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Gov. Scott Walker was at the Hudson Community Daycare on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a series of initiatives designed to protect children against internet crime, fund services for sexual assault victims, provide monitoring of domestic abusers and other dangerous individuals and fund DNA collection for felony and some sexual-related crimes. The new initiatives are being funded through a $14 million budget allocation. "One of the basic functions of government is to ensure public safety and health," said Walker.
The Phipps Children's Theater will produce the area premier of Disney's "The Little Mermaid, Jr.," featuring music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and the book by Doug Wright, which is based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen and the Disney film, Feb. 8-24 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the fun-loving and mischievous mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.
The Phipps Dance Company is preparing for its eighth annual performances on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The 2012-13 company is comprised of 13 auditioned dancers who range in age from 13 to 18. It is led by artistic directors Barb Suick and Stephanie Campbell. Included in the versatile concert this year are modern, ballet, hip-hop, tap and Bollywood selections.
"Now that science has attained its youth and superstition is in its dotage, the trembling, palsied wreck says to the athlete: 'Let us be friends.' It reminds me of the bargain the cock wished to make with the horse: 'Let us agree not to step on each other's feet.'" --Robert Ingersoll, 1885 That was Robert Green Ingersoll expanding on his remark that religion had sought to strangle science in its cradle. Several years ago ink-stained wretches such as myself, liked to stay at The Gramercy Park Hotel.
An assistant district attorney for Pierce County was arrested on a second drunken driving charge last weekend following the investigation of a crash in the town of Hudson. The St. Croix County Sheriff's office said Thomas Gregory Amann, 55, Ellsworth, was booked into the St. Croix County jail on an OWI-second charge shortly after midnight Feb. 2. Sheriff's deputies were called to a crash on near a curve in the road on County A at 11:08 p.m. Feb. 1. A car was driven into the ditch and crashed into trees.
The St. Croix Valley Bird Club is sponsoring speaker Joanna Eckles on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Roberts Public Library, 311 West Warren St. the meeting is from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Eckles will speak on "Protecting birds from the hazards of our built-up world." She works with the Audubon Minnesota Society on the issue of bird collisions with buildings and other structures. This meeting is free and open to the public.
Afton State Park will host a candle-lit hike from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. The trail is two miles and suitable for hikers of all ages. Snowshoeing will be a possibility if there is enough snow. Following the hike park and trail visitors can warm up around a fire and roast marshmallows or enjoy a hot drink. The event is free but a vehicle permit ($5/one-day permit or $25/year-round permit) is required For more information, go to MNDNR or call the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Five Barbershop quartets from the "Croix Chordsmen Chorus" and one from the Vallee de Croix, Sweet Adelines, will be on the road with "Singing Valentines," on Feb. 14. For a donation to their Youth In Harmony fund of $40, their "Singing Valentine" Quartets will travel all over the eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin area to serenade lucky recipients for Valentine's day. They will sing two songs, present a rose, box of candy, a personalized card and provide a photo of the event, too.
A series of exhibitions featuring a mixed media installation by Mary Bergs, Minneapolis; mixed media printmaking by CathyJean Clark, Neillsville; oil paintings by Tom McGregor, St. Paul; ceramics by Ursula Hargens, Minneapolis; acrylics on panel by Leslie Pilgrim, Mendota Heights, Minn.; journal drawings and watercolors by Tara Sweeney, St. Paul; and a group exhibition featuring work in a range of media by 11 local artists who participated in a series of seminars during 2012 focusing on the role of art and sustainability will be on view through Feb.
The Hudson Hot Air Affair will take to the sky this weekend for the 24th annual hot air balloon rally and winter festival Feb. 1-3.