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Registration for the fall hunter education class is now available on the “Go Wild” section of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov. A 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, deadline is set for receiving class materials and the payment of the nonrefundable $10 fee. All registration is done on the DNR website. Class size is limited. There is no minimum age for the class but to receive the full benefits of the class, the student must be 12 years old within six months of class completion.
The Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited is delighted to announce the completion of a conservation project on the Trimbelle River west of Ellsworth. This project is another example of the vision of Kiap-TU- Wish in the 21st century: to conserve, protect and restore cold water streams. The project area is on the Mike and Suzanne Holst property along County Highway O about one mile south of U.S. Highway 10. There is a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources easement on the property and it is open to public fishing.
The River City Chorale is celebrating its ninth season of choral music by presenting a series of concerts in July. Over 140 vocalists from Hudson, Stillwater, New Richmond, the St. Croix River Valley, the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin will perform with the ensemble this summer. The public is invited to attend.
EAU CLAIRE— The Wisconsin Technical College System Board of Directors on Wednesday, July 12 approved a $1.5 million addition to the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) campus at River Falls. The project, along with future planned remodeling at the campus and partnership in the St. Croix Valley Business Incubation Center, is part of an overall effort by CVTC to meet the workforce needs of the region, according to CVTC Vice President of Operations Tom Huffcutt.
The Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in partnership with the St. Croix County 4-H Horse Committee and with continued support from the St. Croix County 4-H Dairy Committee are well on the way to a successful year of fundraising towards retiring the note on Horse Barn #1. The stretch goal is to fully retire the note in 2018 and move on to the next project. The Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds' "Renovations for the Generations Capital Fund Drive" is a comprehensive, capital fund drive to update and improve the Fairgrounds for generations to come.
Fair tickets will be available starting Monday, July 17. You can be the first one on your block to purchase your season gate pass and advance sale ride tickets for the 2017 Pierce County Fair. "Butter than Any Udder Fair" is the 2017 theme. The fair runs Thursday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 13, and features free daily entertainment, as well as over 11,000 fair entries, fabulous food, over 100 commercial exhibits and a great midway.
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.