Before becoming a member of the Minnesota House, Urdahl was an American history teacher for 20 years. John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln in Ford’s Theater on April 15, 1865, but that isn’t the whole story. At this free presentation, Urdahl will detail the network of co-conspirators involved in the plot and delve into their cloak-and-dagger activities.
Auditions set for fair’s talent show
Auditions for the Washington County Fair talent shows will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, and 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 12300 40th St. N., in Baytown Township, in the Park Pavilion. There is no fee or preregistration required to audition.
There are three divisions of competition: Preteen, ages 12 and younger; teen, ages 13-18; and open, all ages.
Finalists from the auditions will perform at the Washington County Fair, July 30-Aug. 3.
Street dance features Stones tribute band
Tumblin’ Dice, the only Rolling Stones tribute band in the Twin Cities, will perform at an old-fashioned street dance from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, July 11, in downtown Lake Elmo. The event is sponsored by the Lake Elmo Rotary Club.
The dance will be located one block east of Main Street (Lake Elmo Ave.) on Laverne.
Marine on St. Croix
Antique train ride to chug through park
An antique train ride will be offered from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at William O’Brien State Park, 16821 O’Brien Trail N., Marine on St. Croix.
After a mile walk to the train tracks, a naturalist and a train conductor will rove the train cars and take participants on a tour of the history and landscapes of the St. Croix Valley, where they will learn some of the natural and cultural features of the valley and early history of the train era there. Participants can hop off the train at Osceola, Wis. for lunch or antiquing or continue on to Dresser, Wis. The train turns around at Dresser and makes another brief stop at Osceola before heading back to the park.
The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for kids under 16. Children under 4 ride free. Call 651-433-0500 for more information.
Fire Department will hold 61st annual Booya
In a tradition that dates back to the department’s founding in 1953, the Newport Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Booya celebration on July 13 at Fire Hall #1, located just west of Hwy. 61 at 155 20th St.