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The St. Croix County Fair premium books have been mailed to all open class, senior citizens and school exhibitors that entered in the 2012 St. Croix County Fair. For open class, senior citizen and school exhibitors, you will find an entry blank with your name and exhibitor number on it in the front of the book. If you exhibited in two divisions, such as open class and senior citizens divisions, you will receive an entry blank for one by separate mailing. If you receive a fair book from the 4-H division, your open class entry blank will also be sent by separate mailing.
The New Richmond Area Foundation has supported Turningpoint domestic abuse emergency shelter with grant funding. According to Turningpoint Executive Director Kim Wojcik, Turningpoint is able to provide a clean, safe, organized 17 bed emergency shelter. Some of the 24-hour-a-day services Turningpoint provides include emergency shelter; 24-hour crisis line; legal advocacy; individual advocacy services, support groups, children's programming, information and referral services, transportation, community outreach, daily living supplies, food/clothing and preventative education. Turningpoint serv
Home-bound senior citizens in New Richmond are receiving more deliveries of food thanks to a new pilot project in St. Croix County. The Aging and Disability Resource Center has partnered with the Five Loaves Food Pantry to better serve those who are stuck at home. According to Randi Hanson, preventative nutrition program coordinator, home-bound seniors receive four lunches per week thanks to the Meals on Wheels program. But for three days during the week, she explained, they get no meals delivered. "That means a lot of missed meals," Hanson said.
After a lengthy restoration process, the historic Fairey Gannet XT-752 airplane which is housed at the New Richmond Regional Airport is ready for its official unveiling. The public is invited to Hangar 11-12 from 6 to 9 p.m.
New Richmond students are helping to save an endangered plant species. The Dotted Blazing Star wildflower is on the endangered list in Wisconsin and is only found in a few counties along the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers. It just so happened that some of those flowers were in the path of the soon-to-be-constructed St. Croix River Crossing near Houlton. As a result of the endangered designation, Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Department of Natural Resources officials had to dig up the Dotted Blazing Star plants along the bluffs of the St. Croix and attempt to save them.
The St. Croix County Board and the county's Health and Human Services Board have taken a lot of heat in recent weeks for their debate related to the future of St. Croix Industries, the county-run vocational program serving adults with disabilities. Officials have been leaning toward getting out of the vocational services businesses, due in large part to an expected $1.6 million deficit at St. Croix Industries over the next three years. The budget crunch will become reality within the year, when the state aid for clients served by St.
For 25 years, Don Tarnowski has helped customers at Farm and Home in New Richmond figure out their hardware needs. Now, Tarnowski has retired and he's looking forward to a little travel with his wife. Employees at Doyle's Farm and Home gave Tarnowski a rousing farewell on his last day, Friday, by sharing a noon lunch and cake with the retiree. In a short interview, Tarnowski said he's enjoyed his time at Farm and Home. Tarnowski worked in the oil fields of Colorado earlier in his life, before taking a job in New Richmond.
Detective Bruce Borgen's goal was to reach 30 years with the New Richmond Police Department before retiring. But life has a way of changing one's priorities, he said during an interview Friday on his last day on the job. A cancer diagnosis in January, and the treatment that followed, caused Borgen to rethink his retirement plans. "It causes you to re-evaluate things," he said.
The City of New Richmond has Community Development Block Grant funds available to assist low- to moderate-income persons with housing rehabilitation. These funds are distributed as interest-free deferred loans and there are no payments required. Repayment of these loans is due when the property is sold or no longer the homeowner's primary residence. The Community Development Block Grant funds can be used for housing rehabilitation, including but not limited to: re-siding, fixing or replacing a roof, replacing inefficient windows and doors, correcting plumbing and electrical issues.
Tears, cheers and pleas filled the room as the St. Croix County Health and Human Services Board and Council on Aging and Disabilities met together in joint session Monday night. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the 2014 budget for all Health and Human Services programs, but the public hearing was almost completely dominated by debate about the future of St.