High-flying, fast-paced dirt bike and ATV racing will be featured as the preview show for this summer's premier event, the Pierce County Fair. The Supercross Racing event will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at the Fairgrounds Grandstand in Ellsworth. Attendees will see racers jump 70-foot triples, navigate bermed corners and pound through the whoops.
The Minnesota Twins and Twins Community Fund in partnership with Youth 1st, Federated Insurance, Jostens, Pearson, Cashwise, Bennerotte & Associates, Jaguar Communications, The Retrofit Companies, US Bank, Owatonna Motor Company, Profinium and Minnesota-USA Softball have selected the Prescott 14U softball team as the recipient of a Youth 1st Team Award for their outstanding sportsmanship during the 2019 Frenzy Tournament, hosted by the Farmington Girls Fastpitch Association.
The Ellsworth Panthers 14U traveling softball team coached by Kenzie Diercks took first place at the 34-team, Tri-County Fastpitch 14U B League State Qualifier Tournament held at Rice and Arlington Fields in St. Paul July 13-14. The Panthers played through the heat and humidity, boasted a 6-0 record, and finished the weekend with a dominant 15-4 victory over the St. Paul North Area Rookies in Sunday's championship game. With the first-place finish, the Panthers now qualify to play in the Minnesota Softball Tier 2 State Tournament in St. Peter, Minn. July 20-21.
As I think most of you know, I am a wildlife biologist and have worked most of my career trying to conserve wild places that are home to both rare and common species of plants and animals. I have lived just outside of Ellsworth for 24 years and in recent years have noticed a disturbing trend to mow all of the roadsides. I used to see nesting red-winged blackbirds, thirteen-lined ground squirrels, sparrow hawks and various other species using these areas. Now they are, in my opinion, green deserts.
Plum City Middle/High School has named its fourth quarter honor roll recipients. They are as follows: A honor roll 12th grade: Paige Benson, Robert Brunner, Noah Gansluckner, Charles Girdeen, Katherine Hassing, Darrick Hinrichs, Mikaili Kannel, Tyler Maxwell, Olivia Miller, Justin Nunez, McKenzie Raethke, Mackenzie Wieser. 11th grade: Owen Bartsh, Hannah Batho, Mackenzie Caturia, John Henn, Mikinzie Ingli, Halli Martin, Zackory Phillips, Vanessa Seipel, Hannah White.
Laugh with 'Weekend Comedy' "Weekend Comedy," by Sam Bobrick and Jeanne Bobrick, takes a comedic look at the nature of love through the eyes of two couples from different generations. It will be performed July 12-28 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Remember the memories of summer when you and your family traveled to the local fair and spent hours enjoying an American tradition? Cotton candy, ferris wheels, clowns, rides, cattle, homemade cakes and pies. Many can vividly remember these county fair staples from childhood. If you are a youth member of 4-H, FFA, scouting programs, breed groups, or any other recognized youth organization under adult leadership and with an education program approved by the local fair you can register for the St. Croix County Fair under the Junior Fair Departments.
The Phipps Center for the Arts proudly announces the 31st annual free outdoor concert by the Minnesota Orchestra on Monday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakefront Park bandshell. Under the direction of associate conductor Akiko Fujimoto, the acclaimed ensemble should delight music lovers of all ages with a mix of well-loved popular and classical music.
On behalf of the Ellsworth American Legion Auxiliary, I want to thank the Ellsworth community for supporting the Ellsworth American Legion Auxiliary. On May 23 we distributed poppies in various locations in the Village and YOU generously contributed to assist veterans and their families. Three-quarters of the funds raised through poppy distribution are used for veterans and their families in this community and the remainder supports veteran hospitals and homes.
On Memorial Day, while driving from Cannon Falls to Lake City to visit the grave of a soldier lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom, I drove through Red Wing past many homes, businesses and establishments, many of which that were flying the American Flag improperly. According to etiquette, on Memorial Day the Flag is to be flown at half-staff from dawn until noon, (to honor our nation's fallen heroes), and then raised briskly to full-staff until sunset.