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ST. PAUL—For the third year in a row, seat belt tickets decreased during the Minnesota summer Click It or Ticket campaign's two-week extra enforcement wave. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety said a few of the more dangerous situations where drivers were ticketed were when a state trooper cited a young driver for not wearing a seatbelt while going 110 mph in a 55 mph zone, and an officer ticketing a driver with two teens riding in a boat being towed by a vehicle.
United Heroes League and the Hastings Rotary Club announced "Live On The Levee," an outdoor concert featuring Eric Pasley with special guest Brandon Lay, will be held Saturday, Aug. 19. at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park in Hastings.
Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15
United Way St. Croix Valley recently awarded a grant to Camp Avanti for a scholarship fund to send several children to camp who else would not be able to. Camp Avanti provides an occupational therapy program for children ages 6 to 15 who have learning disabilities and/or sensory processing dysfunction, according to a news release. Through activity, individuals develop the ability to respond productively.
Summer won't officially begin for another two weeks, but road construction is in full swing. Summer as Midwesterners know it truly is here. These road and bridge projects, including preparations for the interstate Mississippi River span to replace the aging Eisenhower Bridge, will create occasional headaches for the impatient and patient alike — frustration and exhaustion that can't be blamed on the arrival of summer heat. But each of us would do well to remember that delays, detours and dust are part of the package.
Young black bear charges man, dog in Bayport BAYPORT, Minn.—A young black bear spotted wandering around Bayport in far eastern Minnesota along the St. Croix River charged at a man and his dog getting within about 15 yards before they escaped. Bayport police say the bear was spotted several times Tuesday morning in and around the river. Residents of Stillwater and Stillwater Township have also reported seeing bears in their yards, said Harland Hiemstra, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
BRANDON, Minn. — A 10-year-old Crookston girl was hospitalized after a pit bull attacked her and bit her numerous times at a residence in Brandon. According to a report from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, Samantha VanWert of Brandon called 911 and told dispatchers she was enroute to the Douglas County Hospital with Autumn Flaten, who had just been bitten by her pit bull.
Carol Gardner, a physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, recently became a board-certified clinical specialist in women's health. She is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association. Specialist certification formally recognizes physical therapists who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in a specific area of physical therapist practice.
Young people are at greater risk for risky behaviors during the summer, when they spend long stretches of time unsupervised. Decades of statistics demonstrate that violence, drinking and drug use rates go up during the warm summer months.
Maiden Rock Summerfest Festival will be Saturday, June 17, in the village park. This year the community will salute veterans. All vets who present a military ID at the Maiden Rock Area Community Association table will receive a coupon for a half-price chicken dinner coupon. American Legion Post 158 will present a tribute at the parade stand. In addition, all 2017 button sales/donations will go to Post 158. Activities start at noon. Food, a bounce house, games and a 2 p.m. parade are planned. There will be a silent auction 1-4 p.m and karaoke 3-5:30 p.m.