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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites families to Take a Day OFF (Outdoor Family Fun) at William O'Brien State Park, along the St. Croix River about 12 miles north of Stillwater on State Highway 95, near Marine on St. Croix. From 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, the DNR will provide a variety of opportunities for people who'd like to try outdoor recreational activities, but could use some hands-on help getting started, according to a press release. Members of the Park High School Varsity Cheerleading squad will wash your vehicle from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors to the 2010 South Washington County Garden Tour -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 27 -- will see 10 special gardens in Cottage Grove. At many of the gardens, artists will display their work, musicians will perform and refreshments will be served. At each site, visitors will have an opportunity to quiz gardeners on design, planting and maintenance techniques. Gardeners with bad backs will want to talk with Jan Purcell about developing a new garden without using a shovel. She calls it the lasagna method. Purcell, who lives at 9499 79th St.
More than 100 people met for worship and lunch at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park on June 8. Most of them were or had been married for 50 years or more. Ed and Mary Fleege of St. Paul Park have been married almost 52 years. "The second 50 are more peaceful," Ed Fleege said. "You appreciate your spouse more." Mary Fleege said, "You stick to it because you made a commitment. You stay through the hard times and finally learn you must take people for who they are." On Sunday, June 13, Jim and Glenna Lence of St. Paul Park were married 61 years.
Two events top the list of things to do this weekend in south Washington County: a major fundraiser and a fun day at the park. The 2010 American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of South Washington County opens to visitors, walkers and family members at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the East Ridge High School track, near the intersection of Radio Drive and Hargis Parkway in Woodbury.
The St. Paul Park City Council passed a resolution May 17 approving a permit for the St. Paul Park-Newport Lions Club to conduct lawful gambling at Vinny's on the River -- the restaurant at Hidden Harbor marina, at 388 Ninth Ave., in St. Paul Park. "We're waiting to receive the license from the state," said Robert Boeck, the club's charitable gambling manager, who hoped to start on June 1. Boeck said the club would begin with pull-tabs but "there is an opening to do other things such as raffles and paddle wheels."
Tom Shannon, co-owner of American Motorsports Bar and Grill in Cottage Grove, is a longtime car enthusiast who has invited other car enthusiasts to gather on Wednesdays for an informal show. "They usually start to arrive at 4 p.m. -- after work," Shannon said last week. "I call it Hot Rod Hump Day." About 30 cars were on display May 26 in the parking lot in front of American Motorsports Bar, 7240 East Point Douglas Road, near Rainbow Foods.
This weekend promises to be quiet in south Washington County as veteran's organizations and churches remember military personnel who have served and are still serving the country. The LeDuc Historic Estate, located at 1629 Vermillion St. in Hastings opened for the season on Wednesday, May 26 and will offer tours, special events, competitions, shows and markets through Oct. 31. For details, call (651) 437-7055 or go to the website at www.dakotahistory.org . Washington County campfire programs will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, north of Woodbury, and St.
The St. Paul Park Heritage Days Committee has dropped the traditional Sunday night fireworks display from this year's list of events at the festival held in August. "In order to keep the same lineup of events on Saturday and Sunday, we had to cut the fireworks, which cost anywhere from $3,000 to $4,200," said committee member and former chair Ruth Dinger. The display was in danger of being cut in 2009 but saved by last-minute donations from Marathon Petroleum, two city council members, Tennis Sanitation and the city, Dinger said.
A large assortment of annual, vegetables, flats and hanging baskets will be sold from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, at Community United Church of Christ, 1145 Summit Ave. in St. Paul Park.
Becky and Philip Vierling, who live on 10 acres of the old Anderson homestead in Denmark Township, breed their Nubian long-eared goats every fall and expect kids the next spring, but this year was different. "We didn't want as many kids, so we only bred four does," Becky Vierling said. They received four sets of quadruplets. "That's almost unheard of," she said. "Female goats (does) only have two teats, so the remaining kids must be fed by hand." Becky milks the mothers twice a day, pasteurizes the milk, heats it to 110 degrees and feeds it to the kids.