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When the managed care organization for northwest Wisconsin went belly up last year, the future was a bit uncertain for the clients with disabilities that the organization served. As the transition from Community Health Partners (CHP) to the new MCO for this five-county region, Southwest Family Care Alliance, falls into place, some of the anxiety about the future has lessened. Teri Buros, director of Southwest Family Care Alliance (SFCA), attended a meeting of the St. Croix County Council on Aging and Disabilities Thursday, Jan. 17, to provide an update on the progress being made in St.
After 28 years in St. Croix County's Public Health office, Health Officer Wendy Kramer is retiring. Kramer said she plans to travel a bit with her husband, Dale, and volunteer with various organizations now that she has some free time. She also hopes to spend time with her kids and grandchildren in her retirement. "I'm also a master gardener, so I'm going to take care of my garden more," she said. The Baldwin resident also plans to help with the newly established community garden there. As her final days tick away, Kramer said she looks back fondly at her tenure with the county.
Community volunteers are hoping to light a spark behind an idea to develop a winter festival in New Richmond. For the second year in a row, the annual Fire & Ice celebration and the Vitalympics will join forces to provide some winter fun for all ages. This winter's version of the festivities will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
New Richmond High School students are learning the ropes of the aquaculture business. The fish rearing facilities at the school are now filled with tiny fish, thanks to a couple of stocking efforts that were completed recently. About 200 bluegills were transported into one huge tank two weeks ago. Last Wednesday, Sept. 26, 500 baby tilapia fish were also moved into their new temporary home in the rear of the agriculture education department. "Finally, the big day has come," teacher Rachel Sauvola said.
So you know you have to start getting more active, but you don't know how to start. Tate Wheeler, fitness director at The New Richmond Area Centre, suggests people use the acronym F.I.T. to start developing a plan. The F.I.T. principle stands for "Frequency," "Intensity" and "Time." Frequency When starting a new exercise routine, Wheeler said, it's best to start slow and work up. "Getting started with anything is still better than nothing," he said. Exercising or going to the gym twice a week at first would be a good start, he said.
VFW Post 10818 of New Richmond continues to pile up the hardware. Just weeks after being honored as the top performing post in the state of Wisconsin, the local VFW organization picked up several national awards at the national convention in Reno, Nev. Commander Dave Green received a letter of commendation on behalf of the local group, which was named an "All American" post for 2011-12. A total of 138 posts in the United States were named "All Americans" for 2011-12, but New Richmond was in the top 10.
At 91, Vernice Evans may be one of New Richmond's best examples of someone living a life of vitality. "I think staying active and having a lot of friends helps you stay healthy," she said. "I've had my share of health issues, but I've kept going." Evans has been the front desk receptionist at the New Richmond News for more than 18 years and she still comes in several days a week to greet customers, proofread and answer phones. "At least people have stopped asking me when I am going to retire," Evans said with a laugh.
The Somerset School Board found themselves between the proverbial rock and a hard place Monday at their regular meeting. When considering open enrollment requests for the 2012-13 school year, the board eventually voted 5-2 to approve all applications with the exception of one.
Dozens of area law enforcement and public safety personnel, along with their families, attended a somber St. Croix County Law Enforcement Memorial Day event May 15. The gathering was the first such local memorial ceremony, which focused on those officers, deputies and public employees who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2012. A list of more than 150 names was read aloud as part of the evening. "We are here to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice," St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts told the crowd of several hundred.
The Salvation Army of Polk and St. Croix Counties has been slowly ramping up its services to the needy during the ongoing national recession. But while many people in the region have heard about Grace Place homeless shelter in Somerset, the non-profit organization's efforts go far beyond that facility. According to Duana Bremer, the local director for The Salvation Army, dozens of people get the helping hand they need from a variety of programs offered. "We do a lot of stuff," she said.