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Appreciation from BBBS


Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Croix Valley would like to extend a huge measure of appreciation to the New Richmond community and Gibby's Lanes for its support of their Bowl for Kids' Sake event.

With full lanes of bowling teams, generous sponsors and tables of prizes, we were able to conduct a fun-filled event for participants. Raising $10,906 will enable us to provide life-changing services to families in the New Richmond area.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors who help us serve children facing adversity in the community: Event sponsor Kristo Orthodontics, Benck Mechanical, Bernards, Federal Foam Technologies, First National Community Bank, Kiwanis Club of New Richmond, PCM Global Solutions, River Heights Endodontics, Royal Credit Union, Tjader & Highstrom Utility Services, WESTconsin Credit Union, Westfields Hospital, Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp and Xcel Energy.

Thank you so much to our Hawaiian clad bowling teams who brought the fun: Royal Rollers (RCU), Bremer Bowlers (Bremer), New Richmond High School — Alternative Learning Center, Family Fresh, Little Bears Bowlers (Big Sister Cam Sorensen and team), Wild Wild Westfields (Westfields Hospital), Rumor Has It and Fake News & The Alternative Facts (New Richmond News), Bakke-N-Pierce (Hannah Bakken and team), The Islanders (Kari Niederer and team) and Comeonwewannabowla (Amy Bast and team) who won the team challenge by raising $970 for children in need!

Thank you to the committee and all the volunteers that helped make this event so successful. Finally, thank you to our local New Richmond News team and Tom Lindfors for such excellent reporting about the local need for mentors. We are all involved because mentoring works.

In fact, after meeting for only one hour per week for one year, our "Littles" are 52 percent less likely to skip school and 90 percent more likely to feel better about themselves after meeting with their "Big Brother" or "Big Sister."

The support of the community enables us to help change the trajectory of a child's life for the better, forever. Thank you!

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Heidi Herron

Regional Director of Community Development

Katie Pierce

Events Coordinator

Big Brothers Big Sisters NWWI — St. Croix Valley Branch St. Croix and Pierce Counties

CWD is indeed serious


I'd be remiss if I didn't respond to the Letter to the Editor printed in your April 20 edition concerning Chronic Wasting Disease. It was submitted by Laurie Seale, who is the Vice President of "Whitetails of Wisconsin.".

"Whitetails of Wisconsin" (WOW) is an organization that represents game farms and hunting preserves in Wisconsin and shouldn't be confused with "Whitetails Unlimited."

The first sentence in the letter noted"....perhaps CWD is not as bad as we fear." CWD is actually worse than we feared and presents a very real threat to the our local, national and international deer and elk herds. It is spreading at a rapid rate and will continue to spread and expand if nothing is done. Millions of dollars have been spent on the research and containment of this disease!

The facts that CWD is not a living organism, is a relatively "new" disease and is 100 percent fatal complicates things. Wisconsin still has a relatively healthy and thriving whitetail deer population but that will not always be the case. Lots of big bucks are still being harvested in CWD zones and the herd there is presently expanding. The whitetail deer is an extremely adaptive animal and, because of this, high population density will lead to more deer to deer contact and the spread of CWD will drastically increase.

Comparing deer per square mile in the Midwest to those in the Western States shows a much high concentration of deer in the Midwest. CWD is spread by contact and while CWD is expanding in both locations the Midwest will demonstrate a much faster rate of increase.

Looking at the recent data on the actual numbers of CWD cases in Wisconsin and elsewhere and the quality of the new data, which is "rock solid," only paints a bleaker picture! Validity of testing for CWD in live animals is very sketchy at this time. Anything we can do to slow the spread of this disease must be done to insure a viable and healthy deer population in the future.

Mike Reiter