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One or our RiverTown reporters has a favorite question he likes to ask interviewees: What one thing do you believe everyone should have, regardless of cost? The answers range from nobel (peace, financial security and happiness) to sweet, such as when a child lobbies for free ice cream for life or those magical objects called toys. One young lady's answer was a best friend. There is one thing we wish everyone could have, and it's free: an open mind. We know already that everyone has an opinion.
COTTON, Minn. — A woman was killed, and a Duluth man is under investigation after a boat struck a dock and boat lift on a lake near Cotton late Saturday. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported that the crash happened at about 11:15 p.m. on Dinham Lake in Ellsburg Township, about 35 miles northwest of Duluth. According to the sheriff's office:
It's obvious the world is changing at a rapid rate. What an understatement. The older generation reminisces about the time when the world moved a slower pace. Sitting on the front porch with a glass of lemonade in the evenings after supper, chatting with a neighbor over that white picket fence, taking the time for real conversations face-to-face as opposed to a quick text or Snapchat over a screen.
Auto insurance company refunding $315,000 to Minnesota drivers ST. PAUL—More than 1,600 Minnesota drivers will be receiving refunds from Farmers Insurance Exchange after the insurance firm was accused of unfair pricing practices. The Minnesota Commerce Department examined Farmers Insurance Exchange's pricing practices and found that the company had been charging renters higher auto rates than homeowners, the agency said in a statement released Tuesday. It is illegal in Minnesota to set auto insurance rates based on residential status.
The Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited is delighted to announce the completion of a conservation project on the Trimbelle River west of Ellsworth. This project is another example of the vision of Kiap-TU- Wish in the 21st century: to conserve, protect and restore cold water streams. The project area is on the Mike and Suzanne Holst property along County Highway O about one mile south of U.S. Highway 10. There is a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources easement on the property and it is open to public fishing.
The River City Chorale is celebrating its ninth season of choral music by presenting a series of concerts in July. Over 140 vocalists from Hudson, Stillwater, New Richmond, the St. Croix River Valley, the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin will perform with the ensemble this summer. The public is invited to attend.
Fair tickets will be available starting Monday, July 17. You can be the first one on your block to purchase your season gate pass and advance sale ride tickets for the 2017 Pierce County Fair. "Butter than Any Udder Fair" is the 2017 theme. The fair runs Thursday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 13, and features free daily entertainment, as well as over 11,000 fair entries, fabulous food, over 100 commercial exhibits and a great midway.
Construction will pick up July 10-14 on the Minnesota side for the Red Wing Bridge project, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. Here is the schedule of expected work: Minnesota • Temporary crossover and bypass construction work is scheduled to start on Highway 61 in the project area. Drivers can expect to see lane closures for this work.
Isn't it a shame that sometimes it takes a tragedy to open our eyes? The tornado that left a swath of destruction in its wake through Pierce County Wednesday, June 28, could have been much worse. Someone could have died; luckily, no one did. It's amazing with how quickly the storm swooped in; only one concussion and a few scrapes were tallied.
The interdisciplinary team at Plum City Care Center recently completed the Wisconsin Dementia Training Project. The online training provides an overview of dementia including types, risk factors, symptoms, treatment and research. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Center for Career Development and Employability Training in partnership with Wisconsin Department of Health Services and a group of stakeholders developed dementia care guiding principles for caregivers, providers and other professionals.