The three sisters (L to R): Pam Hanson (The Honest One – “Weasel”), Paula Hampton (aka DUMMY) and Shelly Ninneman (“The Nice One”) who are going to Mexico soon on a medical journey. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
The three sisters (L to R): Pam Hanson (The Honest One – “Weasel”), Paula Hampton (aka DUMMY) and Shelly Ninneman (“The Nice One”) who are going to Mexico soon on a medical journey. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

SPRING VALLEY AND ELMWOOD, WI – 2019 is dawning and 2018 is passing into history, but before those past 12 months fade away completely from our collective memories let’s take this opportunity to look back at 2018 with a year in review of the news from the pages of the Sun-Argus newspapers starting with last January.

It was in the January 4, 2018 Sun-Argus that Ron Ginsbach reported about “Remembering Dr. Frank Springer - Memory Trees on Springer Ave! - Decorate trees in front of Elmwood clinic December and January” In this season of caring, giving, spirited reflection we have lost a member of the "Elmwood Family!" Dr. Frank Springer, a gifted healer and gentle counselor touched the lives of hundreds of families in Elmwood and surrounding communities.

Dr. Frank Springer was a very important part of the Elmwood community for several decades. An Elmwood native, his family was instrumental in the development of Elmwood and the health care of the region's citizens.  

With his children's blessings and in keeping with the season, some of us have decided to decorate three trees on Springer Ave. at the entrance of the clinic. It will be a visual way to memorialize Dr. Springer's contribution and dedication to our community.

In January 18, 2018 edition of the Sun-Argus we reported to you THE election results for the Special Election to fill the vacant 10th Senate District once held by Sheila Harsdorf; Democrat Patty Schachtner defeated Republican State Rep. Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake and Libertarian candidate Brian Corriea of Wilson.

Schachtner led by more than 1,600 votes. Schachtner, the St. Croix County medical examiner and a Somerset school board member, had entered the race in northwestern Wisconsin's traditionally conservative 10th Senate District as the clear underdog.

We reported to you in the February 1, 2018 Sun-Argus that the Paula Hampton benefit was a huge success at the Baldwin, Cave Dahl American Legion Post 240. Sister Shelly said, “We have no words… THANK YOU to everyone who donated, came and who helped. We have such a great family & just terrific community. Wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. So far have raised just over $45,000 of the $55,000! THANKS – LOVE DUMMY & FAMILY!”

In the February 8, Sun-Argus we gave the report of Roy Johnson's family making memorial improvements at SV Emergency Services Building.

Roy P. Johnson (November 30, 1935 – February 11, 2013) was a passionate man. Roy was passionate about many things in his life, certainly passionate about his family: wife Joann of 58 years, his five children Marsha, Greg, Joy, Gary, and Jeremy. He was passionate about his career as a union plasterer where his masterpiece was the restoration of the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. And he was passionate about being a Spring Valley firefighter.

Roy P. Johnson served the Spring Valley community as a fireman for 53 years. Roy was very proud of the Spring Valley Fire Department and he took all of the training offered and served many years as the Assistant Fire Chief.

Roy Johnson’s family wanted to honor that passion that Roy had for the Spring Valley Fire Department with a memorial gift in his honor with funds from Roy’s funeral memorials.

After discussions with the Village of Spring Valley it was agreed that the family would donate two things to the Spring Valley Emergency Area Services Building, which is the home of the Spring Valley Area Fire Department, the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Service and Spring Valley Public Works.

The two things that were donated by the Roy Johnson family were the new building signage lettering and a nice sitting bench at the front entryway that sits across the walk from and complements the one donated by former Fire Chief Terry Shafer’s family.

In the Thursday, March 1, 2018 edition of the Sun-Argus we reported to you, “Our 16th annual poker run in memory of Josh & Nikki was another success! We put a total of 111 miles on sleds from start to finish, making it to all 15 stops!” said Jason Lynum, organizer of the Annual Wildwood Poker Run.

The Wildwood Poker Run is an annual community snowmobile (or car depending on the weather and snow availability) ride fundraiser in loving memory of Josh Lynum and Nikki Nyquist who perished together in an accident over 16 years ago. "To know them is to love them; they are forever in our hearts," the event poster with their pictures has always declared. The money raised in this daylong fun event is donated to local EMS.

Jason Lynum concluded enthusiastically, “Thank you to all who donated, attended, and played! The grand total that will go to the Spring Valley Fire Department is...$836!”

In that same edition of the Sun -Argus for March 1, 2018 we brought you, Becky Baier’s “Elmwood Elementary School creates Winter Olympics in Elmwood” The Elmwood elementary students participated in their own version of the Winter Olympics. All the students, grades K-5, were assigned to countries led by different classroom teachers.

This Winter Olympics in Elmwood did spark interest in the kids to watch the Winter Olympics in South Korea.  In my particular class we discussed some of the events and athletes.  We watched Shawn White and other snowboarders' videos in class. 

The week ended with the championship hockey game followed by the closing ceremonies where the top three winners in each activity were awarded medals.   

Our students enjoyed participating in the Winter Olympics in Elmwood!

That takes us through the first three months of last year in the Sun-Argus and next week we will continue the Spring Valley/Elmwood 2018 Year in Review.