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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.
The Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin is celebrating its 31st year of success in restoring the populations of the Eastern bluebird in the state. Organized and started by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Recourses to recover the diminishing numbers of bluebirds in Wisconsin, BRAW's trail monitors maintain nesting boxes for the Eastern bluebird, as well as other native cavity nesters.
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.
The economy appears to be on the rebound, at last reaching the steady employment numbers of 10 years ago — before the Great Recession swelled the ranks of the jobless. The return of unemployment rates under 4 percent for Minnesota and Wisconsin residents with college educations should have people feeling cautiously optimistic. Businesses, restaurants and manufacturers are hiring. In fact, many local firms can't get enough good workers. "Hiring now" banners fluttering in the wind and "help wanted" signs posted or painted on windows are just about anywhere you look.
Motorists on Highway 63 near the Red Wing Bridge will encounter flaggers beginning the week of June 5, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. The work will take place during daytime hours after 8:30 a.m. and before 3 p.m. as crews perform work for construction of the new Mississippi River bridge. Flaggers will control traffic for the safety of motorists and workers. Short delays are possible. Motorists will encounter intermittent flagging operations through construction season this year.
Heywood, Cari & Anderson SC recently received bronze certification as a Family Friendly Workplace from the United Way St. Croix Valley's Success By 6 initiative. The family-friendly practices recognized included: a flexible work schedule, a health savings account, and five or more additional days off beyond personal time off for family obligations.
Pierce County Fair Manager Ann Webb has released this year's fair schedule with a variety of activities that will appeal to fairgoers. The Pierce County Fair will be Aug. 10-13 starting with the pre-fair motocross at 7 p.m. Friday, July 28 in the grandstands. In honor of the strong agricultural background of Pierce County, the 2017 theme is "Butter than Any Udder Fair."
To accommodate heavy traffic volumes expected over the Memorial Day weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is asking contractors to temporarily halt construction work on many highway improvement projects across the state.