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The Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association is bringing its 27th annual Labor Day stock dog trial to Hudson, Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. The sheep herding competition will feature some of the country's best stock dogs and dog handlers. The event is open to the public at the Badlands Sno-Park, 772 Kinney Rd. in Hudson. Competition is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday for the Double-lift Final. The art of controlling and moving sheep using a dog is an old-world skill that technology has not improved upon.
The two Hudson boys who were subjects of an Amber Alert have been located. According to the Amber Alert information received, the boys have been found. The information was received here at 4:36 p.m. Follow up information will posted here when available.
A fundraiser and raffle for St. Croix Industries will be held from 4-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Willow River Inn/Carbone's Pizza in Burkhardt. The menu features all-you-can-eat spaghetti and pizza for $10. Kids under 10 eat free. Beverages are not included. For tickets, call (715) 246-8299 or email email@example.com . St. Croix Industries is a community rehabilitation program that offers persons with disabilities programming in work services, day services and community/supportive employment.
During their summer vacation, young kids can be found having fun just about everywhere in sight and the garden is no exception. "Some of the kids love to come and work in the garden every day. A few even pick gardening over basketball," Trevor Kodesh, a Youth Development staff member, said. "I think that their parents like to see that they are here learning about gardening too." As part of the YMCA's Summer Uproar camp, fifth- through eighth-graders spend at least one day a week working in the garden behind the building.
Two classes on building raingardens will be held at the St. Croix County Government Center Community Room on the following dates. --Blue Thumb Raingarden class will be held Tuesday, April 27, from 6-8 p.m. Attendees will learn about raingardens including design, identifying locations, determining appropriate size and selecting plants. All participants will take home a full-color raingarden manual. --Blue Thumb Raingarden Design Workshop will be held Tuesday, May 4, from 6-8 p.m.
Wisconsin service members deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan during the 2009 deer hunting season could have an opportunity to catch-up this year. The Department of Natural Resources seeks to match vets with state farmers who have agricultural deer damage shooting permits. "Last year, Wisconsin had the largest operational deployment of our National Guard since World War II. More than 4,000 Wisconsin soldiers and airmen performed dangerous missions in service to our country," Gov. Jim Doyle said. "These newest combat veterans missed what is a lifelong tradition for many -- the fall deer hunt.
Like the proud grandparents they are, John and Carol Marnell, had a special gift to give this year, a cookbook by their daughter Colleen and her husband Ron Suhanosky and written by Susan Simon. Not only does the recently published cookbook, Pasta Sfoglia, feature the creative spirit of Ron's passion for homemade pasta, it includes photos of Marnells grandchildren, Marcella, Vivian and Roman. Since Ron Suhanosky and Colleen Marnell met when they were both students at the American Culinary Institute, they have explored their passion for Italian food.
Dry weather has helped Wisconsin farmers catch up with their harvest activities. But moisture levels remain high in the corn crop and some farmers are letting it dry in the fields for now, while they bring in their soybeans. Officials said 38-percent of Wisconsin's corn for grain was harvested as of Sunday. That's up 15 percent from a week ago, but it's still only about half the normal harvest for this time of year. Mold is also a problem in some of the corn, and some yields are said to be disappointing.
The Philippine and Richard Beer farm in the town of St. Joseph was recently recognized at the Wisconsin State Fair as a 2009 Century Farm. The Century Farm and Home Award program started in 1948 as part of Wisconsin's centennial celebration. The program honors families who have had continuously ownership of their Wisconsin farm or home for 100 years or more. The Beer farm was one of 145 Century Farms and Homes recognized at a breakfast at the Wisconsin State Fair on Aug. 11.
The above-normal temperatures in Wisconsin have given a last-minute boost to the state's crops. State officials said it was 2 to 4 degrees above normal last week, and it helped to dry corn that will be fed to cows. Almost two-thirds of the state's overall corn crop is in good to excellent shape. Soybeans have been improving, with 71 percent rated good or excellent. But a lack of rain is creating some moisture shortages again. Only 43 percent of Wisconsin's farm fields had adequate moisture as of Sunday, down from 73 percent the week before.