Outdoors columnist to speak at banquet
Star Tribune outdoors writer Dennis Anderson will be the keynote speaker at the St. Croix River Association Spring Gathering on Tuesday, May 6. His talk will focus on protecting the St. Croix River.
There also will be opportunities for an interpretive hike, and a St. Croix Stewardship Award will be presented.
Anderson has been a Star Tribune columnist since 1993, often writing about the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.
“Dennis knows the river and its conservation challenges well,” said Deb Ryun, St. Croix River Association executive director.
The organization recently completed a project involving a $500,000 Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment grant that led to a $1,035,592 investment in pollution reduction projects.
The event will be held at Camp St. Croix, 532 County Road F, Hudson, Wis. The optional hike begins at 4 p.m., a business meeting at 5 p.m., a social at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner and address at 6 p.m.
Paddleboat tours show bridge project
People soon can view St. Croix River bridge construction up close from a St. Croix Boat and Packet paddleboat. The first tour will take place May 31.
“We know the public is quite interested in watching construction unfold, but safe access points to view it close-up from shore simply don’t exist,” said Jon Chiglo, the bridge project director.
An engineer from Minnesota or Wisconsin will discuss the work, which will include building progress and 2014 construction plans. The bridge will open by fall 2016.
Saturday tours will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. and Wednesday tours from 4-5:30 p.m. Events are tentatively scheduled for the following dates after the first tour: June 11, June 21, July 9, July 26, Aug. 13, Aug. 23, Sept. 10, Sept 27.
Go to www.stillwaterriverboats.com for reservation information and more details. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 4 to 12.
Sunday event banners Beyond Yellow Ribbon
A free noon to 3 p.m. event Sunday, May 4, at the Washington County Historic Courthouse is planned to raise awareness of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.
The courthouse is at the intersection of Third and Pine streets in Stillwater.