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Twenty-one schools from Wisconsin and Minnesota sent robotics teams to compete in the Western Wisconsin VRC Challenge sponsored by Somerset High School and SMC Ltd. last Saturday, Jan.6. Teams competed for more than eight hours in qualifying, elimination and final rounds for the right to move onto the state competition to be held March 2 & 3 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Teams from Somerset High School took second, third and fourth in the Skills competition while two of the Somerset teams earned Tournament Champion Awards.
Editor's note: This story is part of a series recapping the top stories of 2017. Read the other top stories here. Back in March, the News documented the story of Wally, a porky 250-pound escape artist who fortuitously found his way to the SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary, a nonprofit farm animal rescue and rehabilitation program in New Richmond.
The Auxiliary to VFW New Richmond/St. Croix County Post 10818 announced it will be hosting a candidate forum in the City Council Chambers at the New Richmond Civic Center, 156 East First St., Tuesday, Jan. 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. The forum is designed to provide candidates for Wisconsin's open 10th Senate District seat, vacated by Sheila Harsdorf, an opportunity to share their perspective on a number of different issues.
Editor's note: This story is part of a series recapping the top stories of 2017. Read the other top stories here.
Some 50 years in the making, the story of the St. Croix Crossing bridge culminated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 under a cloudless blue sky. A fleeting thought crossed my mind as our convoy of three busses curled around the bend and out onto the virgin stretch of white concrete suspended high above the river by a miracle of engineering.
A packed room applauded Village of Somerset trustees as they voted 3-1 Thursday night to revise the village's ordinance dealing with wild, exotic and dangerous animals. Trustees dropped Section 7-1-9 which refers specifically to "pit bulls." Back in July, trustees heard from resident and pit bull owner Shannon Luloff, and professional pit bull advocate Beth DeLaforest while making a case in favor of changing the ordinance which has been in place since 2000.
Following a closed session at their meeting Monday evening, Dec. 11, the Village of Hammond Board of Trustees announced it had accepted a request by Public Works employee Rich Cron, to step down as department lead effective Jan. 1, 2018. Trustees did not disclose a reason for Cronk's request and tabled any discussion to designate a new lead until they can gather more information. Cronk is expected to continue working for the department, just not in the position of lead.
Ready, set, party! No, really party, as in Super Bowl party! Super Bowl LII (52) is being promoted as the ultimate party, 10 days of non-stop, mind-blowing (possibly mind numbing) activities ranging from zip lining across the MIssissippi River to the 2018 Super Bowl Experience, a 500,000 square-foot interactive NFL themed games and activities park, to Super Bowl Live, a daily party featuring live music, food and uniquely Minnesota attractions.
Noah Wiedenfeld made good on his promise to the St. Croix Valley Chapter of the Salvation Army Friday, Dec. 15 shortly after 3 p.m. when he rang his bell for the last time completing a 26.2-hour marathon as a volunteer bell ringer outside the Walmart store in New Richmond. The Salvation Army's 30 Hour Marathon Ring for St. Croix County was able to bring in $77,382, with a wide variety of volunteers ringing bells at the red kettles in both New Richmond and Hudson.