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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.
The Monday evening meeting of the Roberts Village Board began with both Police Chief Dan Burgess and Public Works Director John Bond reporting that the Good Neighbor Days Festival came off without a hitch. There were no serious injuries reported and the crowd was well behaved for the most part, according to Burgess. Bond reported there was a brief power outage at the park, which was resolved quickly after locating a burned out wire at the ballpark under the infield.
Six months ago, New Richmond ReStore manager Andy Scheiderer hired Chris Chase-Schaehrer as his new assistant manager. Chase-Schaehrer, a single mother of two with a degree in Special Education from St. Cloud State University and a "mini MBA" from the University of St. Thomas in non-profit management and fundraising, jumped at the opportunity.
Putting the first half of the Middle Border Conference season behind them is the new goal for the Somerset girls soccer team. The Spartans went 0-7-1 in the first round of MBC play, but they believe they are ready to show significant improvement in the second half of the MBC season. The final game of the first round of MBC games showed the Spartans are close to being competitive with all the conference opponents. The Spartans and Osceola battled to a scoreless draw for 65 minutes, before Osceola scored the only goal in a 1-0 Chieftain victory. Osceola's Stacey Wherley scored the only goal.
St. Croix Central is exploring energy efficiency measures throughout the school district. At Monday's SCC School Board meeting, Superintendent David Bradley said the Wisconsin Energy Revenue Cap Exemption enables a public school to increase its revenue limit for energy efficiency measures or purchasing energy efficient projects, including the payment of debt service on bonds or notes issued to finance those projects. To qualify, those projects must result in the avoidance of, or reduction in, energy or operational costs. Any bonds that are issued can not exceed 20 years.