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About 200 people gathered Oct. 12 at Stillwater Middle School for the Make It OK Community Conversation. Make It OK is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness. The event included Minnesota Public Radio presenter John Moe, who hosted the first season of the "Hilarious World of Depression" podcasts earlier this year sponsored by HealthPartners and Make It OK. Moe said he continues to hear from listeners who find inspiration from the comedians who have dealt with depression.
Members of Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services are helping stock food shelves in Pierce and Pepin counties through the co-op's Operation Round Up program. Eight food pantries were each awarded $1,200 at the board's October meeting — Pierce County Food Pantry, Elmwood Food Pantry, Plum City Food Pantry, Prescott Area Food Shelf, River Falls Food Pantry, Spring Valley Community Food Pantry, Pepin County Food Pantry and Pepin-Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran-Food Pantry. The donations were presented to pantry representatives during the regional Hunger Prevention Council meeting Oct. 25.
The Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties has received a $20,000 grant from the United Way St. Croix Valley. "The United Way St. Croix Valley does a phenomenal job in improving the lives and communities in Pierce, St. Croix and Polk counties," said Amy Muzzy, the newly hired fundraising and communications coordinator. "It is an honor to partner with them again. This grant will be instrumental in providing those in need, who qualify, the ability to receive health care."
The community is invited to First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., Hudson, beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday Nov. 2 to take a walk in the shoes of someone with dementia through the use of the internationally known Virtual Dementia Tour. The tour is a 10-minute sensory experience that gives those with full cognition the ability to understand what the disease of dementia sounds, looks and feels like.
The Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Erik Peregrine, will present "American Impressions" on Oct. 29, at the Somerset High School. This will be the second Woodbury Orchestra and Chorus presentation in Somerset. This concert of familiar orchestral and choral music will include Copeland's Variation on a Shaken Melody from Appalachian Spring, What Wondrous Love Is This, Wade in the Water, The Promise of Living from Copeland's Tender Land, Gershwin's Summertime, Shenandoah, and selections from Dvorak's American Suite.
The River City Chorale invites the community to "Glorious Day" presented by the RCC Ensemble Singers in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., Hudson.
Michael Norman, author of "Haunted Heartland," is coming to Festival Theatre to read from his book at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. The evening will consist of an hour-long reading by the author and a book signing. There will be books for purchase as well. The book features real-life accounts of haunted houses, ghosts, mysterious lights and more.
EAU CLAIRE — Bob Juhnke of River Falls spent some time shopping his newly developed skills around the career fair Oct. 18 at the Manufacturing Education Center at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire.
Hunters can help fill local food pantries by donating their deer. Meat is a hot commodity in area food pantries — it's expensive, in high demand and donations of meat are not as frequent as other foods — so pantries rely on programs like Donate a Deer. Hunters can help pantries in Pierce and St. Croix counties this fall by: • Legally harvest a deer in Wisconsin • Field dress the deer • Register the deer at a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources registration station • Drop off deer at an approved site by Jan. 31, 2018
From 2001-04, St. Croix County builders recorded 4,745 one- and two-family home starts, including 1,230 at a high point in 2003, according to the Wisconsin Builders Association. Home starts in St. Croix County dipped under 1,000 in 2005 with 952, resulting in a long, downward slide through 2009 when 123 starts were recorded. An upward trend began in 2010 with 132 one- and two-family starts. In 2016, there were 359 home starts in St. Croix, and through September, there were 294 starts in 2017.