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Community Voices Last week, the mayor, city council and city staff celebrated our board and commission members during our fourth annual Board and Commission Dinner, held this year at the New Richmond Regional Airport. The purpose of the evening is to recognize the more than 80 members who serve an important role in our local government. Our board and commission members have a wide range of backgrounds and unique skillsets, and include business owners, lifelong residents and active community volunteers.
New Richmond The men and women of the New Richmond Police Department were recently honored by the veterans with American Legion Butler-Harmon Post 80. The veterans recently invited all personnel from the police department for a gathering and recognition event held at the local post in New Richmond. In appreciation of the recognition event, New Richmond Police Chief Craig Yehlik wrote the following letter to those at the American Legion: "To members of the American Legion,
Vernice Evans of New Richmond celebrates her birthday at the Halekulani on the Beach at Waikiki, Hawaii. Two nieces, Penny and Kris from Minnesota, Julie Walsh, New Richmond, and Vernice's daughter, Kay Brennan, were all guests of Jim and Kay Brennan of Honolulu.
Rivard's editorial lacking To the Editor: Accurate reporting and remaining unbiased are a few of the hallmarks of a newspaper editor. You may know Mr. Raymond Rivard as the editor of the New Richmond News. The need to inform and communicate are the fuel that makes newspapers "fly." It's based on honesty and taking a balanced approach that takes into account all sides before forming an opinion. Neither can be found coming from Mr. Rivard's editorial opinion in last week's paper.
St. Croix County Health Center Carol Poppy, a certified nursing assistant instructor and an employee at the St. Croix Health Center in New Richmond, has announced a new nursing assistant program at the St Croix Health Center. "There is a huge shortage of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in Wisconsin, as well as many other states (including Minnesota)." Poppy said.
Wisconsin Options such as recycling and composting can replace open burning of trash and yard debris, which Department of Natural Resource officials caution can be a fire and pollution danger, especially this time of year. While it is legal to burn some yard waste in certain areas, forestry officials caution that debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires in Wisconsin, triggering about 30 percent of the state's wildfires each year.
We are excited for the upcoming author event at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 21. Jim Anderson will be presenting "Discover America." Jim has completed a marathon in all 50 states. He has an appreciation of American history and will be sharing his stories and conquests with us. Many of you may be familiar with The American Birkebeiner (America's largest cross country ski race). Jim has completed it 40 times. An interesting fact, the Birkie was cancelled this year for only the second time in 45 years. Come join us and learn about our country through the eyes of Jim Anderson.
St. Croix County The St. Croix County Transit Planning Subcommittee is seeking public comment on the feasibility of transit services within St. Croix County and between the county and frequented destinations in neighboring communities.
WFU state convention Several Wisconsin Farmers Union members, including Char and Gerald Croes of Deer Park, were honored with Builders Awards at the 86th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention Jan. 27-29 in Wisconsin Dells. In addition to the Croes, Kristi Gorell of Eleva and Dan Richardson of Arkansaw were also honored. The Builders Award recognizes outstanding commitment to building the Farmers Union organization through county involvement, leadership development and member recruitment.
New Richmond State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) has announced her latest listening session schedule for residents of the 10th Senate District. Listening sessions are intended to provide citizens throughout the district with the opportunity to talk with Senator Harsdorf about issues of interest to them, to ask questions, and to share their ideas and concerns.