New Richmond-News Staff
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.
New Richmond St. Mary's School annual Mardi Gras fundraiser is being held Saturday, Feb. 25, at Ready Randy's banquet facility located south of New Richmond at the corner of Highways 65 and G. Set a course for adventure and join us on the Love Boat. The night will feature a live auction offering a cabin getaway or a pontoon ride for 10 to 14 people as well as our fabulous dessert auction with the help of Hines Auction Service.
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.