Checked Twice, St. Croix Valley Submits Its List

Akin to a child writing a letter to the North Pole, a mythical list of wants and needs has been assembled for Wisconsin’s St. Croix Valley. The child’s list may be more practical, but to the credit of the St. Croix Valley, their list does not include a pony. Horsepower yes, but not a Shetland.

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Grinch Returns With Mighty Plans

Now that Halloween 2021 is history, the St. Croix Valley’s favorite villain-turned-hero, Mr. Grinch, has small but impactful plans for the upcoming holiday shopping season.

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Celebrating Kindred Manufacturers

Why the fuss about manufacturing and a month-long celebration? Manufacturing helps make the world go around, it seems. It is exacting work, sometimes referred to as advanced manufacturing. This means closer tolerances, tighter formulations, and precise outputs.

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Don’t Bounce It

The St. Croix Valley and U.S. of A. are far different places today than on September 10, 2001, the day before hijacked planes hit and destroyed the World Trade Center, severely damaged the Pentagon, and augered into a hemlock grove in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

With high school and college football season well underway, there’s no evidence that Daniel Ruettiger ever played a snap in the St. Croix Valley. But thanks to cable TV and the Internet, Ruettiger’s personal drive and passion lives on in a 1993 movie bearing his nickname, Rudy. The feel good movie is likely a must-watch on the eve of any rivalry game.

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School Bells Ring (Are You Listening?)

The lyrics to Winter Wonderland, as sung by Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang, could easily transition to School bells ring, are you listening? . . . A beautiful sight, we’re (not) happy tonight. Walkin’ in a new building for the first time (wonderland).

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Three COVID Perspectives

The recent global pandemic had big impacts on just about every sector, from the neighborhood lemonade stand, to tourism spending, and the collection of an extra half-cent on taxable purchases by county government in Wisconsin.   

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Two Scoops! Dairy Month and Ice Cream Month

Every St. Croix Valley resident possessing a high Dairy IQ knows June is Dairy Month – not just in Wisconsin but nationally. Wisconsin’s dairy industry contributes an estimated $45.6 billion to the state’s economy each year. That’s more than the combined value of Florida citrus and Idaho potatoes.

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To the Class of 2021

Slow marches across elevated stages will soon play out at high schools in the St. Croix Valley. Graduation for the Class of 2021 has arrived. Finally. For some, the formality of receiving a diploma may seem like an eternity in the making.

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Small Business – Big Impacts

So what kind of impacts do small businesses make? There are an estimated 30.7 million of them in the U.S. or 99.9 percent of all businesses. Nearly 60 million people are employed by small businesses, representing 47.3 percent of all U.S. employees. The

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211 is a 24/7 Link to Assistance

The COVID-19 global pandemic has extracted its toll on many fronts – socially, emotionally, professionally, financially – and many more.  

Service agencies experienced COVID’s brunt, too. But there’s one thing about Wisconsin’s St. Croix Valley. Its agencies are abundant, sometimes to the point where bewilderment could likely set in while sorting through potential resources.

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Batter Up! Fish Fry Season in the Valley

A late winter season involving the term ‘batter’ arrived in the St. Croix Valley ahead of balls and gloves – fish fry season. OK, it’s really a Wisconsin classic, but residents of the St. Croix Valley can hold their own, whether it’s measured by selection, side orders, price, or per capita consumption. Pound for pound, valley residents enjoy their fish fries. Hot dog eating champ Joey Chestnut may not stand a chance against a local favorite when it comes to a plate of fish.

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Nothing Says Valentine’s Day Like $21.8 Billion

Due to the global pandemic, Valentine’s Day 2021 will look far different than in the past. But a pandemic won’t stop love birds from dropping almost $22 billion (with a “b”) in the U.S. to mark the occasion. As a reminder, consumer spending accounts for around 70 percent of the U.S. economy, sometimes referred to as gross domestic product, or GDP.

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Into the Future, not Back

December’s holidays were marked with the return of movie favorites on cable TV. The sci-fi classic, Back to the Future, was enjoyed one more time.

For the benefit of young adults who completely missed Back to the Future on the big screen or tablet screen in more modern time, Michael J. Fox plays 17-year old Marty McFly who travels back to 1955 from 1985 by way of a DeLorean automobile time machine

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The Grinch Shops ‘Small’

At least one elusive Grinch in the St. Croix Valley was puzzled to see his likeness on display in Big Box retail stores on the first weekend of October. Inside the Big Box, the Grinch action figure was joined by the Jolly Old Elf, a reindeer named Rudolph, a beagle named Snoopy, a Nutcracker Soldier, and a family of snow people, formerly referred to as snowmen (women). All were there a full month (28 days) before Halloween.

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Veterans Day 101

Veterans Day approaches. Unlike Memorial Day which pays tribute to those who died serving in the military, Veterans Day honors all who served. The younger generation may appreciate a backgrounder on the topic while the older, seasoned generation may use it as a review.

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