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Every year, the third Saturday and Sunday in January is designated as Free Fishing Weekends across the state of Wisconsin. Residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a fishing license (and trout stamps) over these two days. However, all other fishing regulations (length limits, bag limits, etc.) apply. No ice is safe ice, so plan accordingly. For more information, call Conservation Warden Paul Sickman at 715-684-2914, ext. 120.
St. Croix County recently announced that they had selected and awarded a contract to RACOM Corporation of Marshalltown, Iowa, for improvements to the county’s public safety radio communications system. The action follows the county’s Request for Proposals (RFP) issued in August 2016. The county received five proposals from four vendors in response to its RFP.
The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $70,000 in grants to eight programs in the New Richmond and Shell Lake communities. The grants provide support for various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and environmental sustainability programs and activities including curriculum, internships and FIRST Robotics. “I am excited that Bosch Packaging Technology Inc. can continue to support our communities in New Richmond and Shell Lake to get access to grants from the Bosch Community Fund,” said Alexander Schmitz, general manager of Bosch Packaging Technology Inc.
Express Employment Professionals, a locally owned and operated staffing company, recently brought Brooke Gilles on board to help operate its New Richmond office. Brooke comes to Express with prior recruiting, hiring and onboarding experience. She graduated from UW-Stout with a degree in human development and family studies. She currently resides in River Falls with her husband. Brooke is excited to be a part of one of the top staffing companies in the U.S. and Canada. Express staffs administrative, commercial and professional positions.
Xcel Energy is expanding its support of United Way St. Croix Valley’s Food Resource Center (FRC) by donating and volunteering with the FRC’s brand new backpack program. Xcel Energy employees recently packed 125 backpacks with food for children to be distributed to the 14 food pantries and shelters who come to pick up food once per month at the FRC. In addition, Xcel Energy donated $2,000 to provide the food and backpacks that were packed.
The St. Croix County Democratic Party will meet Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. (6 p.m. is social/discussion hour), at Ready Randy’s, New Richmond. The topic will be “how rural issues affect all of us.” The January general meeting is focusing on the possible arrival of its first super-sized livestock operations in St. Croix County and some of its possible effects on our lives here in the county. One 7,000-cow dairy can produce the same amount of waste as all the residents in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Law affects log haulers and transporters of salt or abrasives for winter maintenance According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), recent cold temperatures mean that effective Sunday, Jan. 8, at 12:01 a.m., the state’s frozen road law will expand to include the entire state.
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Creating smiles To The Editor: As we have turned the calendar to the New Year, we have to reflect on the many individuals and groups that have brightened our days at The Deerfield. Once again, our special community provided music, gifts, fellowship and holiday cheer for our residents around the holidays.
Gov. Scott Walker this week appointed Polk County Assistant District Attorney Daniel J. Tolan to serve on the Polk County Circuit Court, replacing retired Judge Molly E. GaleWyrick. “I am pleased to appoint Daniel Tolan as a judge in Polk County,” Walker said. “He shares a strong commitment to Constitutional principles and will faithfully apply the rule of law.”