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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.
Monday evening's board meeting began with President Willard Moeri presenting departing board members Rand Waughtal and Peter Tharp with Certificates of Appreciation and thanking them for their service to the community of Roberts. "With that said, I'd also like to congratulate the three successful winning candidates -- Nate Stork, Marge Wolske and Terry Dull," he said. The majority of the evening's discussion was devoted to U.S. Mineral's site plan and developer's agreement. Jason Raverty of Stevens Engineering presented site plan drawings illustrating the plant layout.
At Monday's regular meeting, a skeleton St. Croix Central School Board directed Baird Financial representative, Brian Brewer, to prepare a resolution to help guide the board in determining how best to refinance the district's outstanding debt. Historically low interest rates present the board with an opportunity to save as much as 7 percent or roughly $600,000 dollars over the remaining 10-year term of their 20-year obligation.
Amidst long tables filled with a circus of brightly colored hand made bowls, Hammond area students, teachers and parents gathered together to share a meal and participate in an auction as part of the Empty Bowls project at St. Croix Central High School Monday night. Middle School art teacher Kim Knutson is responsible for getting the event started two years ago.
With board member Peter Tharp dissenting, the Roberts Village Board approved rezoning a piece of property from ag-residential to a B-5 highway business district, moving the Flying J truck stop project one step closer to reality. Tharp expressed reservations that the process is moving forward too quickly and that there haven't been enough opportunities to properly scrutinize the project with regard to green space, road configuration and environmental issues.