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On a steamy evening when there were more than enough chairs to accommodate the 20 or so citizens who attended a special meeting of the Glenwood City Council, Mayor John Larson, inspired by the tenor of recent public meetings, opened proceedings by announcing he'd googled "civil discourse" and proceeded to read aloud the definition.
Feral cats are running roughshod through the Village of Roberts, according to one resident who waited her turn to speak until the end of Monday night's board meeting. "We've had a cat living in the engine of our Yukon. We've had cats defecating in our vegetable garden and all over our yard. Our indoor dog ended up getting worms from eating cat poop in our yard. We can't set traps or use poison because there are lots of small kids in our neighborhood. I don't know what else to do," said the mother of two young children, "and we're not the only ones."
In response to recent tragedies which have occurred at schools, the Somerset School District, area law enforcement and public safety agencies partnered to run a full-scale exercise Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Despite the growing interest by residents and media in Glenwood City's debate over whether or not to permit Vista Sand to mine and process silica sand within the city's limits, last night's council meeting lacked enough chairs to accommodate a standing room only audience. "How can you expect to operate and monitor a mine when you can't even supply enough chairs for your own citizens at a council meeting," said one agitated resident. Opening salvo aside, council member Crystal Booth felt overall the discussion was very civil,
This summer's Art Camp at The SPACE in New Richmond began with the creation of inspiration journals. Instructor Julie Griepentrog explained that the journals were to be used to record, "your impressions, ideas, instructions, maybe even assignments from each of the classes you will be attending over the next four days." Seemed simple enough. What ensued was a perfect storm of chaos and creativity, the kind of experience that is essential to fostering imagination in children.
What if you were to imagine a community that co-creates its values? What if you imagined a community that's able to describe its own future? What if you were able to reach out across a diverse population and listen to citizens within that community? What if you were to agree with your fellow citizens on critical actions to be taken?
It's spooky walking on water even if it is late January and the ice is 20 inches thick. The Snow Trax attached to boots make a biting sound as the cleats cut into the clear dangerously slick ice. On the horizon several hundred yards ahead, a figure slowly walks around a configuration of newly constructed log fish cribs. Dressed from head to toe in canvas-colored insulated overalls with an oversized pair of wool mittens and wearing a chartreuse vest is Barb Scott, fisheries technician with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
At 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 2, dairy farmer Rodney Cassellius and his 4-year-old Holstein, No.
A day before frigid temperatures were predicted to move in, a small group of outdoor enthusiasts joined federal and local staff for their third annual Winter Walk on the Oak Ridge Waterfowl Production Area. The walk, led by staff from the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of St. Croix Wetland Management District, was billed as an opportunity to "discover the sights and sounds of nature" and learn a little bit about the history and management of this WPA. The mild winter weather enabled folks to leave their snowshoes in the car and proceed on foot for the mile and half tour.
Earlier this year, the Village of Roberts authorized the purchase of a new LUCAS 2 CPR device for use by the Roberts Warren Fire-Rescue Department. Jolife in Lund, Sweden developed the LUCAS 2 in 2001. It's a mechanical chest compression device built to deliver hands-free, uninterrupted compressions at a consistent rate and depth in a cardiac arrest situation.