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With the help of reward donations, the DNR continues to investigate the shooting death of a black bear near Star Prairie while it was apparently hibernating. DNR Warden Paul Sickman said a total of $1,750 has been put up including $500 from Star Prairie Fish and Game, $500 from Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, $250 from Mid-State Houndsmen Association and $500 from various private parties. Sickman said the incident is still under investigation. The bear was apparently shot while hibernating in a culvert, decapitated and found in the town of Somerset in February.
Tragic accidents happen quickly. Drowning often occurs with many people, including adults, in and around swimming pools and beaches. Recent research by Johnson & Johnson shows that 88 percent of children who drowned were under adult supervision and that parents are overconfident about their children's safety and abilities around water. Because drowning can occur silently and in a matter of seconds, at least one parent or adult should always be a completely focused "Water Watcher," dedicated to monitoring children playing in the water. Hudson has the St. Croix River at our doorstep.
Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten will recommend to the Board of Education on June 11 the appointment of Kathleen (Katie) Coppenbarger as the next Principal of River Crest Elementary and Kimberly (Kim) Osterhues as the next Principal of Willow River Elementary. Coppenbarger will bring six years of administrative experience and over 10 years of teaching experience to the Hudson School District.
It may have been a while in coming but "Sound of Summer" will be celebrated at a special concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Hudson High School auditorium. The concert will include performances by the HHS Swing Choir, Hudson High Harmony and more than a dozen HHS alumni who are returning to perform. Choral director Kari Heisler describes the event as "an evening of upbeat, fun, entertaining music." Admission is $5.
Summer is only 18 days away, and temperatures still dropped to the freezing mark this morning in Vilas County in far northern Wisconsin. It was 31 degrees at Land O'Lakes at 6 a.m., and Eagle River was at the freezing point at 32. By 7 a.m. it was around 40 in both those communities, and the rest of Wisconsin was in the 40's and 50's. Monroe was the warm spot at 53. Clear skies and virtually no wind allowed the cold to sink in, and temperatures will stay below normal for a while. The National Weather Service says the mercury might not hit 70 until Friday.
United Way St. Croix Valley will be running its fourth annual online auction throughout the month of June. All proceeds generated by this year's auction will be used to support programs that provide basic needs like food and shelter in St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties. Each week from June 3 to June 30, United Way will post new donated items and services on eBay.
Motorists are advised to be on the lookout for deer this time of year as does search for places to give birth and young deer separate from their mothers. With this increased activity, drivers may encounter more deer darting into the paths of their vehicles without warning. Although motor vehicle collisions with deer peak in the fall months, June is one of the worst months for driver and passenger injuries due to deer crashes.
The second of two bodies of a pair of St. Croix Central High School students who jumped from the Stone arch Bridge in Minneapolis has been located. The body of Erika Borgstrom, 16, was found Wednesday, May 29, near the Picnic Island Canoe Landing on the Minnesota River near Fort Snelling. The body of Dakotah Coach, 18, was found in the Mississippi River Tuesday, May 21. The teens disappeared from the Roberts Hammond area around May 10 and were seen jumping from the bridge together just before dawn on Tuesday, May 14. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled both deaths as suicides.
The German Settlement Heritage Society is planning an old fashioned ice cream social Sunday, June 9, 3-6 p.m. at 837 County N, near Hudson. The event features rhubarb desserts and homemade ice cream. The old brick bake oven will be operating for those who wish to bake personal items. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. For those who like history, St. Croix County Board Chair Daryl Standafer will impersonate Charlie Ward at this event.
The Hudson Home and Garden Club will publish a 2014 calendar and is seeking photo submissions from local photographers. The focus of the calendar will be on the Hudson area and photos submitted should have a strong "Hudson identity" -- that is, landmarks, places, events and recreation that most people would recognize as being in the Hudson area. The submission deadline is July 31. For complete submission guidelines, email HGC . The calendar will be sold later this year by club members and at selected retail stores in Hudson.