New Richmond-News Staff
St. Croix County Phil Landgraf was recently named as the new veterans service officer for St. Croix County, beginning his new duties during the last week of January. He will work out of the county veterans service office (VSO) in New Richmond. Landgraf previously worked as an assistant to Scott Bachowski out of the VSO in Barron County. Landgraf has five years experience working out of the Barron office.
St. Croix County St Croix County's public safety offices announced this week that a new alert notification system is now available to all residents. The St. Croix County Alert system (SCC-ALERT) is a free service that allows individuals to sign up for urgent notifications sent from state and local authorities. SCC-ALERT keeps residents and travelers informed on potentially hazardous situations and emergencies.
A new volunteer program is helping prevent delirium in older patients at Westfields Hospital & Clinic. The Hospital Elder Life Program launched at HealthPartners St. Croix Valley hospitals — including Westfields Hospital & Clinic — in November and patients, staff and volunteers are already seeing the benefits.
Wisconsin DOT The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will host a public meeting to discuss the timeline for the 2017 I-94/WIS 128 interchange improvement project. The meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Baldwin Ag Center, 1960 8th Ave., Baldwin. The objective of this meeting is to familiarize the public with the timeline for 2017 construction and traffic impacts throughout the interchange improvement project.
New Richmond City of New Richmond officials will host a public open house meeting Thursday, Feb. 16, 5:30-7 p.m., at the city street shop—1006 North Dakota Ave., (one block north of the intersection of North Dakota Ave and North 4th Street). The purpose of the open house is to discuss Hatfield Park, which may be included as part of the 2017 reconstruction of North 4th Street.
St. Croix County John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced this week that Julian Harris, 34, Chicago, was sentenced Friday, Feb. 4, by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 30 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for participating in a counterfeit gift card fraud scheme. Harris pleaded guilty to this charge Nov. 1, 2016.
Department of Natural Resources The 2017 spring turkey permit drawing has ended and 135,307 successful applicants will receive spring wild turkey permits. A total of 240,768 permits have been made available for the spring 2017 turkey season—remaining permits will be available through over-the-counter sales beginning March 20 with Zone 1. Postcard notifications to successful applicants have been mailed.
Somerset The 13th annual Somerset Youth Ice Fishing Contest will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, noon-3 p.m., on Bass Lake in Somerset. This is an all-ages event that includes divisions for both adults and youth. Pre-registration may be mad at basslakecontest.com or B&J Hardware in Somerset and Russell's Sports Bar in Star Prairie. Registration on the day of the event will also be held starting at 9 a.m.
St. Croix County The St. Croix County UW-Extension office has provided the following updates pertaining to the county 4-H program:
I'm excited about the opportunity to continue to provide you with updates on various health care-related topics. In my 2016 New Richmond News guest columns, I wrote about physician shortages in rural communities—such as ours—and talked about the importance of preventive care.