St. Croix Falls city officials have many concerns for the commercial areas between 220th Street and Glacier Drive that are north of Highway 8.
With movie theaters, a supermarket, a financial institution, multiple restaurants and other buildings within that district, high amounts of traffic go through the area daily.
In addition, with other land parcels still open for development there near the highway, city officials are interested in improving access to all lots while also easing congestion on Glacier Drive that separates those lots from Walmart and other properties to the east.
Tasked with designing a potential frontage road that could be built and maintained by the city, engineer Jon Herdegen from MSA Professional Services brought some drawings to St. Croix Falls planning commissioners at their meeting March 19.
Through a first phase for a possible frontage road project, MSA has proposed the city could establish a street going west from Glacier between the Subway and Dairy Queen restaurant lots.
Traffic commonly may turn there off of Glacier to visit the Falls Cinema theaters or other businesses, but it is not as of yet a city street. Mayor Brian Blesi said Monday that many citizens have expressed concern over the city not fixing potholes in that area; road maintenance there is out of the city’s jurisdiction, he repeated.
A proposed frontage road could curve north and to the west of the cinema and Tractor Supply parking lot and then west toward 220th Street along the back wall of the supermarket. Herdegen said the city could also extend a frontage road south toward Highway 8 between the supermarket and bank parking lots. Like the drive between Subway and Dairy Queen, that exit point onto westbound Highway 8 is not now an official city street.
Thursday morning marked the fourth year of tapping the maple trees on Park Avenue in Luck, a joint effort of the Morley’s (of Morley’s Maple Syrup fame) and Luck students. There weren’t as many students participating this year, which High School Principal Brad Werner said was because Educator Renee Gavinski was out with the flu, so her class wasn’t present either.
John Morley Jr. was also otherwise engaged, so his father, John Morley Sr. was the head man with the plan (helped out by Kevin, Roger and Peg, et al).
The senior Morley graciously answered several questions and the photo op quickly turned into a lesson. For starters, since this was year four, before any of the trees were tapped this year – the three prior tap locations on the tree had to be located. This is because the next tap is required to be a good-sized hand span from each of the prior three taps. The whole idea is to properly preserve and protect the tree for future sap harvesting.
Saints student lifts herself to national competition
By Paul Rignell
St. Croix Falls sophomore Jordan Braund has put her school and community on the map for another reason this March after competing in the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association championships last weekend.
Her accomplishments this season have also qualified her for the year’s national meet March 23, and she will not need to leave the state as nationals this year are in Appleton.
Braund placed fourth among more than 12 female competitors in the 63 kg weight class during the two-day state event at Mauston (near Wisconsin Dells). The state meet drew more than 500 male and female powerlifting students all together.
The metric 63 kg equals about 138.9 pounds. Students in that class must weigh below that amount to compete at 63 kg, and they must successfully lift 565 pounds through a squat press, bench press and dead lift at a WHSPA regional competition to earn an invite for the state meet.
Unity District Administrator Brandon Robinson addressed the school board at their regular meeting on Tuesday night. He spoke first about all the programming coming up for the Unity Student and Community Program Series – “Bridging School and Community – Mental Health Awareness.