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Owners of wells that pump more than 100,000 gallons of water a day are no longer subject to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources review for maintenance and replacement of existing wells. Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill June 1 that reduces DNR oversight of high-capacity wells, which are used mostly by farmers and industrial businesses. The new law allows well owners to forego DNR review for well maintenance, reconstruction and ownership transfers.
The St. Croix Valley Master Gardener Association will be sponsoring a fun contest for kids at the Pierce County Fair, where they can enter their biggest vegetables and flowers. This contest is open to all kids under the age of 16; they need not be affiliated with 4-H or any other youth organization.
EMERALD, Wis. — After more than 20 years of living on their grassy acreage tucked between farms, Chad and Mary Enerson were mortgage-free and the dream of replacing their century-old farmhouse was in sight. Their prospective house overlooked a pond pulsing with chirps and croaks, engulfed in a continuous buzz from the wildlife that gather at dusk. The couple even explored avenues to earn some retirement income from the pond — breeding shrimp or getting a permit to sell salamanders.
Isn't it a shame that sometimes it takes a tragedy to open our eyes? The tornado that left a swath of destruction in its wake through the towns of Martell and Gilman Wednesday, June 28 could have been much worse. Someone could have died; luckily, no one did. It's amazing with how quickly the storm swooped in, only one concussion and a few scrapes were tallied.
Every year, millions of people attend county, district or state fairs and tell their friends about the great time they had. Maybe it was your first encounter seeing a cow, riding the Ferris wheel, eating a corn dog, serving as a superintendent for 30 years, or even getting engaged; but it happened at the fair. Now it's time to share your story with the rest of the state. Your story could be from the past or the present year.
The Pierce County Fair Office will continue the collection display that was showcased at last year's fair. It is not a competition and won't be judged, it is just an opportunity to show off your collection and tell its story.
St. Croix County Register of Deeds Beth Pabst is the new president of the Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association.
Getting a jump on next year's 50th anniversary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway's upper portion, writer Buz Swerkstrom has collected more than 80 riverway-related newspaper and magazine articles into a book called "St. Croix Stories: Writings about the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway 1979-2010." The 380-page collection, available by mail order and in both print and e-book versions from Amazon.com, adds up to a modern history of the riverway, which includes most of the St. Croix River and all 98 miles of its longest tributary, the Namekagon River.
When Chippewa Valley Technical College announced a year ago that its River Falls campus would be offering the first year of its Automation Engineering Technology program starting in August 2016, Bert Graham of Roberts took notice of the opportunity to improve his position. The 2016 River Falls High School graduate was already working in manufacturing, at Okieff Cabinet in River Falls, but wanted to do better. "Right now, I'm in mill work, and I want to get into the actual wiring and maintenance of the machines," Graham said.
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.