Off the Editor’s Desk – 7-17-2013

As I sit at my desk in our Glenwood City office and look toward the west and I can see activity for the Construction of the new facility at Glenhaven and the new improvements in nursing home care that it will offer.

 And, on my desk is a copy of an Open House advertisement for the new facility at Colfax.  The Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center’s new state-of-the-art facility at 110 Park Drive will be holding an open house Saturday afternoon, July 27.  We encourage everyone to take in the tours and visit the new facility.

Other area upcoming events include the 14th season of the St. Croix Valley Community Band at the Petersons’ Valley View Farm on 150th Avenue in Glenwood Township. I urge everyone to take in this event.

And, if county fairs are your thing, the St. Croix County Fair is this week in Glenwood City and the Dunn County Fair is next week in Menomonie.

The Glenwood City Firefighters are planning a Softball tournament for the weekend of August 9, 10 and 11.

The annual Cucumber Festival in Boyceville is August 16, 17 and 18.

The Colfax Firefighters Annual Ball is set for September 7th and the Annual Rustic Lore events in Glenwood City are the week following Labor Day.

The third annual Dakota Lain’s walk to stop child abuse is set for October 5th in Boyceville.

It seems that a week does not go by that we don’t have something to report, either about sand mines or windmills. We would like to remind anyone interested that the Highland Wind Farm has filed to reopen hearings about their Town of Forest plans for up to 44 wind turbines. The Public Service Commission has set a hearing date of Wednesday, August 14 at 9:30 in Madison. If you cannot attend and wish to watch the proceedings you may do so, as the Commission intends to webcast session held in the Amnicon Falls hearing room live on the Commission’s web site at http://psc.wi.gov under the “PSC Live Broadcast” button.

I must also comment on sand mine activities that I have observed recently. I drove north out of Chippewa Falls on Highway 53 and also west on Highway 8 from Barron to Poskin and saw the new construction of the railroad, with new track and all the rolling stock. I cannot but wonder, how many new jobs have been created locally by the frac sand industry? I would urge that everyone take a drive and see for yourself all the work that has been done.

— Carlton