Area Briefs 8/28/13

Artists present workshop

The St. Croix Watershed Research Station, in cooperation with historic Arcola Mills, announces a Sept. 14 outdoor workshop presented by 2013 Artists at Pine Needles Susan Armington and Bonnie Ploger.
The event at Arcola Mills offers participants the chance to explore their connections to nature and to a particular place through outdoor art-making.
The workshop is limited to 20 participants ages 13 years and older and is 9 a.m. to noon. There is a $25 registration and materials fee. Visit or email [email protected] to register.

County seeks web site feedback

Washington County seeks feedback on its new web site from residents and companies doing business with the county, county officials announced.
The county’s redesigned web site has been in service for nearly one year and officials seek feedback from residents and businesses about the site. Those interested can visit, find the survey on the left side of the home page under the Search function and click on “Give Us Feedback.” The survey takes a few minutes to complete.

AmeriCorps meeting set

A meeting for persons interested in more information about the AmeriCorps Legacy Corps program is 4 p.m. Tuesday at FamilyMeans, 1875 Northwestern Ave. South in Stillwater.
AmeriCorps Legacy Corps participants spend time with Washington County children and adults with either disabilities or chronic health issues. Volunteers commit to service 450 hours beginning Oct. 1, receive a $200 monthly stipend and additional money for education after completing a year of service. Flexible scheduling is available and all visits are in the county.
Interested persons can RSVP to Margaret Irwin at 651-789-4012 or [email protected]

Legalizing pot club topic

Patrick F. Bradley, a principal at Display Development, Inc., discusses “Why Common Sense Calls for Legalizing Marijuana in Minnesota” at the monthly Stillwater Critical Thinking Club meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the FamilyMeans building, 1875 Northwestern Ave. in Stillwater.
Bradley will discuss the history and effects of prohibiting the criminalization of marijuana; the uses and misuses of marijuana compared to alcohol, the  many constructive reasons marijuana prohibition should be ended.
Bradley holds an agricultural business degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

HOPE calls for crafters

Looking for an easy way to sell your crafts and support a great cause? Consider participating in the 2nd Annual Unique Boutique on the weekends of Nov. 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17 at the HOPE Adoption & Family Services office at 5850 Omaha Ave. North in Oak Park Heights.
For a $20 entry fee, items will be displayed and sold by volunteers. Entry fees go to support HOPE.
Crafters just need to price their items individually with their initials on the tags and bring them to the HOPE office. The boutique staff will arrange, sell and collect money. Crafter can pick up proceeds and unsold items after Nov. 17.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17.
Contact Kathy Kuehn at 651-439-1449 for information.

Gruetzmacher represents program

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), recently announced that Maria Gruetzmacher of Stillwater will serve as a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Ambassador for the 2013-14 academic year.
The Ambassadors are a select group of outstanding students who assist the Dean of CALS in promoting opportunities available to students in CALS.
Gruetzmacher’s duties include providing prospective students and families with information about the college, including majors; opportunities on campus; student life, and answering questions related to CALS.
Ambassadors are selected in the spring and selections are made based on application, interview, involvement in activities, professionalism, enthusiasm and ability to interact with others. Gruetzmacher is a dietetics major.
The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is one of the eight undergraduate colleges in the UW-Madison. CALS offers majors across seven areas: agriculture, business and community, energy, the environment, food and nutrition, human health, and plant and animal health.

Compiled by Avery Cropp – [email protected]