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The Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings has a new executive director. Jen Vieth was the unanimous choice of the three committees tasked with hiring a new leader for the non-profit center. The position became available earlier this year when Jim Fitzpatrick decided to retire after serving as the director for the past 32 years. Vieth is just the second executive director at the center. A comprehensive search began when Fitzpatrick announced his retirement in late 2012.
Apples, pumpkins, and hayrides will be celebrated this weekend when the annual Apple Fest is celebrated this weekend in the St. Croix River Valley. Apple orchards will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offer a variety of activities, including tours and petting zoos. Participating orchards include Afton Apple, Carpenter's St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Fischer Croix Farms, McDougall's Apple Junction and Whistling Well Farms.
The fall raptor release at Carpenter Nature Center will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. The program is presented in partnership with The Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota. Rehabilitated birds of prey will be released at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visitors can learn about and photograph eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls. There will be many activities for children and you may bring empty printer cartridges to recycle for the raptors.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation told elected officials in Hastings on Wednesday afternoon they planned to reduce the speed limit on Highway 61 between the Hastings bridge and U.S. Highway 10. The current 60 mph speed limit will remain in place between The Point Restaurant and the end of the concrete barrier for southbound travelers.
A crash just north of the Highway 61 bridge claimed the life of one person Monday morning, May 3. Brian Jacobson, 34, of Lake City, died in the crash. The four-vehicle accident was reported at 6:20 a.m. near the King's Cove entrance. In addition to the fatality, two people were injured. In the latest information released by the State Patrol, the drivers of the other vehicles have been identified as Anthony L. Mancheski, 19, Maplewood; Ka Lee, 47, Newport; and Jason Brommerich, 33, Hastings.
Several years ago, the chair of the University of Minnesota Journalism Department felt me out about whether or not I would like to join its faculty as a writing teacher. I replied that sounded great, thinking about its famous grads, like Harry Reasoner, Eric Severaid, Max Shulman, et al. "Good," said the chair. "It'll be a tough sell, getting you accepted by the department?" How so, I asked. "You don't have any publications," he replied. "I most certainly do.
It's time to roll out several summer reading books, including Lisa Gardner's "The Neighbor" (Bantam, $25). South Boston has always fascinated me, ever since movies like "Good Will Hunting" and "Mystic River." Gardner ("The Killing Hour)" sets her new novel in the world of the "Southie." A housewife, Sandra Jones, from South Boston turns up missing, leaving behind only a four-year-old daughter and her husband, Jason, who seems determined to destroy evidence of his wife's existence. Detective Sgt. D.D.
NEW LONDON -- As people started checking in early Friday morning at Sibley State Park for a weekend of camping, the office staff there received an urgent email about the emerald ash borer that will affect all visitors at every state park. The notice gave firm instructions for park personnel to question overnight visitors about whether they had firewood with them. Campers will be asked to voluntarily give up unapproved wood and exchange it for certified bundles of wood that's for sale at the parks. If they don't, they could risk confiscation and a citation by a conservation officer. The oth
A wag of my acquaintance once said that word processors are ruining the art of biography. He explained that it's so easy to type on them (no carriage return, no worries of hyphenation, etc.), that "if Moses had one, there'd be 17 commandments rather than 10." In some ways it's true. Back in the 18th century, Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote wonderfully perceptive and readable biographies of writers like Richard Savage in about 50 modern-day pages. But even before the advent of the word processor the modern taste for detail led to biographers piling more and more detail into their work.
ON LAKE SUPERIOR, NEAR THE FRENCH RIVER -- The big rainbow had put up a strong fight, but now Tom Hultquist thought maybe he had lost it. Duluth's Hultquist, fishing from shore on Lake Superior near the French River on Wednesday, was dealing with a shore-fishing hazard.