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Cottage Grove student Caleb Boe, along with co-leader Bryan Sullivan and a team of 12 other students at Inver Hills Community College, have been selected one of 20 teams nationwide to participate in the 2010-11 NASA University Student Launch Initiative competition. "To the best of my knowledge, our team, the Inver Thrills, is the first team in Minnesota to be accepted for the NASA competition," Boe said Tuesday.
The collision of two small planes over the Mississippi River near Grey Cloud Island on Sept. 19 didn't actually happen, but an estimated 90 volunteers spent the morning acting as if it did. "We've run simulated emergency exercises before, but this was the first time we had so many people involved," said Woodbury resident John Regan, Washington County coordinator of the Amateur Radio Emergency Services.
This weekend south Washington County residents have opportunities to spend time outdoors and to help two area families that are battling cancer. Stillwater's annual Fall Colors Fine Art and Jazz Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3, at Lowell Park. Attendees will enjoy art from 75 artists, eclectic food booths and live music. The "Haunting Experience 3D" at Zywiec's Garden Center is open. It comes in two versions -- regular and low-scare. Tickets range from $14 to $18 and include a hayride, bonfire and free movies.
Things to do this weekend in south Washington County range from rummage sales, to bake sales, an art fair, a voyageur encampment, a memorial golf tournament and a raptor release to a prairie restoration project. Charlie Company 134th Brigade Support Battalion, with headquarters at the Minnesota National Guard Armory in Cottage Grove, is hosting its third annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Sept.
This year's Heritage Days theme is "Coming Home Again in 2010." Reminiscing about the good old days in St. Paul Park is a major draw for people who attend the city's annual celebration, scheduled this year from Friday through Monday, Aug. 20, to 23. Not only do families spend the weekend gathering, but classmates from the former St.
Events for this weekend include two benefit walks, the 26th annual Heritage Days celebration in St. Paul Park, a farm/food fair in Hastings, a reunion, two pancake breakfasts and a spaghetti dinner. A walk to raise money for the Minnesota chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is scheduled at the Como Park on Saturday, Aug.
This weekend offers a variety of events to help support your favorite benefit, plus one campfire program at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park.
Believe it or not, there are alternatives to spending evenings on the couch or in front of a screen. Members of the Parks and Recreation Commission in St. Paul Park are working hard to prove it. The commission has organized a full week of activities at each of the city's parks starting at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 9 to 13. Everyone is invited to participate. "We're calling it 'Get Unplugged,' said commission chair Jennifer Cheesman.
A group of volunteers is working hard on a 48-foot van trailer that organizers plan to use as a mobile stage for the city's 2010 Heritage Days Festival. Workers have reinforced the flooring with a steel truss underneath and welded steel posts on each side of the 28-by-8 foot opening, according to Paul Larson, owner of Paul's Welding in St. Paul Park, where the trailer is being remodeled. The posts were first screwed to plates on the floor, he said. "We're planning to put the cutout portion back on the trailer with a piano hinge so it can be opened and closed more easily," Larson said.
Fair time is upon us beginning with the 139th version of the Washington County Fair, through Sunday, Aug. 8 at the fairgrounds in Lake Elmo. For details, go to www.washingtoncountyfair.org . On Saturday, it's all-you-can-eat corn on the cob at Newport's Pioneer Day, at Pioneer Park, Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street. This year's event features trains. Five area women are hosting a benefit car wash from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8, to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk.