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Summer officially begins this week, and yet, it was one degree above freezing in Superior this morning. Most of Wisconsin was in the 40's and 50's, but a couple spots in the north cooled down to the 30's after a boisterous cold front went through. Northwest Wisconsin had heavy thunderstorms early yesterday afternoon. A pole shed blew down near New Richmond, and hail fell in St. Croix and Polk counties.
More showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Wisconsin today as another cold front pushes through. Much of the state was dry for Father's Day, but parts of far northern Wisconsin have been hit with storms for two days in a row. Small hail was reported early last evening at Cornucopia in Bayfield County and McNaughton in Oneida County. Minnesota Power had 7,000 customers without power in Duluth last evening.
The Afton Strawberry fest will be held from from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23 in downtown historic Afton, Minn. The family-friendly event includes food, music, art, vendors and a European-style flea market. For more information, go to ASF
The 123rd Annual Commencement at Hudson High School was delayed for an hour and moved from Newton Field to the school gymnasium. The weather forecast was off by a couple of hours, by 8 p.m. when the ceremony started the skies had cleared. Heavy rain in the mid to late afternoon caused the event to be relocated. The district, students and parents took the change in stride. The overflow audience could watch the event in the auditorium. This class started their Hudson school District career in 2000 as a class of 267 students. Saturday night 405 received their diplomas.
Rhythms of the African Diaspora Percussion Camps will be offered by Babatunde Lea Monday-Friday, July 22-26, at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
Marie and Bill Loughney of Hudson are celebrating their 60th anniversary. They were married at St. Patrick Church on June 20, 1953. Their children are Mark and wife Debby, Kathy and husband Jerry, John and wife Colleen, Anne and husband Dick, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Four teams advanced after Thursday's Division 1 quarterfinals at the girls' state high school soccer tournament in Milwaukee. Brookfield Central eliminated Neenah 1-0 on an unassisted goal by Bella Turelli. Cedarburg blanked Eau Claire Memorial 3-0 as Josee Stiever had two goals and an assist. Waukesha West edged Middleton 2-1. Caroline Keenan scored the deciding goal in the 67th minute. De Pere topped Kenosha Tremper 3-1.
Sun Prairie won its second straight Division 1 state high school spring baseball title Thursday night, with a 5-4 victory over Stevens Point in eight innings near Appleton. Conner Funnell drove in the winning run with a two-out double in the top of the eighth. Brett Yoder, who scored the game-winner, pitched the final six innings to get the win. In Division 2, Lodi won the championship with a 5-2 win over Green Bay Notre Dame.
New University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen spoke at the annual Northwest Badger Golf Classic held Monday, June 10, at the River Falls Golf Club. The event, to benefit the Badger football program, also featured appearances by 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, voice of Badger football and basketball Matt Lepay and Paul Bunyan's Axe, the traveling trophy that goes to the winner of the Wisconsin-Minnesota game in the oldest rivalry in NCAA Division I football.
Let's Go Fishing means a lot more than just a mere invitation to go fishing. For a group in Stillwater, Let's Go Fishing is the name of their organization that takes people fishing on the St. Croix River who would otherwise not have the opportunity to go. Formerly known as the Stillwater Chapter, the group became the 27th Let's Go Fishing chapter in Minnesota in 2010. However within the last month the group has changed its name to the St. Croix Valley Chapter, reflecting the interest and support it has been receiving from both sides of the St.