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Put your fingers in your ears and slowly close your eyes. What do you hear? Listen closely and you might hear your own heartbeat. Without that rhythmic miracle, nothing else matters. For most of us, the maddening din of daily existence only comes to a halt when something goes wrong. A bloody nose, a broken bone, a heart attack, or something worse and we are yanked off the speeding train of life and into the often bewildering world of health care.
Hammond Lions Club representative Wally Graf took time to catch trustees up on revisions to this summer's Heartland Days Celebration at the Hammond Village Board meeting Monday, Jan, 29.
Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 23, members of the Friday Memorial Library Board joined Friends of the Library members along with Alderpersons Jim Zajkowski and Scottie Ard, City Administrator Mike Darrow and a number of curious residents in a conference room at the Civic Center to hear the eagerly awaited results of the Feasibility Study Report for the new library.
One week before the special election on Tuesday, Jan. 16, to fill the Wisconsin Senate District 10 seat vacated by Sheila Harsdorf, contenders Patty Schachtner, Brian Corriea and Adam Jarchow squared off at a forum hosted by the New Richmond/St. Croix County VFW Memorial Post 10818 Auxiliary.
As a result of the caucus held Wednesday, Jan.3. both Village of Star Prairie trustees Dustin Howe and Craig Matthys were nominated to run to retain their seats in April's election. Following a closed session Wednesday night, Village of Star Prairie President Chad Peterson announced the Village is once again looking to fill its Maintenance Operator position. Peterson explained recently hired operator Bob Anez was unable to acquire his water certification, a requirement for the position. "We should have the ad in the paper today," said Peterson.
An audience of VFW Post 10818 veterans were party to a spirited discussion by New Richmond City Council members Monday, Jan. 8 in response to a request to transfer 5 acres of Freedom Park property into the Post's possession. The transfer is required as part of a plan to build a 16,000 square-foot Veterans Center which would also house a senior and community center.
So aside from the obvious, the Twin Cities and surrounding airports, who else in the region is likely to benefit from Super Bowl LII? The consensus at a recent meeting in Hudson of chambers of commerce from western Wisconsin municipalities was, not too many people.
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.