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Summer enters the home stretch this week, which means August has arrived and we're at the height of fair time. As soon as one closes, another begins. Locally, the Washington County Fair runs Aug. 2-6 in Stillwater. Dakota County Fair then takes center stage Aug. 7-13 in Farmington. Not that long ago — in the days before frozen corn dogs and permanent amusement parks (indoor and out) — the county fair offered good eats and big thrills you couldn't experience at any other time of year. The fair was a treat for the senses.
The Miesville 14/15U boys' traveling baseball team took third at the MBT state tournament out of 40 teams July 21-23. Pictured (from left to right) in the front are: Sam Molitor, Regan Gove, Ryan Kasel and Ben Mathison.; Back row: coach Nate Stendel, Nick Wog, Gunnar Provost, Jonathan Peine, Matt Weber, super fan Larry Provost Sr., Luke McNamara, Carter Johnson, Cody Stendel and coach Rod Weber. Not pictured are: Jake Becker and coach Joe Larson. Photo courtesy of Tracy Mathison
In the years leading up to 2014, police calls for service to retailers in Cottage Grove mainly came from two stores — Target and Kohl’s. Walmart threw open its doors in March of that year, immediately becoming the top source of calls for service in the east metro suburb, claiming a lead that has remained firm since it opened. “It’s become its own little city,” said Cottage Grove Public Safety Director Craig Woolery.
Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. The Red Cross has experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July, according to a news release.
One or our RiverTown reporters has a favorite question he likes to ask interviewees: What one thing do you believe everyone should have, regardless of cost? The answers range from nobel (peace, financial security and happiness) to sweet, such as when a child lobbies for free ice cream for life or those magical objects called toys. One young lady's answer was a best friend. There is one thing we wish everyone could have, and it's free: an open mind. We know already that everyone has an opinion.
COTTON, Minn. — A woman was killed, and a Duluth man is under investigation after a boat struck a dock and boat lift on a lake near Cotton late Saturday. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported that the crash happened at about 11:15 p.m. on Dinham Lake in Ellsburg Township, about 35 miles northwest of Duluth. According to the sheriff's office:
It's obvious the world is changing at a rapid rate. What an understatement. The older generation reminisces about the time when the world moved a slower pace. Sitting on the front porch with a glass of lemonade in the evenings after supper, chatting with a neighbor over that white picket fence, taking the time for real conversations face-to-face as opposed to a quick text or Snapchat over a screen.
Auto insurance company refunding $315,000 to Minnesota drivers ST. PAUL—More than 1,600 Minnesota drivers will be receiving refunds from Farmers Insurance Exchange after the insurance firm was accused of unfair pricing practices. The Minnesota Commerce Department examined Farmers Insurance Exchange's pricing practices and found that the company had been charging renters higher auto rates than homeowners, the agency said in a statement released Tuesday. It is illegal in Minnesota to set auto insurance rates based on residential status.
The River City Chorale is celebrating its ninth season of choral music by presenting a series of concerts in July. Over 140 vocalists from Hudson, Stillwater, New Richmond, the St. Croix River Valley, the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin will perform with the ensemble this summer. The public is invited to attend.