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MADISON - State regulators last week authorized construction of a new well and well house for the Glenwood City Municipal Water Utility to replace an aging well the Department of Natural Resources considers "unsafe" and undersized.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced the preliminary March 2017 unemployment rates for Wisconsin's 72 counties and the 32 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County's rate was estimated at 3.7 percent. The county's final rate was 4.6 and 4.2 percent in February and January, respectively. One year ago, the county's unemployment rate was estimated at 4.7 percent. March's estimates are preliminary and are subject to revision within the next few weeks.
Two in five U.S. citizens live where pollution levels are too dangerous to breathe. That's according to the annual American Lung Association State of the Air Report released last week. The good news is that the number of people exposed to these unhealthy particulates dropped from 166 million to 125 million based on three-year measurements covering 2012-14 and 2013-15.
In 2016, Wisconsin recorded over 2,800 work zone crashes that resulted in 1,110 injuries and nine fatalities. To enhance the safety of highway workers and motorists, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is implementing use of temporary portable rumble strips on a state highway improvement project scheduled for this construction season. The rumble strips provide an audible and vibratory warning to motorists entering a construction zone and have helped to reduce speeds and crashes in work zones in other states.
Whether you have lived in New Richmond for two weeks or two years, New to New Richmond is for those who would like to meet people, learn about the city and possibly create interest groups. Sponsored by Community Education, this free event will be held 6-7 p.m. Monday, May 1, at Champs, 220 S. Knowles Ave., New Richmond. Light refreshments will be furnished and welcome gift bags distributed. This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to gather with like-minded people who would like to meet people in the city.
WELCH, Minn.—Adam Sandler is coming to Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minn., this summer. The comedian's "Netflix Presents: Here Comes the Funny Tour" will arrive at the casino northwest of Red Wing on Wednesday, June 21. Sandler will be joined by fellow comedians David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider. It's a rare appearance in Minnesota by the comedians. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show start at $99 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com.
RIVER FALLS -- The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter will host the fifth annual Ag Day on Campus 10 am to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. The interactive event is free and open to the public.
RIVER FALLS, Wis. — As a result of the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity's partnership with the SpartanNash Foundation and the four Family Fresh Market and Econofoods stores in New Richmond, River Falls, Somerset and Hudson, the local Habitat affiliate recently received an $8,400 donation from the retail grocery stores. The donation — which took place April 7 at Family Fresh Market, 303 South Main St., River Falls — will help build hope and affordable housing for Habitat homebuyers.
"Start seeing motorcycles." The public safety campaign, like the motorcycles, revs into high gear this weekend when the annual Spring Flood Run will bring thousands and thousands of riders to the region. For the uninitiated, the Flood Run and its autumn counterpart raise money for Gillette Children's Hospital and commemorate the 12 Twin Cities riders who rode 90 miles to Winona, Minn., to sandbag the town during the historic 1965 flood. The community threw them a party in 1966 and eventually the Flood Run was born.
On March 29, the United Kingdom sent a letter to the European Union invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the two-year separation process. It's fair to wonder why Americans and particularly those of us in the Heartland should care about U.K.-EU relations. If the "special relationship" between the United States and the U.K. isn't enough to warrant concern, surely trade between the two countries is.