New Richmond-News Staff
Learning so much To the Editor: This past January I was able to attend the Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. During my time in the Wisconsin Dells, I gained 39 sisters. Yes, 39!
Staff Commentary I have two very good friends who are both, in their own ways, defying gravity every day. Recovering from a serious injury requires a carefully concocted remedy of courage, persistence, patience and faith. My friend's injury to her leg has required several surgeries over a number of months. First test, patience. Hers is a life lived fully engaged, not a lot of time outs or days off. I believe she finds life's daily invitation to participate, to explore, to share and to care, irresistible. So being forced to stay still and watch has not been easy.
Amery A girl who decided she wanted to pay it forward to mark her ninth birthday has helped bring comfort and joy to child patients at Westfields Hospital & Clinic. Amery student Reagan Thompson, who was born three months premature in 2007, asked friends and family to donate new stuffed animals rather than give her a gift this birthday. After her toy drive was complete, Reagan found she had gathered more than 250 teddies and other soft toys.
UW-River Falls UW-River Falls is hosting a panel discussion, "The Effect of Fake News on Democracy," Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., in North Hall auditorium. The discussion is part of the communication and media studies department's working journalists lecture series. Free and open to the public, the discussion features UW-River Falls faculty— Grace Coggio, assistant professor in communication studies; Neil Kraus, professor and chairman of the political science department and the international studies program; and Andris Straumanis, associate professor in journalism.
Menomonie, New Richmond State Rep. Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) will be hosting two listening sessions Tuesday, Feb. 21. The first will be held on the UW-Stout campus in Menomonie and the second at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New Richmond. Stafsholt represents the 29th Assembly District, which includes much of the eastern half of St. Croix County and the western portion of Dunn County—including the city of Menomonie.
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.