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  • Thrift store holds annual customer appreciation day
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:22 AM
    St. Germain United Church of Christ Thrift Shop held its annual Christmas holiday customer appreciation Dec. 9. The shop helps to reduce the congregation’s debt as well as to be a service to the local community.

    During the event, Santa greeted parents and children, Doug “Wolfman” and his wife Joyce Knapp entertained with Christmas karaoke while volunteers served cookies and beverages.

    Customers benefit from the thrift store’s inexpensive household items as well as clothing, fabrics, holiday decorations and furniture, and volunteers achieve their mission of
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Tuesday, December 5, 2017 11:54 AM
    Members of the St. Germain Lioness Club brought Breakfast with Santa to life this year. Club members provided a variety of holiday-related activities for children and parents to enjoy together, including a pine cone station where children created bird feeders with pine cones and peanut butter, a photo table where children could get their photo taken inside the frame, Christmas cookie decorating, face painting and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. —Photos By Wally Geist
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 11:53 AM
    The Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club will honor Don Schulpius, its first club president, at a dinner reception Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Whitetail Inn in St. Germain.

    Schulpius was the first president of the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club when it began in 1969. He and his wife Harriet will be the special guests at the club’s Christmas dinner. All are invited to attend.

    For more information or to make reservations, call Kay Schultz at (715) 542-3912.
  • Snomo tractor
    Tuesday, December 5, 2017 11:52 AM
    Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club trail boss Jim Wendt (left) and club President Tom Nampel recently took delivery of a new tractor to help maintain trails. —Contributed Photo
  • Tree lighting, parade brighten downtown
    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 11:34 AM
    Attendance for the holiday parade held last weekend in St. Germain turned out to be one of the busiest times since Independence Day for the downtown area. Chamber personnel said that this was the most well-attended of the winter parades. 

    Volunteers spent hours decorating and preparing for the event. Firefighters used the day to decorate their trucks for the parade, put the finishing touches on Santa’s reindeer-drawn throne, and prepare hot chocolate and cookies for children and adults to enjoy at the tree lighting ceremony in the evening. 

    Participants gathered for the Jingle Bell 3K Run/Walk while shoppers visited St. Germain businesses during the day, and then crowds lined the parade route that started at
  • Thrift shop helps support cancer patients
    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 11:33 AM
    A donation of $235 to the Northwoods Cancer Care Fund, operated by Marshfield Clinic’s Health System Foundation, took place Nov. 20. The fund provides cancer patients with items to help make life more comfortable.

    The fund provides resources for wigs, cosmetics, educational material, books and other things not covered by insurance that enhance the quality of life. 

    Manager of annual giving Rikki Starich stopped at the St. Germain Community United Church of Christ Thrift Shop to receive the donation and express her personal appreciation to the staff for the gift. 

    The donation was made possible by
  • Proceeds awarded to children’s groups
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:31 AM
    Lois Ruediger, organizer of the Independence Day and Holiday Bazaar craft fairs that are held annually in St. Germain, distributed proceeds of $2,500 among five groups in St. Germain. The groups support work among children and teens in the area.

    Principal Tony Duffek received checks on behalf of two groups associated with St. Germain Elementary School. Mission Possible, the grade school running club, and the All American Kids Club each received a portion of the craft fair proceeds.

    Sue Wirth received a donation on behalf of Girl Scout Troop 7061, while Rene Hyrczyk represented Boy Scout Troop 645 and accepted the donation on its behalf. St. Germain Evangelical Free Church will also
  • Thrift store donates proceeds, plans customer holiday party
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:30 AM
    Ellyn Dahnke, a volunteer at Community United Church of Christ (CUCC) Thrift Shop in St. Germain, recently presented a $400 check to Randi Danner, a representative of Seasons of Life hospice house in Woodruff. The thrift store raised $200 in funds through the counter donation jar placed by customers as they checked out merchandise, and that amount was then matched by the thrift store.
    Volunteers at the store are also planning a Christmas Holiday Customer Appreciation event Saturday, Dec. 9, during regular business hours.
    Customers will be offered hot chocolate in gift mugs, made possible by store proceeds, and Santa will join the volunteers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday music will
  • Plum Lake Public Library installs new electronic sign
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:29 AM
    Plum Lake Public Library in Sayner recently upgraded to a new electronic sign after a windstorm demolished the old sign six months ago. The new sign is full-color LED and set in a rustic timber frame. 

    The sign was donated by the Schnettler family in memory of their parents, Betty and Bob Schnettler. Betty was a strong supporter of the library from the 1980s to 2000. In 1988, Betty donated $8,200 for the land that is the current site of the library. 

    Jim Schnettler, Betty and Bob’s son, along with his wife, Phyllis, and the help of Jim’s brothers, Bob Jr. and Michael, helped offset the financial cost of the new sign and frame. In designing a new sign, Jim and Phyllis worked with
  • Firefighter appreciation
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:28 AM
    Members of the All American Kids Club of St. Germain, from left, Everett Chuckel, Nate Stoltman, Tim Stoltman, adviser Nanci Foster and Avery Renkes place tokens of appreciation in each firefighter’s locker at St. Germain Fire and Rescue Station. Members are also tasked with sending letters and holiday greetings to active duty military personnel and veterans, and recognizing local heroes. The club was created in 2012 by the Northland Pines School District to instill a sense of pride and patriotism in its students and is open to all elementary students in the district. Clubs are available in Eagle River, St. Germain and Land O’ Lakes Elementary Schools. Students meet after school and are supported by donations. For more information, contact Nanci Foster at the St. Germain Elementary School. —Photo By Wally Geist
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