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Wisconsin DMV Customer Service Centers were not able to issue driver licenses and IDs Friday, July 19, due to a service outage.
RiverTown Multimedia reporters are exploring the affordable housing crisis in our communities — and we want to hear your stories. If you'd like to help, please share with us your experiences interacting with housing in Minnesota and Wisconsin, whether it's finding (or not finding) housing you can afford or another type of involvement (such as working in a relevant profession). We also welcome questions you'd like to see answered in our reporting.
A Baldwin man is held on $1,500 bond after he started a fire in the Baldwin Greenhouse to keep himself warm after spending the night there, according to court documents filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Kevin James McNamara, 34, was charged with felony arson of a building and felony criminal damage to property over $2,500 following the June 30 incident in which he entered one of the greenhouses overnight when a storm hit and lit the fire only when he got cold, according to a criminal complaint.
Back by popular demand, Washington County's Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park will host two sessions of goat yoga, 9-9:45 a.m. and 10-10:45 a.m., Saturday, July 27. Goats can help participants connect with nature. Those new to yoga may learn basic elements of the practice. All levels of experience are welcome. Mats will be provided. Goats are provided by Have Ya Herd. Cost is $35 per person, and a vehicle permit is required, $7 daily or $30 annually.
Aerial footage captured July 9, 2019, shows crews at work deconstructing the Academy Building on Fremont Street. The 1927 and 1940s portions of the building are being knocked down. The process, according to River Falls School District Finance and Facilities director Chad Smurawa, will take around four weeks.
A New Richmond man whose run from authorities resulted in the death of 39-year-old Dustin Edward Kalland of Stillwater reached speeds of 80 mph prior to the collision on Main Street in downtown Deer Park, according to charging documents filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
Two Woodbury High School students were among 11 Twin Cities-area teens declared finalists at the National Speech & Debate Tournament held June 16-21
All occupants — including a dog and three cats — made it out safely after a mobile home caught fire Tuesday night, July 9, in Red Wing. Red Wing Fire Department responded after 6:30 p.m. to a report of a one-story mobile home on fire on Cottonwood Avenue, according to a news release. Everyone inside the house was outside when firefighters arrived and the four animals were rescued. The fire was controlled within 15 minutes of arrival, the news release states. The fire was contained to the single unit.
One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical CATS will join Ashland's 20th season this summer. CATS offers a magical and moving glimpse into the lives of fascinating felines. The musical runs July 26-Aug. 10 at Ashland Productions in the Maplewood Community Center. Tickets are available online at www.ashlandproductions.org .
July's Weed of the Month, cutleaf teasel (Dipsacus lacinatus), once had a useful propose. But now the weed is being targeted for eradication in Minnesota. Cutleaf teasel is an herbaceous perennial plant that dies after producing seed. It was brought to North America from Europe in the 1700s and its stiff, bristly seed heads were used in the textile industry to raise the nap on fabric. Cutleaf teasel has also been used as an ornamental plant in gardens and flower arrangements.