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The St. Croix Economic Development Corporation is seeking nominations for Business of the Year awards. Categories include: • Emerging Business of the Year (a start-up business that has operated in St. Croix County for five or fewer years) • Small Business of the Year (29 or fewer employees) • Business of the Year (30 or more employees) A nomination form and guidelines can be obtained from St. Croix EDC at 715-381-4383, by email, nita//stcroixedc.com/nominations-open-2017-business-year-awards/.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn.—The oldest snow monkey in North America died Sunday at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Nikko, a Japanese macaque (commonly referred to as snow monkeys), celebrated his 34th birthday in September, according to a news release issued Monday by zoo officials. Nikko nearly doubled the average life expectancy of his species, which is 18 years, the news release said. He arrived at the zoo in 2001.
River States Truck & Trailer, will be recognized for the third consecutive year at the awards breakfast at Pier Wisconsin at Discovery World in Milwaukee. The Wisconsin 75 recognizes the largest 75 privately held businesses in Wisconsin. The program recognizes more than just revenue — it also recognizes business contributions to the communities in which they are located, the people who build the business, and the overall Wisconsin economy of which they are a part.
On Oct. 5, Belwin Conservancy and St. Paul Public Schools celebrated the completion of a new footbridge that will allow students of all abilities to access outdoor education opportunities. SPPS Superintendent Joe Gothard, Belwin Executive Director Nancy Kafka, Belwin Outdoor Science Education Director Josh Leonard, Kim Lawler of Tree Trust, and others officially opened the new span at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
EAU CLAIRE — The Dental Clinic at Chippewa Valley Technical College will once again be offering a chance for veterans to receive free dental care. The Give Vets a Smile event is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the clinic at the CVTC Health Education Center, 615 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. Any veteran without other dental benefits who has a current military ID or is enrolled in VA Health Care is eligible to participate.
University of Wisconsin-River Falls seniors Tynan Pratumwon, Kylie Hommerding, Sor Her, Liz Schultz, Adrian Harvieux, Darielle Dahnke and Molly Ruoho will present their Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in Gallery 101 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building Oct. 13-24. On display will be blown glass, printmaking, ceramics, photography, mixed media installations, painting and drawing. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Registration is now open for vocalists to perform with the River City Chorale's "Christmas with the Chorale." As part of the group's ninth season of performing beautiful choral music, the Christmas Chorale will share its gift of uplifting Christmas and holiday music with Hudson and the St. Croix River Valley. The Christmas Chorale is open to all singers 16 years old and up. No audition is necessary, though previous choral experience (church, high school or community choir) is desired.
Young singers in the Hudson area and St. Croix River Valley are invited to join The River City Chorale Youth Choir for its fall/winter season. The Youth Choir is open to children in grades three through six. Rehearsals will be 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays starting Oct. 24 and will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., Hudson. The Youth Choir will perform along with the RCC Christmas Chorale and the RCC Ensemble Singers at two concerts at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson.
Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation indicates that 41 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes last month, making it the safest September in terms of traffic deaths since the end of World War II. Traffic fatalities last month were six fewer than September 2016 and 16 fewer compared to the five-year average for September. The deadliest September occurred in 1973 with 116 deaths.
STOCKHOLM, Wis. — Throughout the summer, the village of Stockholm has thrown a party on the second Friday of each month. The last chance in 2017 to enjoy this village-wide festivity, known as the "Stockholm Stroll," with free food and drink, artist demonstrations, games and cozy bonfires, will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. The event is free and open to the public.