Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chamber hosts annual awards banquet

Fennern Jewelers was named Small Business of the Year at the Baldwin Woodville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet Monday night. Pictured with the award are Nancy and Eric Fennern.

Ashley Furrer receives the Girl Scout Medal of Honor for Life Saving

Ashley is a 6 year old first grader at Greenfield Elementary. She is a Girl Scout in the Daisy Troop in Baldwin. On October 10, Ashley and her mom went to the neighbor’s to sell the Girl Scout fall product. While she was there it became apparent the neighbor was not doing well. They soon found out that Joni, her neighbor, was a diabetic and having a diabetic reaction. Ashley helped get her juice. Ashley’s mom called the ambulance and Ashley assisted in watching for the ambulance. She also stayed with Joni while her mom went to meet the ambulance.
Joni wrote about Ashley shortly after the incident occurred. She wrote: “She is a very competent little girl. I know that Ashley will not only to be able to take care of herself in the future in an emergency or dangerous situation, but she will also have the presence of mind to be able to help others as she did me that day. Thank you, Ashley.”
The Girl Scout’s Chief Executive Officer, Cathy Cloninger, wrote: “On behalf of Girl Scouts of United States of America, I send you our heartfelt congratulations on earning the Medal of Honor. We are Proud of you. Your extraordinary actions not only saved lives, but serve as a shining example for all Girl Scouts, everywhere. You have shown outstanding judgment and incredible courage in saving the life of your neighbor, Joni Wernlund. We commend you for your quick thinking.
“Girl Scouting helps girls develop skills to improve their own lives and the world around them. By saving lives, you are a living testament to the highest principles of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. You have truly made the world a better place.”

The Village Church of Baldwin makes plans, hosts meeting

The Village Church of Baldwin is hosting an informational meeting about its mission on Sunday, February 28 at the Baldwin American Legion Post at 6:30 p.m. “Our hope is to connect with people who haven’t found a church home in Baldwin, of which there are many,” said Pastor Stu Dix. He said refreshments will be served and every interested person is invited to attend.
Then, on Sunday, March 28, the church will hold its first service in Baldwin. The service will be held at the Baldwin-Woodville High School Performing Arts Center at 10:00 a.m.
The Village Church of Baldwin will be the fourth “plant” church of Faith Community Church of Hudson which has been the pattern over the years, according to Pastor Dix. Other “daughter plants” include: The River Church of River Falls; Faith Community Church of New Richmond; and The Bridge Bible Church in Somerset.
Pastor Dix said the process of planting a daughter church includes forming a launch team of committed, interested adults to work behind the scenes and “when the group grows enough to do a church.”
He said Baldwin will be the site of a daughter church both because there are a number of folks from this area who are members of the other churches and because Baldwin has grown so much in recent years and there are a number of people who haven’t found a church home.
Pastor Dix said the church is an evangelical church which leans toward a contemporary worship style.
Pastor Dix has pastored a church in the Great Lakes district in Darlington for many years before he spent the last three years as a denomoninational official traveling to various churches in a consulting role.

Donaldson Company wants Green Tier flag in Baldwin

The Donaldson Company – a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems and replacement parts – has applied to the state Department of Natural Resources to be accepted into Wisconsin’s innovative Green Tier program.
The DNR will accept public comment on the application through March 16.
Founded in 1915 and currently headquartered in Minneapolis, the Donaldson Company is a technology-driven firm with more than 11,000 employees world-wide. The Baldwin facility serves world-wide markets in agriculture, industry, construction, defense and both light and heavy transportation.
The Baldwin plant employs a certified environmental management system, called an EMS, that meets international ISO 14001 standards.
As part of a Green Tier operation, the skilled workers at Donaldson in Baldwin will bring environmentally minded quality control to every aspect of company business, from purchasing and packaging decisions to manufacturing processes. The company produces original equipment and aftermarket filtration systems and related parts and accessories. Products include air filters, air cleaners, hydraulic filters and exhaust systems.
Wisconsin’s Green Tier program encourages a collaborative approach to environmental performance between the DNR and Wisconsin businesses. Green Tier organizations exceed regulatory compliance and voluntarily commit to superior environmental performance.
Donaldson Company – Baldwin has established overarching goals and targets to increase recycling, remove mercury sources, eliminate solvents from the cleaning floor, improve chemical management and replace devices containing PCBs. The staff has also established ongoing efforts to reduce energy use.
An energy audit in 2008 resulted in the elimination of compressor leaks throughout the operation saving $12, 000 annually. The company has adopted ongoing training and employee involvement in a program that establishes priorities: “P-L-C = Prevent Pollution, Comply with Laws, Continuous Improvement.”
Specific information on this application and on the Green Tier program can be accessed on the Internet at:

