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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.
Hundreds of dart throwing enthusiasts converged on New Richmond last weekend to compete in the Twin States Music's 28th annual Regional Dart Tournament. The event, featuring upwards of 750 competitors over four days, kicked off with action promptly Thursday morning.
The third class with New Richmond's Leadership Trust Initiative graduated March 21 following a nine-month training program. The LTI program was developed by the New Richmond Area Community Foundation and the Front Porch Initiative. A three-year grant from the Bremer Foundation kick-started the effort in 2009. "That funding is now complete," said Tim O'Brien, local attorney and foundation board member. "The perpetuation of LTI is now in our hands." Since its beginning, LTI has provided community leadership training for 68 graduates.
The Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies has chosen Sara Kreibich as the Distinguished High School Teacher of the Year for 2012. Kreibich has been a high school social studies teacher for 12 years. She currently teaches civics, world history and geography at Somerset High School. Previous to her current job, Kreibich taught U.S. history, world history, government and Spanish for 11 years at Osceola High School. "I was completely surprised and honored to be selected as a representative of this award," Kreibich said.
Expansion projects (two almost underway and one proposed) were the main focus of city meetings Monday night. At a 5 p.m. Planning Commission meeting, the site plan and stormwater review was approved for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College's planned expansion this summer and fall.
Officials with Emerging Energies of Wisconsin LLC, the company seeking to build a wind farm in northeastern St.