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Briefs: Drug forum, new library director, city bow hunting, art month

Drug forum set for Thursday

CITY OF NEW RICHMOND — The New Richmond Police Department, the New Richmond School District and the New Richmond Area Community Foundation are sponsoring a public forum in an effort to address the issue of illegal drugs and prescription drug abuse.

The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the New Richmond High School auditorium. Speakers include the following:

— Karen Hale, mother of girl who died from heroin overdose

— Phil Drewiske, recovering heroin addict who lost a friend

— Jodi Skoog, Roger Drewiske and Greg Berg, family members affected by addiction

— A Westfields Hospital ER doctor

— New Richmond High School Principal Tom Wissink

— St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Edward Vlack

— NRPD Detective Veronica Koehler

— St. Croix County Investigator James Mikla

— St. Croix County AODA Counselor Sara Sedahl

— Hazelden Clinical Supervisor Scott Hesseltine

Meet new library director

CITY OF NEW RICHMOND — An open house for the new director of the Friday Memorial Library will take place 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21

Refreshments will be available as members of the community will get a chance to meet Library Director Kimberly Hennings, who started her new job on Monday, Feb. 17.

Bow hunting in city limits

CITY OF NEW RICHMOND — After hearing from about a dozen citizens and two area DNR wardens at its Feb. 10 meeting, the New Richmond City Council voted to direct city staff to work with the DNR, Public Works and the local police department to explore safety options as Wisconsin Act 71 now allows bow hunting within city limits.

Act 71, which went into effect statewide on Dec. 14, prohibits municipalities from banning hunting with a bow and arrow or crossbow within the community. The city can, however, enact ordinances that could prohibit hunting within 100 yards from a building on a another person’s property. The city could also require hunters to shoot only toward the ground from an elevated position, such as from a tree stand. It could also prohibit hunting on any city-owned property, including all parks within the city limits.

The issue will come before the City Council again in March.

April is City of New Richmond Art Month

CITY OF NEW RICHMOND — At its Feb. 10 meeting, the New Richmond City Council voted to proclaim April as “City of New Richmond Art Month.”

Tia Bismonte addressed the council and pointed to several art-related events happening in the community during April including the following:

--April 1-6: Young American Patriotic Art Awards

--April 5-6: New Richmond High School Spring Play

--April 10: Empty Bowls event

--April 14: New Richmond High School Band and Choral Concerts

--April 16: Sip, Paint & Create at the SPACE

--April 25: St. Mary’s School Band and Choral Concerts

--April 27: St. Croix Art & Culinary Show

Compiled by News staff

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley worked at RiverTown Multimedia from July 2013 to June 2015 as editor at the New Richmond News. 
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