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Today's column is less about economics and more about feelings — my feelings. Please indulge me. First, to my Muslim friends and colleagues, as well as the entire Muslim community, I am so sorry for the president's travel ban. I am so sorry if it keeps you from your loved ones. I am so sorry if it reinforces stereotypes against you. And I'm so sorry if it increases the hate with which you are targeted. Your religion does not approve of violence, yet you are its victims.
As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month. A critical need remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start. To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available for patients in the coming weeks, donations are needed now, especially type O.
Bob and Nancy Johnson and family will host the 37th annual St. Croix County Farm-City Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 on their family farm at 1963 110th Ave., Baldwin. Events include a guided farm tour, petting barnyard, exhibits and displays, a farm machinery display, lunch and family activities. Everyone is welcome, and the event will be held rain or shine. Sponsors are St. Croix County farmers, businesses and St. Croix County UW-Extension. Meet the Johnsons
The dog days of summer wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Pierce County Fair. Stop in, take in the sights, visit with friends old and new and enjoy the "All County Reunion," going until Sunday, Aug. 12.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued a statewide air quality alert due to smoke spreading across northern Minnesota Friday, Aug. 10, and southern Minnesota on Saturday, Aug. 11.
As the investigation continues into an outbreak of a waterborne illness this summer at a Zumbrota campground, state health officials have been working with the business owner to reduce the risk of illness.
DENMARK TOWNSHIP — A suspect was taken into custody Thursday evening after a reported firearm discharge in the 1400 block of 70th Street South. Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded 4:02 p.m. Aug. 9, 2018, to a disturbance call at a residence, according to a news release. While evacuating occupants from the residence, a deputy reported that a firearm had been discharged.
Prepare to be entertained. The Starlifter, a seven-piece band of Air Force men and women, is coming to town. The Starlifter will perform a free concert at the Rotary Pavilion in Veterans Memorial Levee Park 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. The band features two vocalists, a percussionist, bassist, pianist and guitarist who will play any type of music under the sun. The evening will be a mix of rock and pop, country and jazz, as well as old classics and new hits. Starlifters is just one of eight bands that components of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America.
ROSEMOUNT — The Second Act Players will perform three stage shows of "The Girls of Autumn" this weekend at the Steeple Center. Director Keith Reed shared how the cast of eight looks forward to performing this new production. The script was written by Paul Barile. "It is an old jewel thief gang getting back together in their old age, and it is a comedy of errors and there are some side stories that go on," Reed said.
A motorcycle passenger was killed and its driver seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash Wednesday night, Aug. 8, 2018, at the intersection of Highway 316 and Highway 61 in Welch Township.