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The Somerset School Board is looking at several policy changes that could alter the way they conduct business in the future. The Governance Committee has proposed several significant changes in existing policies. A key recommendation is to expand the district's fund balance to a minimum of 25 percent of its operating budget. "Then we can operate the district for the whole year without having to go out for borrowing," District Administrator Randy Rosburg said. Clerk Sharon Germain noted that, by avoiding borrowing, the district would save money on interest paid. Also, a higher fund balance
The golf ball was sailing for the far edge of the water hazard. It was clear it wouldn't make it to shore. Luckily, it was the end of November in Wisconsin and the pond at Pine Meadows golf course had turned to ice. With a bounce off the frozen water on hole number 6, the ball settled on a safe piece of ground. It saved my round. Last Wednesday was a crazy day. The whole week, in fact, was strange weather for the days around the Thanksgiving holiday. Golfers wishing to extend the season ever so slightly packed Pine Meadows for one last round.
The operators of Anything Goes Salvage and Thrift are amazed at their early success. "The support out here has been huge," said Joe Dubak, operations manager at the store, as he walked past stacks of donated items. "We didn't realize it would take off this fast.
Five employees of the Somerset School District were honored by the School Board last week. Mark Barron, a tech education instructor, was chosen as the 2006-07 High School Teacher of the Year and was presented his award at the Nov. 20 board meeting. High School Principal Lynn Hudnall praised Barron for his dedicated service for the past 25 years.
Tom and Jan Heffron loved New Richmond. And even though they both passed away years ago, and their children no longer live in the community, the Heffron family still has their roots firmly planted here. That's why, when Tom and Jan's children started talking about a way to honor and remember their parents, the New Richmond Area Community Foundation provided the perfect answer. The Heffron Family Memorial Fund is the newest endowment in the Foundation's growing list of funds. The Heffron fund is one of 21 individual funds that make up the $1 million in assets that the Foundation currently h
The Federal Highway Administration has issued a "Record of Decision" on the proposed Stillwater bridge project. The decision comes in the wake of more than three years of meetings by a Stakeholders' Group that hammered out a compromise on issues related to the bridge plan. The only participating group not to sign off on the plan was the Sierra Club.
If you're surprised by someone showing you a random act of kindness around New Richmond, it may not be a coincidence. Confirmation students from the New Richmond United Methodist Church have been promoting a "Pay It Forward" campaign for the past nine months. As a result, sidewalks have been shoveled, lawns have been mowed, unpopular kids at school have had someone sit with them at lunch, and stalled vehicles have been pushed to safety -- all in the name of a good deed. The concept comes from a Hollywood movie, "Pay It Forward," which was released in theaters in 2000.
St. Croix Electric Cooperative plans to build a new substation in the Town of Richmond sometime in the next five years. The substation will be made primarily of steel and will reach 27 feet high. It will be located on land previously owned by Roger and Cindy Gleason near Boardman. St. Croix Electric has purchased 3.1 acres for the project. According to Mark Pendergast, co-op president and chief operating officer, the substation will be needed as demand for electricity increases in the coming years.
When it comes to helping less-fortunate neighbors stay healthy and fit, New Richmond Area YMCA members are a generous group. Through the Y Partners Program, funds are made available to help individuals and families pay all or a portion of the membership fees to join the local YMCA. Last year more than 400 families received some financial aid through Y Partners.
This week's paper is filled with things our community should be thankful for. So many of our stories show the power of individuals who seek to help the community and their neighbors who are less fortunate. Gabrielle Schwan is heading down the right track at the ripe old age of 8. She's already organized a school supply drive for classmates who can't afford to buy stuff for school. Now she's on a quest to bring care packages to injured soldiers.