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Two in five U.S. citizens live where pollution levels are too dangerous to breathe. That's according to the annual American Lung Association State of the Air Report released last week. The good news is that the number of people exposed to these unhealthy particulates dropped from 166 million to 125 million based on three-year measurements covering 2012-14 and 2013-15.
In 2016, Wisconsin recorded over 2,800 work zone crashes that resulted in 1,110 injuries and nine fatalities. To enhance the safety of highway workers and motorists, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is implementing use of temporary portable rumble strips on a state highway improvement project scheduled for this construction season. The rumble strips provide an audible and vibratory warning to motorists entering a construction zone and have helped to reduce speeds and crashes in work zones in other states.
Attention runners and walkers! After last year's fantastic attendance, Body Works will be hosting its second annual 5K Fitness Walk and Run at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at Body Works, 1380 N. Acres Road, Prescott. Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the Prescott Middle School Choir.
"Start seeing motorcycles." The public safety campaign, like the motorcycles, revs into high gear this weekend when the annual Spring Flood Run will bring thousands and thousands of riders to the region. For the uninitiated, the Flood Run and its autumn counterpart raise money for Gillette Children's Hospital and commemorate the 12 Twin Cities riders who rode 90 miles to Winona, Minn., to sandbag the town during the historic 1965 flood. The community threw them a party in 1966 and eventually the Flood Run was born.
WELCH, Minn.—Adam Sandler is coming to Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minn., this summer. The comedian's "Netflix Presents: Here Comes the Funny Tour" will arrive at the casino northwest of Red Wing on Wednesday, June 21. Sandler will be joined by fellow comedians David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider. It's a rare appearance in Minnesota by the comedians. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show start at $99 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com.
RIVER FALLS -- The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter will host the fifth annual Ag Day on Campus 10 am to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. The interactive event is free and open to the public.
On March 23, the U.S. Census Bureau released its July 1, 2016, population estimates. St. Croix County gained an estimated 3,684 residents since the 2010 census, bringing its total to 88,029 — a 4.367 percent increase. This growth allowed St. Croix County to rank seventh among the state's 72 counties for numeric increase and fifth by percentage increase. From July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016, the Census Bureau estimates St. Croix County gained an additional 527 new residents — a 0.60 percent increase.
RIVER FALLS, Wis. — As a result of the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity's partnership with the SpartanNash Foundation and the four Family Fresh Market and Econofoods stores in New Richmond, River Falls, Somerset and Hudson, the local Habitat affiliate recently received an $8,400 donation from the retail grocery stores. The donation — which took place April 7 at Family Fresh Market, 303 South Main St., River Falls — will help build hope and affordable housing for Habitat homebuyers.
The St. Croix Valley Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus will hold spring concerts at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Stillwater Area High School in Oak Park Heights, Minn. The show theme, "Back in the Old Routine," is striking a particularly poignant note with the singers. The songs, including "There Never was a Gang Like Mine," "There's a New Gang on the Corner," are nostalgic reminiscences of the golden days of barbershop.
On March 29, the United Kingdom sent a letter to the European Union invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the two-year separation process. It's fair to wonder why Americans and particularly those of us in the Heartland should care about U.K.-EU relations. If the "special relationship" between the United States and the U.K. isn't enough to warrant concern, surely trade between the two countries is.