Wisconsin LRB-2457, a bill worth $2.4 billion in economic activity and 18,000 new jobs in a single year alone, would have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use. The bill failed. Now here in St. Croix County, we have a pending resolution on the August ballot. It will undoubtedly take the vocal will of the people to bring the Green Rush to Wisconsin. Here's why I like it:
The New Richmond boys' high school-age summer soccer team completed its summer season with a tournament championship in the Father's Day Cup in Lakeville, Minn., the weekend of June 16-17. The number of players in the New Richmond program this summer totaled 33, allowing for two teams to participate in a number of events this summer. One team played at U18 and one team at U16 with training being done as one group. The team is sponsored through the local New Richmond Soccer Club.
Hudson's sixth annual St. Croix RiverFest celebration is set for July 17-22. RiverFest, "A Party with a Purpose," is designed to inspire people of all ages to actively celebrate the St. Croix River while recognizing the need to preserve and protect the river's health and beauty. RiverFest is made possible by the support of event sponsor Nor-Lake and other sponsors.
The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, Inc. is offering beginner, family-friendly kayak lessons. Kayaking is a great way to experience the outdoors, get healthy exercise, and have fun. Final session: Paddle down the scenic Kinnickinnic River to the spectacular St. Croix! No previous kayak experience is required. However, you should be comfortable in water over your head. All equipment is provided including kayaks, paddles, and personal flotation devices (PFDs). PFDs must be worn at all times. Class is limited to 10 participants.
HUDSON — The Phipps Center for the Arts proudly announces the 30th annual free, outdoor concert by the Minnesota Orchestra on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakefront Park bandshell. Under the direction of assistant conductor Akiko Fujimoto, the acclaimed ensemble will delight music lovers of all ages with a mix of well-loved popular and classical music. The program will consist of "The Star-Spangled Banner," by John Stafford Smith/arr.
Constitution Party of Wisconsin State Chairman Andrew Zuelke decided to run for State Treasurer again after voters like himself voted "No" on the April 3 statewide referendum to eliminate the constitutional office.
The Hudson Hot Air Affair kicked off the 2019 theme of "Pirates Fly'n the Croix-ribbean" with a boat cruise on June 18. The 2019 event will be held Feb. 1-3.
About 80 well-being champions and leaders from HealthPartners hospitals and clinics across the St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin gathered for a team building event on Tuesday, June 5 at the YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson. Camp Champ is the first event of its kind held by the organization. It brought together Be Well Champions from departments as diverse as surgery, human resources, environmental services and laboratory. They listened to brief presentations and took part in team exercises on the Initiatives Forest low elements course and group challenge games.
State Rep. Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) has solidified two meetings for Wisconsin Broadband Director, Angie Dickison, to listen to local residents' and officials' concerns on rural broadband. The two sessions will be on Tuesday, June 26. The first event is scheduled to run from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Town of Stanton, Dunn County (E1940 890th Ave.) in Knapp. The second session will be from 2-3:30 p.m., at the Star Prairie Town Hall (2118 Cook Drive) in Somerset.
The public reception for the new exhibitions in The Galleries will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 22 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. This is an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy hors d'oeuvres at this event for all ages. The Galleries feature mixed media by Barbara Evan of St. Paul, multi-media paintings and sculpture by Mic Johnson of Golden Valley, Minnesota, oil paintings on canvas by Mat Ollig of Minneapolis, mixed media painting by Anne Rynearson of St.