New Richmond-News Staff
St. Croix County — On Jan. 25, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary December 2016 unemployment rates for Wisconsin's 72 counties and the 32 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County's rate was estimated at 3.7 percent For comparison, St. Croix's final rate in November was 3.4 percent and October's final rate was estimated at 3.2 percent . One year ago, the county's unemployment rate was estimated at 3.9 percent .
Public school open enrollment, Wisconsin's public school choice program, continues its steady growth since it began in the 1998-99 school year with a new application period beginning Feb. 6 and running through April 28 for the 2017-18 school year. Traditionally, children in Wisconsin are assigned to public school districts based on the location of their parents' home. Open enrollment is a tuition-free opportunity for parents to apply for their children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.
St. Croix County The St. Croix County Autism Support Group is set to launch Thursday, Feb. 9. The group will serve as a community resource for those living with and loving those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). "Autism affects one out of every 68 individuals, yet finding information in our local community is very difficult," said Peg Scott, the group's founding member. "This group will allow our community to bridge the gap—connecting both families and resources."
Outdoors Column Last week I was invited by a good friend to attend a wild game dinner at the Bethesda Lutheran Church which is located near Sand Lake. The meal was delicious as I partook in unbelievable delicacies crafted with venison, grouse, pheasant and bear. Taking just a small portion of each quickly filled my plate to overflowing and the dessert was fantastic. It was a meal made in Heaven. Following the dinner, we were treated to an excellent talk by Gary Reuter, who is a beekeeper, also known as a honey farmer, apiarist or apiculturist.
Roberts Close your eyes for a few seconds. What did you see? Blackness? Nothing? Now, with your eyes open, what do you see? The newspaper. The room you are in. The world outside your window. Imagine going through life without vision, without seeing your world around you. The everyday challenges of picking out clothing, preparing and eating a meal, getting to work.
New Richmond A candlelight hike at the Doar Prairie Restoration Area has been set for Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Walk or bring your own snowshoes (no cross country skiing). Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash at all times. Bring a nonperishable food item for Five Loaves Food Shelf Free hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. The Doar Prairie Restoration is located at 1755 115th St., near the the New Richmond Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Gov. Scott Walker announced nominations are being accepted for the 34th annual Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award. The award, administered by the Department of Administration (DOA) Division of Personnel Management, honors women who are making a difference in Wisconsin state government.
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.