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Explore the St. Croix River from another perspective. From mussels to raptors and a variety of living river critters, experience the St. Croix River on an ecological-minded cruise featuring river life. Naturalists of the Carpenter Nature Center will share their expertise of the natural history of the area aboard a scenic boat cruise offered by Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines. Live raptors and various river critters will be aboard for a first-hand look at river life. The Grand Duchess will set sail on Friday, July 20, and guests of all ages are invited to join the fun.
Two weeks ago today, we had to put our dog down. His name was X, named after the firebrand hero of my youth, Malcolm X. He was a black 12-year-old Standard Poodle and he developed what's called "bloat," where the stomach flips and puts pressure on important arteries. We could have opted for very expensive surgery with an uncertain outcome but we decided to put him down instead. I still feel a tinge of guilt about that, mainly because he was one of my best friends and trusted me implicitly. Part of me feels like I let him down and betrayed his trust. Everyone reading this has lost someone or something. A pet or brother or sister or parent.
Damaged property was reported at 1:15 p.m. in a parking lot on Laurel Avenue on Friday, June 8. A man reported he was using a lawn mower to cut the grass near the parking lot and lost control of the mower while driving down a hill. The mower struck a vehicle in the lot and caused a flat tire.
On June 18, the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors Administration Committee voted 4-1 to bring a cannabis referendum before the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors for their general meeting in August. There are many concerns that all taxpayers and parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and acquaintances who have had a loved die from an opioid/meth overdose or deal with an addiction regarding this potential referendum.
A high school teacher in California years ago began his annual Holocaust unit with an experiment at the front of the classroom. He outfitted an aquarium with water, shells, plants, and a bubbler but no fish. Each day he shook a little fish food into the water while launching into his lesson for the day.
In response to the several letters to the editor that John Windolff has sent regarding his suit against the Town of Hudson for brushing by his property, the town board turned that into our insurance company immediately after receiving it and the town's insurance carrier assigned a lawyer to handle the case.
Two dogs left in a car brought an officer to a parking lot on Ward Avenue at 4:50 p.m. Friday, June 1. One of the animals was barking, while the other was lying in the rear passenger seat. The current temperature was 70 degrees. The officer did not see any signs of heat-related distress. The owner returned a few minutes later, and the officer gave suggestions on how to better care for dogs if they were to be kept in a car.
My spouse and I like to eat breakfast at local restaurants. One of our favorite places is a local bar/restaurant combination where the price is right, the food is good, the bartender/waiter and cook are favorite people and the customers offer personal insights (often vehemently) on all the controverted issues of the day.
The Hudson Star-Observer recently ran a piece on the handling of sexual assault in St. Croix
America's young people desperately need to learn the fundamentals of the Constitution and its importance to liberty. In the last presidential primaries, more millennials (America's youngest voters) voted for Bernie Sanders, who proudly espoused dangerous socialism, than voted for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton combined. Though the final election results were encouraging for those who support limited government,