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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will begin taking this year’s annual Lake Pepin ice measurements Feb. 21. The Corps takes ice measurements on Lake Pepin annually to forecast the navigational outlook on the Upper Mississippi River.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Wisconsin and the United States, accounting for more than 370,000 deaths each year. While the death rate from heart disease fell about 38 percent from 2003-2013, the burden and risk factors remain alarmingly high. February is American Heart Month, an excellent time to educate individuals that heart disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and managing their health conditions.
WOODBURY — Marie Frederick, member of Artists of Woodbury, is the creative genius behind the Bold North Art Experience. "I thought that it would be a great diversion, and fun experience for people to celebrate art during the festivities of Super Bowl LII," she said. "As an artist in the area, and art educator, I know many talented artists and decided to pull together a group for a sale January 28 to February 10 when people are celebrating the Super Bowl."
Super Bowl Live employee offered VIP tickets in exchange for sex with teens ST PAUL—A Missouri man in town to work at Super Bowl Live is accused of offering two VIP tickets to the event in exchange for sex with a pair of teens. Justin Beard, 33, of Branson, Mo., was charged Thursday, Feb. 1, with two counts of offering or agreeing to hire a prostitute under the age of 16, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court. He is in custody and is expected to make his first appearance in court on Friday.
Minn. woman, 19, dies in skiing accident after striking tree WABASHA, Minn.—A 19-year-old Minnesota woman is dead following an accident at a ski resort in southeastern Minnesota Saturday, Jan. 20, according to KTTC-TV. Bethany Becker, of Corcoran, Minn., hit a tree after failing to make a turn toward the bottom of a ski slope at Coffee Mill Ski Area in Wabasha, according to police. An ambulance crew arrived on scene and transported Becker to Mayo Clinic-Saint Marys and met the Mayo One helicopter at Plainview along the way.
Jessica A. Bivens, 22, River Falls, waived extradition Jan. 5 to Washington County, Minn, where she was charged May 18 with felony fifth degree possess schedule 1,2,3,4,-- not small amount of marijuana. Kyle M. Brown, 37, Ellsworth, posted two $2,000 signature bonds on two disorderly conduct charges and one battery charge Jan. 4. The charges resulted from incidents Jan. 4 in Ellsworth.
Ellsworth Community School District has announced school will be closed Monday, Jan. 22 due to a predicted a snowstorm. The Ellsworth Elementary Open House, scheduled for Monday night, Jan. 22 has been postponed. A new date will be announced. Other area schools who have cancelled school, as of 8 p.m. Sunday night, include Hastings, Goodhue and Red Wing.
The sixth annual Special Olympics basketball tournament is scheduled for Jan. 28. The opening ceremonies will be held 10:45 a.m. in the West Gym at the Baldwin-Woodville High School. Games start on the hour in the four gyms between Greenfield and the high school.
A group of 17 parishioners from St. Ambrose of Woodbury visited the church's Sister Parish Jan. 2-9 in Esmeralda, Camaguey, Cuba. It was the third trip to Cuba and the largest group yet. Parishioners experienced a youth group Nativity skit along with Cuban singing and dancing. The group also spent time visiting with the sick, helping tear down a hurricane-damaged church building and playing baseball with teens and university students home for the holidays.
MADISON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the individuals who will serve on the Wisconsin USDA Farm Service Agency state committee. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs. Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee include: • Committee Chair Lisa Condon — Horicon