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COVID-19 at Baldwin-Woodville Schools

In an email sent out on Wednesday, September 16, Superintendent Eric Russell informed families that “This letter is to notify you that a staff member at the District Office has tested positive for COVID-19. We are actively working with the St. Croix County Public Health Department but at this time we do not anticipate any additional exposures or close contacts from this incident.”

In a “What to Expect” section of the email, it was explained, “If your child had close contact with a person with COVID-19, you will receive a call from the St. Croix County Public Health Department about monitoring symptoms, testing, and how to keep others in your home from getting sick.

If your child did not have close contact with a person with COVID-19 in our school, you will not receive any further communication. However, everyone in your household should continue to stay home as much as possible, wash their hands frequently, keep 6 feet away from others, wear a mask or cloth face covering in public, watch for symptoms of COVID-19, and seek medical care when sick.”


EDC Proclaims September 24 as Craft Brewery Day in St. Croix County

At its September meeting, the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board of directors unanimously proclaimed Thursday, September 24, 2020 as Craft Brewery Day in St. Croix County, Wisconsin.

The EDC will recognize six micro-breweries in the county with proclamations signed by the board president and executive director. The breweries are Rush River Brewery (River Falls), Dave’s BrewFarm (Wilson), Pitchfork Brewery (Town of Hudson), Oliphant Brewery (Somerset), Bobtown Brewhouse & Grill (Roberts), and Hop & Barrel (Hudson). The proclamations will be ground shipped to the breweries. A special, in-person delivery to one of the breweries has not been ruled out.

The proclamation points out craft breweries provide significant opportunities for community and economic development. In many cases, breweries renovate and occupy underutilized or vacant commercial space, sometimes providing additional sparks for other businesses to invest in nearby properties. Breweries are tourist destinations and a community gathering spot or a place to enjoy local music and food.

Statewide, craft breweries make a big impact. They contribute around $9 billion to Wisconsin’s economy each year, along with 62,000+ jobs and $2.5 billion in wages and benefits.

Like many businesses, breweries have felt the impact of the economic downturn. Owners used creativity and offered curb pick-up service for cans and growlers to go. Brewers and owners continue to help one another by answering questions and offering assistance.

The EDC asks residents to consider a pick-up order or in-person stop at taprooms on September 24th, recognizing the importance of social distancing and commonsense health practices.

Whether enjoying a lager, pilsner, pale ale, IPA or stout, please do so responsibly.

For questions or comments, please call St. Croix EDC at 715.381.4383.

St. Croix County

Private Signs not permitted on Highway Rights-of-Way

The St. Croix County Highway Department has received complaints of improperly placed signs within highway rights-of-way across the county. We would like to remind everyone that state law prohibits placement of private signs within highway rights-of-way in Wisconsin. This applies to signs for advertising, reality, political campaigns, or any other sign not placed by the state, county, or a municipality. Signs that are improperly placed in the right-of-way can:

• Compound damages or injuries in the event of a crash.

• Distract a motorist's attention.

• Obstruct a motorist's view.

• Endanger the safety of individuals who are placing signs.

• Present obstacles for crews who maintain roadways.

County highway crews will remove signs found within a highway right-of-way. Signs that pose a safety hazard will be removed immediately. Highway crews will attempt to preserve signs that are removed and provide the sign owner with an opportunity to claim the signs. Removed signs will be taken to the County Highway Facility in Baldwin.

For more information on where you can properly place your signs, visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website. If you have a specific right-of-way question, contact the municipality in charge of maintenance for the highway in question.

What is a highway right-of-way?

A highway right-of-way is the area needed for traffic lanes, shoulders, ditches, and vehicle recovery. For county roads they are typically 66-feet wide (33-feet from centerline) but can vary based on the demands and construction requirements. Interstates, freeways, and most state highways are much wider than 66 feet.

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