The Pierce County Fair Open Class exhibit entry deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 22. Remember to turn in your Open Class entry forms (found on page 13 of the Fair book) to the Pierce County Fair Office at 364 N. Maple — Box 922, Ellsworth, WI 54011. Any forms that are mailed to the office must be postmarked by June 22! If you are from St. Croix, Dunn or Pepin counties, you are eligible to exhibit at the Pierce County Fair. We welcome our good neighbors.
"The Red Box," by Joseph Goodrich, adapted from the Nero Wolfe mystery novel by Rex Stout, will be performed on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. The brilliant and eccentric Nero Wolfe (Scott Peterson, Hudson) with the aid of his trusty assistant, Archie Goodwin (Andrew Robinson, Woodbury), investigates the death of a model who ate a piece of poisoned candy. One of the suspects begs Wolfe to handle his estate and especially the contents of a certain red box.
Fly away to Neverland this weekend as over 60 local summer school students take the stage along with two professional actors in Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's original musical production of "Peter Pan." Performances are slated for 7 p.m. Friday, June 15 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the Prescott High School Performing Arts Center in Prescott. "Peter Pan," with script and music by Daniel Nordquist and costume and set design by Deborah Pick, continues Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's traditions of presenting classic tales as you've never seen them done before.
The St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo, named the 2015 Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo of the Year, brings top notch RAM Rodeo to St. Croix County Fairgrounds, Glenwood City, June 15-16, with 7:30 p.m. performances. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the performances are rain or shine. As part of the rodeo, Gizmo McCracken, "2017 Comedy Act of the Year" is the feature act. Gizmo, "the World's Greatest Inventor" will share acts that are "high energy and clean with a family oriented feel."
The St. Croix County Historical Society will offer a Fathers Day special on tours at the Octagon House Museum, in Hudson, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17. Families are invited to take a guided tour and dads are admitted free when accompanied by a child of any age. Tours begin on the hour at 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Part of the Rolling Stones' lyric to their Jumping Jack Flash song says it best: "... born in a cross-fire hurricane and I howled at the morning driving rain..." The Gulf States alliance was born in the fury of Katrina and came to maturity when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. Three states form the alliance, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, and this is the story of what happened and why it's important to all of us.
While it is the St. Croix County Historical Society's mission to collect and preserve historic information and artifacts, and to promote interest in history through the development of our Octagon House Museum, this doesn't mean the Society is immune to change. In fact, our beloved old house has witnessed a lot of changes over the last 163 years.
The population of Stockholm is expected to triple, or maybe quadruple, when local merchants close down the street for a dance party at 6 p.m. Friday, June 8. The first ever "BigRiverGive" Street Dance event, with live music by the Left Wing Bourbon Soul Band and plenty of beer, is a fundraiser for area nonprofit organizations. Admission is free, but all donations will be shared among the participating nonprofit organizations, which range from a dog-centric fair to a Lutheran church.
Chase Lee, a fourth-grade student from Spring Valley, is the Pierce County winner of the Agriculture in the Classroom essay contest. Chase is the son of Brandon Lee and Monica Zignego. Mrs. Stevens is his fourth-grade teacher at Spring Valley Elementary. Pierce County fourth and fifth graders were asked to write a 100 to 300-word essay with the theme, "Inventions that have made Agriculture Great." Here is Chase's winning essay: The Steam Tractors
Students first beginning their college experience typically have a lot to do and a lot on their minds in the days leading up to their first classes. But not many have something on their agenda as big as what faced Melanie Carey, who was the student speaker at Chippewa Valley Technical College's spring commencement for the River Falls campus Thursday, May 17. Her youngest son, Xander, was born four days before an important orientation session for Carey's Nursing-Associate Degree program. In fact, she asked her doctor to induce labor so she wouldn't miss it.