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From 2001-04, St. Croix County builders recorded 4,745 one- and two-family home starts, including 1,230 at a high point in 2003, according to the Wisconsin Builders Association. Home starts in St. Croix County dipped under 1,000 in 2005 with 952, resulting in a long, downward slide through 2009 when 123 starts were recorded. An upward trend began in 2010 with 132 one- and two-family starts. In 2016, there were 359 home starts in St. Croix, and through September, there were 294 starts in 2017.
A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. is expanding its college scholarship opportunity to Wisconsin college and post-secondary students. The company is one of the largest in the nation and strives to not only be the best in transport but also do their part in helping students by making the financial aspects of college a little easier. A-1 Auto Transport media consultant, Jason Mueller, stated the following:
The St. Croix Economic Development Corporation is seeking nominations for Business of the Year awards. Categories include: • Emerging Business of the Year (a start-up business that has operated in St. Croix County for five or fewer years) • Small Business of the Year (29 or fewer employees) • Business of the Year (30 or more employees) A nomination form and guidelines can be obtained from St. Croix EDC at 715-381-4383, by email, nita//stcroixedc.com/nominations-open-2017-business-year-awards/.
River States Truck & Trailer, will be recognized for the third consecutive year at the awards breakfast at Pier Wisconsin at Discovery World in Milwaukee. The Wisconsin 75 recognizes the largest 75 privately held businesses in Wisconsin. The program recognizes more than just revenue — it also recognizes business contributions to the communities in which they are located, the people who build the business, and the overall Wisconsin economy of which they are a part.
EAU CLAIRE — The Dental Clinic at Chippewa Valley Technical College will once again be offering a chance for veterans to receive free dental care. The Give Vets a Smile event is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the clinic at the CVTC Health Education Center, 615 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. Any veteran without other dental benefits who has a current military ID or is enrolled in VA Health Care is eligible to participate.
University of Wisconsin-River Falls seniors Tynan Pratumwon, Kylie Hommerding, Sor Her, Liz Schultz, Adrian Harvieux, Darielle Dahnke and Molly Ruoho will present their Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in Gallery 101 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building Oct. 13-24. On display will be blown glass, printmaking, ceramics, photography, mixed media installations, painting and drawing. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Sept. 29 is a special day for Dave and Laurie Sandquist of Hudson. Their son, Carter Gerald was born on that day in 1999. In July of that year, their unborn son was diagnosed with Triploidy, a fatal chromosome abnormality. They had three days with Carter before his death on Oct.1. To give families more time with their "little angels," the Sandquists chose Carter's 18th birthday to donate a CuddleCot to Westfields Hospital & Clinic. A CuddleCot is a bassinet that uses a medical cooling system that delays changes to a stillborn child.
Young singers in the Hudson area and St. Croix River Valley are invited to join The River City Chorale Youth Choir for its fall/winter season. The Youth Choir is open to children in grades three through six. Rehearsals will be 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays starting Oct. 24 and will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., Hudson. The Youth Choir will perform along with the RCC Christmas Chorale and the RCC Ensemble Singers at two concerts at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson.
Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation indicates that 41 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes last month, making it the safest September in terms of traffic deaths since the end of World War II. Traffic fatalities last month were six fewer than September 2016 and 16 fewer compared to the five-year average for September. The deadliest September occurred in 1973 with 116 deaths.
EAU CLAIRE — Firefighters from 15 departments throughout west-central Wisconsin agreed on the toughest challenge as they prepared for an upcoming state certification test: The ladder challenge was not going to be easy.