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The Libertarian Party Pierce-St Croix County will be hosting its caucus from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Best Western PLUS Campus Inn in River Falls. There is no RSVP or cost required to attend the event. A $25 membership is available if you wish to join your local party. From 9-10:30 a.m., the party chairman, Robert Burke, will present materials gathered from a January 2017 symposium he attended on breakthrough treatments for addiction and mental illness currently banned by the U.S. government's war on drugs.
Westfields Hospital & Clinic officials will be hosting a community open house 5:30 (ribbon-cutting) to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, to help show community members yet another area of renovation that is part of an ongoing effort to make improvements at the hospital. The most recent phase of construction and renovations are part of planned renewals to areas that will continue at the New Richmond Health Care facility through this year and into 2018.
New Richmond New Richmond Police Department Chief Craig Yehlik announced this past week that citizens and businesses have been targeted with scams and that all residents should be wary of phone calls of individuals asking for personal information. The most recent scam that had been reported to the police department involved a person calling local businesses and residents and telling them they are delinquent on their electric bill, Yehlik said.
NRHS Fundraiser The New Richmond High School music department has begun a "sponsor-a-key' fundraiser to help raise funds to replace the piano in the choir room. According to Andy Schroetter, director of choral activities and the auditorium manager at the high school, the cost of a single key sponsorship is $75. The donations may be completed in honor or in memory of an individuals, if they so choose. Schroetter said a plaque is being created to be displayed in the choir room or outside the auditorium listing the sponsors and their dedications.
St. Croix County Businesses from the City of New Richmond, Village of Somerset and City of Hudson were all named as 2016 Businesses of the Year by the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Agnes Ring, president of EDC, announced the selections of Oliphant Brewing LLC (Village of Somerset), Wisconsin Lighting, Inc. (City of New Richmond), and Croix Gear and Machining (City of Hudson) as the recipients of the this year's awards. The EDC board of directors also named Trudy Popenhagen as the recipient of the 2016 EDC Directors Award.
The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation will award more than $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin students pursuing higher education in 2017. Scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated personal growth, development and leadership,academic performance and future educational goals.
On Dec. 31, 2016, one of our true conservationists passed away at the age of 78. Norm Rehder grew up in Houlton and graduated from Hudson High School in 1956. He worked at Whirlpool until 1960 when he was involved in a very serious car accident. Following intensive rehabilitation he attended Dunwoody College and learned TV and radio repair. He married his wife, Shirley, in 1967 and had two daughters, Debbie and Gina.
New Richmond At the December 2016 New Richmond City Council meeting, the common council voted to increase the parking citation fine from the current $10 fine for general parking violations and $50 for handicap violations to $20 for general parking violation. The council left the handicap violation unchanged at $50. New Richmond Police Chief Craig Yehlik this week issued a statement to inform all citizens of the increase that will go into effect Feb. 1 at midnight.
Snowmobilers in Wisconsin are required to purchase a Wisconsin trail pass in addition to having valid Wisconsin Public Use registration. Trail passes are only required when operating on snowmobile trails and corridors. Annual trails passes are $30 for Wisconsin residents, $50 for non-residents, or $10 for someone who is a member of a snowmobile club affiliated with the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs. Information about the discounts is available on the association's website at awsc.org/Trail-Pass- Registration.aspx.
The Wisconsin 4-H program depends upon the more than 20,000 adult volunteers to help youth gain caring, coping, and competency skills. Volunteers are the backbone of the 4-H Youth Development delivery model, and serve as mentors and role models for youth. Training helps volunteers understand the program and their role and provides an opportunity for volunteers to ask questions about the St. Croix County 4-H program. All volunteers who work with 4-H youth must attend a volunteer orientation workshop and go through the Wisconsin Youth Protection process.