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DETROIT — The Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit has announced that the date for the Rev. Solanus Casey beatification ceremony will be Saturday, Nov. 18 at Ford Field. This follows the historic announcement by Pope Francis on May 4 that Casey will be elevated to Blessed in the Roman Catholic Church. Ford Field will be configured to accommodate approximately 60,000 guests for the ceremony.
EMERALD, Wis. — After more than 20 years of living on their grassy acreage tucked between farms, Chad and Mary Enerson were mortgage-free and the dream of replacing their century-old farmhouse was in sight. Their prospective house overlooked a pond pulsing with chirps and croaks, engulfed in a continuous buzz from the wildlife that gather at dusk. The couple even explored avenues to earn some retirement income from the pond — breeding shrimp or getting a permit to sell salamanders.
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 the towns of Martell and Gilman 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.
Every year, millions of people attend county, district or state fairs and tell their friends about the great time they had. Maybe it was your first encounter seeing a cow, riding the Ferris wheel, eating a corn dog, serving as a superintendent for 30 years, or even getting engaged; but it happened at the fair. Now it's time to share your story with the rest of the state. Your story could be from the past or the present year.
Getting a jump on next year's 50th anniversary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway's upper portion, writer Buz Swerkstrom has collected more than 80 riverway-related newspaper and magazine articles into a book called "St. Croix Stories: Writings about the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway 1979-2010." The 380-page collection, available by mail order and in both print and e-book versions from Amazon.com, adds up to a modern history of the riverway, which includes most of the St. Croix River and all 98 miles of its longest tributary, the Namekagon River.
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.
The St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo, named the 2015 Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo of the Year, brings top notch RAM Rodeo to the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in Glenwood City June 16-17. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the 7:30 p.m. performances taking place rain or shine. Wild Thang and Tricked Out will be featured acts. Rodeo attendees will see an exhibition of trained animal acts and trick riding.
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 between Red Wing and Pierce County 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.
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.
With low water temperatures statewide, boating safety officials are encouraging anglers to take special precautions to make sure they stay safe on their early season fishing trips, recreation safety officials say. Water temperatures are still cold even though the air temperatures are warming up. Such conditions mean that anglers who fall into the water or have their boat flip will have less time to get to safety because hypothermia sets in quickly.