New Richmond News
People in western Wisconsin who would like to improve their English language speaking and writing skills can take advantage of a free English Language Learning class at Chippewa Valley Technical College's River Falls campus. The class is meant for people of any native tongue and is open to people of all English skill levels, from beginners with virtually no English skills to those who would like to improve skills they already have, according to instructor Holly Hassemer.
Last year, the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department volunteered to continue the 30-hour bell ringing tradition at County Market in Hudson to help The Salvation Army of St. Croix County/Grace Place raise the needed funds to help the homeless and others in need. This year, they plan to do it again!
The Red Kettle Campaign is the most important fundraiser for The Salvation Army in St. Croix County. Bells begin ringing Nov. 15 and will continue to ring through Dec. 30, that is if there are volunteers to help. Volunteers for the campaign have been decreasing each year and with the need for assistance at an all-time high, volunteers are needed now more than ever. According to Media and Fundraising Manager Angela Moulton, volunteers are still needed for several sites around St. Croix County.
River Falls Area Hospital, together with United Way St. Croix Valley, is offering a Mental Health First Aid class designed to help students identify, understand, and respond to signs of addiction and mental illnesses. The day-long class will be held Nov. 13, on the River Falls Area Hospital campus.
The Wisconsin 2018 fall election is weeks away and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to be sure people know how to obtain identification, free of charge, that is valid for voting. Most persons already have valid identification for voting purposes (driver license, identification card, military or student ID card, etc.). There is no separate "voter ID." Anyone unsure if their identification meets the requirements should visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website to check.
Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including Hudson High School's Anna Arthur, Connor Harrison and Erik Small; and River Falls High School's Niko Zoller.
The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau held its annual "Welcome New Teachers Luncheon" on Aug. 29, at Woodland Hill Presbyterian Homes & Services.
On Friday, Aug. 10, the St. Croix County Deputies Benevolent Association held its second annual "Shop with a Cop" event. The Benevolent Association teams up with Grace Place and the Salvation Army out of New Richmond. The Benevolent Association, with the help of six local school districts were able to nominate children who fit the criteria for the program. Local law enforcement officers volunteered their time to shop with a child for new outfits, a new pair of shoes and other basic items like socks and underwear to get their school year off to a great start.
Sixty-four school districts and consortiums are sharing $3.25 million in state grant funding to provide school-based mental health services.
The St. Croix County Fair will be remembered by many as an exemplary year. See the memories in our photo gallery.