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The New Richmond Fire House was full of fun and laughter Saturday, Jan. 27 as folks flocked to the annual Collin's Community Hero Day event hosted by New Richmond Fire & Rescue. Kids and their parents feasted on cake, hotdogs and sloppy joes as they made their way in and out of fire trucks before watching a live demonstration by the St. Croix County K-9 team. Between face painting, ring-toss and fishing, kids got to try on fire gear and test their water skills with fire extinguishers.
Friends of St. Croix Wetland Management District hosted their annual winter walk Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Oak Ridge Waterfowl Production Area. Twenty-five hardy souls from the area participated in the walk. Participants walked along the north ridge of Oak Ridge Lake through the crunchy snow amid the oak savanna while U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff talked about the prairie and oak savanna habitat restoration efforts, as well as research efforts on the federally endangered Karner Blue Butterfly.
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.