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Clouds across parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin cleared just enough Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, to offer some a glimpse of a solar eclipse. The middle of the eclipse — when the maximum amount of the sun was covered — occurred shortly after 1 p.m. locally. Around 80 percent of the sun was covered. The eclipse spanned the country, with some areas experiencing complete blockage for more than 2 minutes. It was the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years. A total eclipse will next occur over parts of the U.S. in 2024.
The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron, America's tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is hosting a free event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, featuring Harold Brown, a World War II pilot with the famed Tuskegee Airmen. The night promises to inspire the local community through his remarkable experience as one of our nation's first black military pilots.
ST. PAUL — Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 21, through 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work. The white-winged scoter is the only eligible species for depiction on the 2018 waterfowl stamp.
Summer has proven to be the most dangerous season for drivers. Law enforcement has continued to watch out for drivers' dangerous behaviors by having an extra speed enforcement put in place July 7-23. The numbers indicate that speeding remains a serious issue in the state. More than 300 law enforcement agencies participated in the two-week extra speed enforcement around Minnesota. The agencies reported 16,580 citations for unsafe speeds, up 3,339 from last year and 1,781 seat belt citations, with an increase of 238 from last year.
Summer enters the home stretch this week, which means August has arrived and we're at the height of fair time. As soon as one closes, another begins. Locally, the Washington County Fair runs Aug. 2-6 in Stillwater. Dakota County Fair then takes center stage Aug. 7-13 in Farmington. Not that long ago — in the days before frozen corn dogs and permanent amusement parks (indoor and out) — the county fair offered good eats and big thrills you couldn't experience at any other time of year. The fair was a treat for the senses.
Pet supplier Chuck & Don’s is running its annual Raising Awareness campaign to benefit three Minnesota and Wisconsin based non-profit organizations: Pets Loyal to Vets, Leech Lake Legacy and Midwest Animal Rescue & Services (MARS). In Colorado, the campaign will support the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment (C-RAD).
In the years leading up to 2014, police calls for service to retailers in Cottage Grove mainly came from two stores — Target and Kohl's. Walmart threw open its doors in March of that year, immediately becoming the top source of calls for service in the east metro suburb, claiming a lead that has remained firm since it opened. "It's become its own little city," said Cottage Grove Public Safety Director Craig Woolery.
Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. The Red Cross has experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July, according to a news release.
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.