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Summer has proven to be the most dangerous season for drivers. Law enforcement has continued to watch out for drivers' dangerous behaviors by having an extra speed enforcement put in place July 7-23. The numbers indicate that speeding remains a serious issue in the state. More than 300 law enforcement agencies participated in the two-week extra speed enforcement around Minnesota. The agencies reported 16,580 citations for unsafe speeds, up 3,339 from last year and 1,781 seat belt citations, with an increase of 238 from last year.
Summer enters the home stretch this week, which means August has arrived and we're at the height of fair time. As soon as one closes, another begins. Locally, the Washington County Fair runs Aug. 2-6 in Stillwater. Dakota County Fair then takes center stage Aug. 7-13 in Farmington. Not that long ago — in the days before frozen corn dogs and permanent amusement parks (indoor and out) — the county fair offered good eats and big thrills you couldn't experience at any other time of year. The fair was a treat for the senses.
STILLWATER, Minn. — The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new St. Croix Crossing Bridge is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, on the Minnesota side of the new bridge. Governors and state and local officials from Minnesota and Wisconsin will be in attendance for the one-hour ceremony that is open to the public. Public parking will be at the old Fury Motors lot (Highway 36 and Osgood across from Walgreens), the Stillwater Middle School, and the Stillwater Area High School.
Pet supplier Chuck & Don’s is running its annual Raising Awareness campaign to benefit three Minnesota and Wisconsin based non-profit organizations: Pets Loyal to Vets, Leech Lake Legacy and Midwest Animal Rescue & Services (MARS). In Colorado, the campaign will support the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment (C-RAD).
In the years leading up to 2014, police calls for service to retailers in Cottage Grove mainly came from two stores — Target and Kohl’s. Walmart threw open its doors in March of that year, immediately becoming the top source of calls for service in the east metro suburb, claiming a lead that has remained firm since it opened. “It’s become its own little city,” said Cottage Grove Public Safety Director Craig Woolery.
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.