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Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. The Red Cross has experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July, according to a news release.
Local gardeners in Afton, Lakeland and Bayport (Minn.) are weeding and feeding plants and flowers in preparation for the inaugural Gardens of Light Walking Tour on Saturday, July 29. The garden tour is a fundraiser for mental health programming at Oak-Land Middle School in Lake Elmo. Local community members are organizing the event, which will highlight different types of neighborhood gardens, along with a stop at the Squire House Gardens in Afton.
One or our RiverTown reporters has a favorite question he likes to ask interviewees: What one thing do you believe everyone should have, regardless of cost? The answers range from nobel (peace, financial security and happiness) to sweet, such as when a child lobbies for free ice cream for life or those magical objects called toys. One young lady's answer was a best friend. There is one thing we wish everyone could have, and it's free: an open mind. We know already that everyone has an opinion.
Employees of Three Square Market of River Falls will have a chance at a new way to work with optional implanted chip technology starting Aug. 1. For those who volunteer, an RFID chip will be implanted in their finger and will allow them to make purchases in their break room "micro market," open doors, log in to computers, use the copy machine and more. The company expects about 50 employees to participate.
COTTON, Minn. — A woman was killed, and a Duluth man is under investigation after a boat struck a dock and boat lift on a lake near Cotton late Saturday. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported that the crash happened at about 11:15 p.m. on Dinham Lake in Ellsburg Township, about 35 miles northwest of Duluth. According to the sheriff's office:
It's obvious the world is changing at a rapid rate. What an understatement. The older generation reminisces about the time when the world moved a slower pace. Sitting on the front porch with a glass of lemonade in the evenings after supper, chatting with a neighbor over that white picket fence, taking the time for real conversations face-to-face as opposed to a quick text or Snapchat over a screen.
Auto insurance company refunding $315,000 to Minnesota drivers ST. PAUL—More than 1,600 Minnesota drivers will be receiving refunds from Farmers Insurance Exchange after the insurance firm was accused of unfair pricing practices. The Minnesota Commerce Department examined Farmers Insurance Exchange's pricing practices and found that the company had been charging renters higher auto rates than homeowners, the agency said in a statement released Tuesday. It is illegal in Minnesota to set auto insurance rates based on residential status.
The River City Chorale is celebrating its ninth season of choral music by presenting a series of concerts in July. Over 140 vocalists from Hudson, Stillwater, New Richmond, the St. Croix River Valley, the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin will perform with the ensemble this summer. The public is invited to attend.
Nine East Ridge students visited Birmingham, Ala., the week of June 19 for the National Speech and Debate Association tournament, the largest academic competition in the world. During the preliminary rounds, Ben Olson, Lindsay Martin and Jane Ahmann participated in World School's Debate; Daniel Johnson participated in Congressional Debate; Alex Yang placed top 30 in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking; and Tre' Edgerton moved forward to the final round of Program of Oral.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. — Future yellow school bus wheels will go round and round with electricity harnessed from wind power. Three partners collaborated to roll out the electric school bus pilot program: Schmitty & Sons, Dakota Electric Association of Farmington and Great River Energy, the power supplier for Dakota Electric.