. at 837 County N, near Hudson. The event features rhubarb desserts and homemade ice cream. The old brick bake oven will be operating for those who wish to bake personal items. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. For those who like history, St. Croix County Board Chair Daryl Standafer will impersonate Charlie Ward at this event.