From the Exchanges
Interesting Items from
Surrounding Communities

TRIBUNE PRESS REPORTER (GLENWOOD CITY): On December 31, 2009, Deputies from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the Village of Downing. It was reported that a male subject was found deceased at that residence. That male subject was identified as 37-year-old Adrian M. Albrecht. After further investigation it was determined that the death was suspicious in nature. Members of the Dunn County Sheriff’s Dept., West Central Drug Task Force and the Hennepin County Narcotics Unit conducted a joint investigation into the death. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner determined Albrectht died of “Heroin Toxicity.” Criminal Complaints and warrant were filed February 8 in Dunn County for 32-year-old Richard Roiz and 36-year-old Jessica Quirt. Roiz is currently incarcerated at the Hennepin County Work House. Quirt was arrested February 9 by the Hennepin County Narcotics Unit.

MONDOVI HERALD NEWS: An 81-year-old Fountain City man died in an air boat accident occurring on the main channel of the Mississippi River in Fountain City last week. The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department received the call at approximately 1:49 p.m. Friday, February 12. According to the sheriff’s report, Frank Wieczorek, 81, had been riding in an airboat over the ice with three other people when the boat suddenly sank to one side. Weiczorek had been sitting near the middle of the boat and apparently lost his balance, tripping on a piece of equipment and falling headfirst onto the ice. Wieczorek sustained a fatal head injury and was pronounced dead at the boat landing by the Buffalo County Coroner.

AMERY FREE PRESS: Saturday, February 6, Pap’s Store in rural Balsam Lake was robbed at gunpoint at around 7 p.m. by a person dressed in a camo mask and dark sunglasses, who left with an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register; the clerk thought the robber was in his late teens or early twenties. Wednesday, February 10 Jonzy’s Market, rural Balsam Lake, was robbed at gunpoint by a lone male armed with a long black gun and wearing a camo mask and other clothing similar to the earlier armed robbery.

NEW RICHMOND NEWS: After meeting in closed session to discuss New Richmond THRIVE, the charter school originally planned to open next year, board members voted to suspend the planning. There are several reasons for the suspension said Morrie Veilleux, district administrator. The difficult economic times, staffing issues and making sure there’s adequate space for the school were all issues the board felt were too difficult to complete in the short amount of time. Just because plans are on hold doesn’t mean the idea is finished, Veilleux said. The district will probably take a look at applying for a planning grant again in the 2010-11 school year, he said. The charter school was supposed to target students in need of an alternative learning environment and offer several project-based assignments. The plan was to open the school to students in grades seven through nine this fall. Projections showed between 74 and 90 students taking advantage of the charter school with four advisors. “The board feels it’s a good concept it’s just making it work,” Veilleux said. “It kind of was a cart before the horse kind of thing.”

HUDSON STAR OBSERVER: A 56-year-old Bayport, Minn., man was rescued from the frigid waters of the St. Croix River after his truck plunged through ice just north of the railroad swing bridge at Hudson early Saturday morning. Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies Shane Linehan and Tim Harris are said to have descended the steep, snow-covered bluff on the Minnesota side of the river and then walk 100 yards onto the ice to pull the man out of the water. He was clinging to the ice shelf when the deputies reached him, Patrol Division Commander Sheri Dexter said Tuesday morning. Dexter declined to identify the driver pending the outcome of blood tests she said the state of Minnesota is handling. The tests are to determine if the driver was under the influence of alcohol or some other substance. Dexter said the man could be charged with alcohol-related offences. He’ll also be responsible for the cost of retrieving his vehicle which is still at the bottom of the river.