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Xcel Energy recently presented a donation of $62,662 to United Way St. Croix Valley Executive Director Ann Searles. Also present were representatives from United Way partner agency Operation HELP. Xcel Energy is a key partner in United Way's efforts to build stronger communities, and every dollar contributed by employees and retirees is matched by Xcel Energy. In addition to the fall campaign, Xcel Energy is also a strong supporter of United Way's John Coughlin Food & Resource Center, frequently volunteering and sponsoring monthly food shipments.
The American Health Care Association established National Nursing Home Week in 1967. For 50 years, the designation has provided a dedicated time frame to remind people — residents, of course, but especially their friends and families — just how much long-term facility staff and volunteers do for those in their care. The week always starts on Mother's Day, which is appropriate given that the majority of nursing home residents are women. The radio of women to men is 7:1 or greater, depending on the source.
Gov. Scott Walker is expected to announce he is ready to run for re-election in 2018, according to excerpts from a speech the Republican is scheduled to give Saturday, May 13, at the Republican Party of Wisconsin's State Convention in Wisconsin Dells. "People often ask me if I am going to run again in 2018. Well, with record employment in the State of Wisconsin, the better question is, 'Why wouldn't I run for re-election?'" according to the excerpt released Friday afternoon.
Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley hosted the Reach for the Stars gala with Caribbean flair on April 30 at the River Falls Golf Club. Despite the chilly, wet weather, the climate among the nearly 250 guests was warm and festive. The event was the Family Resource Center's 12th annual, and a finale for Executive Director Patty Draxler, who is set to retire Friday, May 19, after over 14 years leading the organization.
The Old Gem Theater presents, "Stuart Little" at 7 p.m. May 18-19, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, and weekdays through June 9. E.B. White's classic book, "Stuart Little" has captured the imaginations of children for generations. In the Old Gem's production, we follow the exploits of Stuart, a small mouse, as he struggles for survival in a very big world. Born to a family of humans in New York City, Stuart rides buses around town, sailboats in Central Park, and he even becomes a substitute teacher for a day.
RIVER FALLS — More Little Free Libraries are popping up around the St. Croix Valley, with Chippewa Valley Technical College students working with area nonprofit organizations to find new locations. CVTC communication instructor Karen Jubie involved her students by picking up the ball from a project her husband was involved in. As general manager of Luther Hudson Chevrolet, Tim Jubie worked to establish a Little Free Library in every municipality in St. Croix County back in 2015.
St. Croix County will hold the annual Clean Sweep Hazardous Waste Collection May 19-20 at the county highway shop located at 666 E. Highway 12 in the Town of Hudson. Household hazardous waste will be collected from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, May 19, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced the preliminary March 2017 unemployment rates for Wisconsin's 72 counties and the 32 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County's rate was estimated at 3.7 percent. The county's final rate was 4.6 and 4.2 percent in February and January, respectively. One year ago, the county's unemployment rate was estimated at 4.7 percent. March's estimates are preliminary and are subject to revision within the next few weeks.
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.