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If you have had shingles, you are very aware of how painful this viral infection can be. Shingles most commonly appears as a rash or a stripe of blisters that wraps around the left or right side of your torso, but it can appear anywhere on the body including the face and scalp. It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies dormant in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. For some, the virus can reactivate as shingles.
Washington County Parks will begin its summer campfire program season Memorial Day weekend with programs at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. • Carpenter Nature Center will present a program on "Animals of the St. Croix" at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. • The Dodge Nature Center will present a Washington County Parks program on "Chickens, Chickens, Everywhere" at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. The programs are free with the park entry fee, $7 daily or $30 annually.
The Woodbury Bridge Club 2019 marathon bridge sessions celebrated the end of this year's program May 14 with a luncheon at the Woodbury Sheraton hotel. Following a morning and early afternoon of playing bridge the three top scoring teams in the marathon were recognized. This marathon bridge playing event is only one of many sponsored by the WBC.
Dr. Bruce Locklear has been appointed Interim Head of School at New Life Academy in Woodbury. He brings more than 20 years of school leadership experience to this role, including principal, superintendent and interim executive leader spanning four different Minnesota schools. Under his leadership, school recognitions have included National 21st Century School National Top School Award by Newsweek, and Principal of the Year (2010). Prior to his leadership roles, he has spent time in the classroom both as a K-12 teacher and a Professor at Southwest State University.
Washington County Parks is introducing fishing programs in a number of parks in June and July. Family Fishing will be June 1 at Big Marine Park Reserve as part of Explore Your Parks Day when no vehicle permit is required to enter county parks. One program will be 10 a.m. to noon, and another program from 1-3 p.m. The programs are free, but registration is required.
Nearly three and a half months later, and the 2019 Slim Down Challenge has come to an end. However, the conclusion of the challenge does not have to bring your healthy lifestyle to a halt. We hope that you've learned as much about yourself and maximizing your health as we have and that you continue with your best practices going forward. Brian Mozey I can't believe the final weigh-in was last Wednesday. There have been many ups and downs, but the challenge has opened my eyes to many possibilities regarding exercise and nutrition.
Ellsworth police are looking for a man in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in Ellsworth Thursday night. According to a news release, a male suspect approached a lone female who was seated in her vehicle at about 10:52 p.m. May 16 near 315 W. Main St. The man, armed with a handgun, told the woman to give him her purse and phone. She complied, and the man fled south into an alley toward a residential area on South Grant Street.
A Brooklyn Park man is accused of running sex trafficking operations at hotels in Woodbury and Brooklyn Center while incarcerated in a county jail cell. Daniel David Ellington, 38, was charged in Washington County on two counts of sex trafficking and two counts of promotion of prostition, according to a news release Thursday, May 16, 2019, from County Attorney Pete Orput. According to the news release:
Woodbury High School Choirs presents its "Fire and Ice" cabaret at 7 p.m. May 21-23. The performance will include all curricular and extracurricular choirs, including varsity choir, choralaires, concert choir, select ensembles Viva Voce and Chamber Singers, and solo acts. This year's theme will feature production numbers such as "Freeze Frame," "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "Disco Inferno." Other popular songs include "Great Balls of Fire," "Cold as Ice" and "Fire and Ice." Solo acts will include "Fire," "Heatwave," "I Want It That Way" and "Fever."
SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOLS — Sculptures, paintings and collages were among the works displayed May 7 at the annual Woodbury Elementary School art show. Students from kindergarten through fifth grade celebrated the fine arts along with their families and teachers.