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Employees of Three Square Market of River Falls will have a chance at a new way to work with optional implanted chip technology starting Aug. 1. For those who volunteer, an RFID chip will be implanted in their finger and will allow them to make purchases in their break room "micro market," open doors, log in to computers, use the copy machine and more. The company expects about 50 employees to participate.
It's obvious the world is changing at a rapid rate. What an understatement. The older generation reminisces about the time when the world moved a slower pace. Sitting on the front porch with a glass of lemonade in the evenings after supper, chatting with a neighbor over that white picket fence, taking the time for real conversations face-to-face as opposed to a quick text or Snapchat over a screen.
The River City Chorale is celebrating its ninth season of choral music by presenting a series of concerts in July. Over 140 vocalists from Hudson, Stillwater, New Richmond, the St. Croix River Valley, the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin will perform with the ensemble this summer. The public is invited to attend.
EAU CLAIRE— The Wisconsin Technical College System Board of Directors on Wednesday, July 12 approved a $1.5 million addition to the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) campus at River Falls. The project, along with future planned remodeling at the campus and partnership in the St. Croix Valley Business Incubation Center, is part of an overall effort by CVTC to meet the workforce needs of the region, according to CVTC Vice President of Operations Tom Huffcutt.
The Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in partnership with the St. Croix County 4-H Horse Committee and with continued support from the St. Croix County 4-H Dairy Committee are well on the way to a successful year of fundraising towards retiring the note on Horse Barn #1. The stretch goal is to fully retire the note in 2018 and move on to the next project. The Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds' "Renovations for the Generations Capital Fund Drive" is a comprehensive, capital fund drive to update and improve the Fairgrounds for generations to come.
Owners of wells that pump more than 100,000 gallons of water a day are no longer subject to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources review for maintenance and replacement of existing wells. Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill June 1 that reduces DNR oversight of high-capacity wells, which are used mostly by farmers and industrial businesses. The new law allows well owners to forego DNR review for well maintenance, reconstruction and ownership transfers.
EMERALD, Wis. — After more than 20 years of living on their grassy acreage tucked between farms, Chad and Mary Enerson were mortgage-free and the dream of replacing their century-old farmhouse was in sight. Their prospective house overlooked a pond pulsing with chirps and croaks, engulfed in a continuous buzz from the wildlife that gather at dusk. The couple even explored avenues to earn some retirement income from the pond — breeding shrimp or getting a permit to sell salamanders.
The St. Croix County Recycling program will be hosting an electronics collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the St. Croix County Services Center, 1752 Dorset Lane, New Richmond. This event offers the community an opportunity to safely recycle unwanted or unusable electronic devices. Accepted electronics include, but are not limited to, televisions, computers, laptops, printers, copiers, radios, telephones and treadmills. Fees for the event are listed below: • TV (13" and smaller): $25 • TV (14-19"): $30 • TV (20-27"): $35
St. Croix County Register of Deeds Beth Pabst is the new president of the Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association.
Getting a jump on next year's 50th anniversary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway's upper portion, writer Buz Swerkstrom has collected more than 80 riverway-related newspaper and magazine articles into a book called "St. Croix Stories: Writings about the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway 1979-2010." The 380-page collection, available by mail order and in both print and e-book versions from Amazon.com, adds up to a modern history of the riverway, which includes most of the St. Croix River and all 98 miles of its longest tributary, the Namekagon River.