The Civic Auditorium still stands, though its eventual fate is unknown.
So many people over so many years have remained committed to the project that being forgotten out of existence seems unlikely, though some would wish for its ultimate end.
At their meeting on Dec. 3, members of the St. Croix Falls City Council refused to give any approval on the proposed path forward, save Alderman Kirk Anderson who as served as the council liaison to the Centennial Committee.
Although it has been stated in numerous articles, there is still some confusion on the part of the public as to the Civic Auditorium and the Festival Theatre. Even residents who know better have used the terms interchangeably.
The Civic Auditorium is the actual building which is owned by the City of St. Croix Falls. The Festival Theatre is an incorporation of people that put on shows.
For a number of years, the Festival Theatre was the primary tenant of the Civic Auditorium.
The agreement that existed between the Festival Theatre and the City was terminated a short time ago, but that was an expected result of the work that has been done by the Centennial Committee.
Some members of the city council wish to divest themselves of the property completely and sell it to a private developer.
Some members of the council would prefer to cash the TIF in early in 2019 and add the one time $500,000 payment to their general fund.
The council was asked to adopt the “path forward” and the conceptual business plan that had been put forward by the Centennial Committee.
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Safety upgrades for cop shop
By Lynda Berg Olds
Shaun Thayer, Milltown's Chief of Police, has been carefully examining his department's budget, which has a surplus of funds as some positions have not been filled. He presented a compelling list to village trustees at their regular meeting on Monday night.
“In crunching the 2018 numbers, it has been determined that there are a lot of funds left on the table from 2018 because of staff turnover and not filling part-time shifts – and not filling a full-time position. As of the beginning of the month we are pushing about $18,000.”
Thayer distributed his list to the trustees of how he thought the funds should be allocated. The first of the items was two new portable radios at a cost of $1,834.
“We have three now, but two of them act up a little bit – but it is hard to send any in to have them repaired. You should send them in every two years to have buttons and dials replaced, maybe about $100 worth of maintenance. It is hard to not have them for a week or two if we don't have backups.”
Next were two new handheld radar units at a cost of about $3,000.
“The two we have now are probably about 15 to 20 years old. They are old and have to be serviced every year. These are upgrades and one of them has a mount, so in my car there will be a mount on the dash, as my car does not have moving radar and this hand held has a snap-in where essentially it will be a moving radar unit as well.”
The cost of the new radar units came in at $3,034.
Thayer moved on to Tasers, noting they need two new ones. The units are the Axon X26P model and they come with 50 – 25-foot cartridges.
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Bears take a bite out of the Eagle girls
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
Tuesday night, the Unity Eagles Girls Basketball Team hosted the Clayton Bears for some intense basketball action.
The Eagle girls played aggressively throughout the game, but let too many opportunities to shut the Bears down to slip past them.
Raegen Sorenson led the scoring in the first half with nine points, including one three-pointer. Sierra Swanson, Madison Strange and Myah Nelson each contributed four points.
Clayton on the other hand was hard charging scoring 33 points compared to the 23 Unity held.
Clayton's Kennedy Patrick led her team in scoring in the first half of the game with three three-pointers and two two-pointers in the second half. Kaley Ketz took over that role for the Bears in the second half scoring four three-pointers.
As a matter of fact it seemed like most of the Bears felt comfortable in taking three-point shots. Their players made 17 three-point shots during the game. Unity had two.
The final score of the game 68-44, Clayton.
The Eagle girls will next take on St. Croix Falls in a doubleheader on Thursday. It will also be parents night. Before the game fans can stop in to indulge in a Spaghetti Supper from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Unity “exceeding expectations”
By Lynda Berg Olds
“I am going to lead with the district and school report cards,” stated Unity District Administrator Brandon Robinson at Tuesday night's meeting of the school board. “We did exceed expectations with our district report card and are very excited about that.”
Robinson went on to say that he very much appreciates all the hard work that the staff has put in - “to make sure that we are providing the best quality services that we can for our students.”
“Our programming is second to none,” effused Robinson. “There's just a lot of great things going on in our School District and we are constantly trying to improve and we have an eye toward improvement. I think it is great to work with administrators and educators that are really always, constantly focusing on doing things better...
“...We are really proud of where we are now and feel good about where we are heading in the future to provide the best possible education for our students.”
Robinson cautioned that there is a whole bunch of data in these reports.
“It is in an algorithm, but there are certainly things you can pick out of it. I added the caution as you look at district report cards because there is so much information there. So if you have questions about a component, ask a principal or myself. There are things we can share with you about what a number means, what the data means and how it compares to last year and how we have improved.”