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Hammond The Hammond Hotel, an iconic business and structure that has been standing at the main intersection of highways 12 and T in the Village of Hammond since the 1870s, will be torn down within the next month or two and replaced with a new bar/restaurant facility. According to Andrew Schmitz, the hotel owner, an attempt to revive the 150-year-old structure was made, but given its current state, the cost to rehab the old building is prohibitive.
The need for speed can be contagious, but for Kyle Shilts it's become a way of life. Just ask his father, Kerry, who has watched his son grow up in the sport of snowmobile drag racing the past decade and knows first-hand what the rush of racing and winning can do for a person's soul. The two New Richmond residents recently teamed up in an effort to capture the world record for the fastest speed on a twin cylinder sled at the ice races recently held in Forest Lake, Minn. Kyle drove his sled 174.193 mph on less-than-stellar conditions to earn the record.
The all-school parent information and registration open house will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 9 for prospective new students. Parents and students will be able to tour the school, meet the teachers, and pick up registration information.
St. Croix County The St. Croix Economic Development Corporation honored its 2016 business of the year winners at R&D Banquet Hall Thursday, Feb. 16, in rural New Richmond. The 2016 honorees are Oliphant Brewing (Village of Somerset) as Emerging Business of the Year; Wisconsin Lighting (City of New Richmond) as Small Business of the Year; and Croix Gear & Machining (City of Hudson) as Business of the Year. Trudy Popenhagen, a retired community service manager with Xcel Energy, received the 2016 EDC Director Award. About the 2016 Winners
Kiwanis Club of New Richmond President Steve Wojan recently presented a check to Detective Andy Westmoreland of the New Richmond Police Department for $750. The contribution sponsors a member of the department to attend Childfirst Forensic Interview Training. This five day program is designed to educate on the protocol of interviewing children in traumatic situations.
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.