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Creating smiles To The Editor: As we have turned the calendar to the New Year, we have to reflect on the many individuals and groups that have brightened our days at The Deerfield. Once again, our special community provided music, gifts, fellowship and holiday cheer for our residents around the holidays.
Gov. Scott Walker this week appointed Polk County Assistant District Attorney Daniel J. Tolan to serve on the Polk County Circuit Court, replacing retired Judge Molly E. GaleWyrick. “I am pleased to appoint Daniel Tolan as a judge in Polk County,” Walker said. “He shares a strong commitment to Constitutional principles and will faithfully apply the rule of law.”
State Rep. Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) took the oath of office Tuesday, Jan. 3, to represent the 29th Assembly District in the Wisconsin State Assembly. This is Rep. Stafsholt’s first term in the Legislature.
The Saint Croix County Deer Advisory Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., at the DNR Service Center, 890 Spruce St., Baldwin, to discuss recommendations for preventing the spread and responding to other chronic wasting disease issues on both a statewide and local level.
One lucky player matched all five numbers in the Badger 5 drawing on Saturday, Dec. 31 to win the night's $109,000 jackpot. The winner purchased their ticket at Marathon at 1421 Main St., in Houlton. Saturday's winning Badger 5 numbers were 2, 6, 16, 19 and 20. Badger 5 is a daily lotto game available only in Wisconsin. Winners at all prize levels have 180 days from the drawing to claim their prizes by mail or in person at the Lottery’s Madison or Milwaukee offices.
Dozens of hats and mittens were collected at First National Community Bank and given to Grace Place for those in need. The Hudson team presented a check in the amount of $2,000 to the Salvation Army Bell Ringing campaign during their 30-hour marathon putting them over the top of their overall goal. In Somerset, the bank donated $500 to the Somerset Food Pantry which will provide meals for more than 100 families.
The annual tradition for area seniors took place on Dec. 9 at the Centre with entertainment from the Diane Martinson Holiday Jazz Duo. The duo entertained the crowd who enjoyed some holiday fellowship while enjoying some holiday homemade treats. The event is supported by the United Way St. Croix Valley and has been since the inception of the event.
Check with county as to when trails are to open With winter storms to occur over the next few months, state recreational specialists are asking snowmobilers to prep their sleds for the season but to hold off on hitting the trails until local authorities provide the green flag. In St. Croix County the snowmobile trail hotline number to call to check if trails are open is 715-772-6824.
Celebrate the New Year with comedy at the Old Gem Theater with comedian, story-teller and musician Dean Johnson and special guest, Paul Dillery, on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Johnson has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, and the Cayman Islands on numerous radio and TV programs, and has appeared on stage with a wide range of well known personalities including The Smothers Brothers and Louis Anderson. Dean’s musical hits include “The World’s Largest Twine Ball” and “The World’s Largest Six Pack.”
Wisconsin authorities put out an alert for suspects in a credit card scam that allegedly involves Walmart stores from Woodbury to Red Wing. According to a St. Croix Falls (Wis.) Police Department announcement, two suspects used cloned credit cards to buy gift cards Sunday, Dec. 18, at a Walmart there. The suspects have been active in Pierce County and at Walmarts in Cottage Grove, Woodbury and Red Wing, according to police.