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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.
Year after year, participants in the St. Croix Art & Culinary Show return because of the incredible experiences they have. At this year's seventh annual gathering, slated from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 22, many returning artists, culinary specialists and spirits businesses will gather at R&D Catering Banquet Center in New Richmond for an evening of fun, food and entertainment. Among the returnees is NP Design Photography of New Richmond. Nate Peterson, the owner, got involved in the event for the first time last year.
At a special meeting Monday night, the New Richmond City Council approved two resolutions that will eventually lead to the expansion of the New Richmond Area Centre facility. The council voted 5-0 to vacate a portion of Starr Avenue following a public hearing on the topic. It was standing-room-only for that portion of the meeting, although only a few people chose to speak when the public was allowed to chime in. Centre Executive Director Darian Blattner said the city street needed to be vacated because the expanded facility would fall within the road right-of-way.
As St. Croix County voters prepare to vote on a non-binding referendum question in April, the current financial health of the county-owned nursing home in New Richmond is becoming a bit more clear. At last Wednesday's Health and Human Services Committee meeting, Department Director Fred Johnson reported that the 2011 books are nearly ready to be finished. County officials have until the end of March to complete the financial reports concerning last year. As the numbers are finalized, Johnson told the committee that it appears the St.