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If you have had shingles, you are very aware of how painful this viral infection can be. Shingles most commonly appears as a rash or a stripe of blisters that wraps around the left or right side of your torso, but it can appear anywhere on the body including the face and scalp. It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies dormant in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. For some, the virus can reactivate as shingles.
Washington County Parks will begin its summer campfire program season Memorial Day weekend with programs at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. • Carpenter Nature Center will present a program on "Animals of the St. Croix" at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. • The Dodge Nature Center will present a Washington County Parks program on "Chickens, Chickens, Everywhere" at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. The programs are free with the park entry fee, $7 daily or $30 annually.
Dr. Bruce Locklear has been appointed Interim Head of School at New Life Academy in Woodbury. He brings more than 20 years of school leadership experience to this role, including principal, superintendent and interim executive leader spanning four different Minnesota schools. Under his leadership, school recognitions have included National 21st Century School National Top School Award by Newsweek, and Principal of the Year (2010). Prior to his leadership roles, he has spent time in the classroom both as a K-12 teacher and a Professor at Southwest State University.
Washington County Parks is introducing fishing programs in a number of parks in June and July. Family Fishing will be June 1 at Big Marine Park Reserve as part of Explore Your Parks Day when no vehicle permit is required to enter county parks. One program will be 10 a.m. to noon, and another program from 1-3 p.m. The programs are free, but registration is required.
Ellsworth police are looking for a man in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in Ellsworth Thursday night. According to a news release, a male suspect approached a lone female who was seated in her vehicle at about 10:52 p.m. May 16 near 315 W. Main St. The man, armed with a handgun, told the woman to give him her purse and phone. She complied, and the man fled south into an alley toward a residential area on South Grant Street.
A Brooklyn Park man is accused of running sex trafficking operations at hotels in Woodbury and Brooklyn Center while incarcerated in a county jail cell. Daniel David Ellington, 38, was charged in Washington County on two counts of sex trafficking and two counts of promotion of prostition, according to a news release Thursday, May 16, 2019, from County Attorney Pete Orput. According to the news release:
A construction open house for the roundabout planned for 70th Street South and Hinton Avenue South will be 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove. At this open house, residents will: • Learn about the project's staging, schedule and impacts • Talk to the construction team about needs or concerns during construction • Be able to sign up for construction updates
A rotating schedule of bird hikes throughout Washington County Parks continues from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Learn to identify the birds that call the St. Croix Valley home and contribute to citizen science data collection by completing bird count surveys with the guide. The surveys collected will assist the county's natural resources team and related work in conjunction with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund grant.
A dangerous near miss happened this morning on a road near you. A motorist racing to work came around the bend and found a tractor starting to lumber up the hill. Another vehicle was already behind the tractor, but the impatient motorist figured he could overtake both the car and the tractor. Halfway around them, he suddenly encountered an SUV cresting the hill at 60 mph.
Candidates from the National Karate Academy of Martial Arts in Cottage Grove received black belt promotions at the black belt exam April 13 at the Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins, Minn. Seven students earned their first-degree black belt, one earned second-degree, and one a third-degree black belt. Candidates are eligible to test for black belt after completing a rigorous curriculum of karate skills and passing three segment tests, no less than six months apart, prior to the exam.