The Woodville Syttende Mai Royalty posing with the St Paul Vulcans in Hudson. Submitted photo
The Woodville Syttende Mai Royalty posing with the St Paul Vulcans in Hudson. Submitted photo

WOODVILLE, WI – What a year 2018 was. It has ended and at the Woodville Leader/Gateway News we continue to look back on the pages of your hometown newspaper and recall some of the highlights of the past year.

Locally in Woodville and the surrounding community there was also much that occurred in 2018 and the Woodville Leader was honored to inform you about it.

Let’s again resume our look back over 2018 with our annual “Year in Review.”

In the July 5, 2018 edition of the Woodville Leader S. Mark Tyler, OEM Fabricators President reported to you with a “Follow-up on landmark gathering of STEM leaders at White House - Four Wisconsin representatives attend with 150 from across the nation.”

I wanted to provide some follow up to the White House State Federal STEM Summit that I attended on the 25th and 26th of June. The intent of the Summit was to gain input from State, Territory, and Tribal leaders that work in STEM education to provide direction to the federal government on where investments in STEM would be most beneficial. Nearly all states and territories were present, which from what we were told is unprecedented. There were about 150 participants plus many more federal officials from the White House, The National Science Foundation, NASA, The Smithsonian, and others.

Mark Tyler had commented previously that, “STEM education is the underpinning for many of the careers that will drive our economy into the future. It’s critical that Federal and State Policy are aligned to gain the highest benefit of investments in STEM.”

In July 12 edition of the Woodville Leader you learned that “Two B-W Fastpitch teams receive prestigious Youth 1st Team Award -10U and 12U Softball teams recognized for outstanding” The Baldwin-Woodville 10U and 12U Softball teams have been selected by the Lakeville Fastpitch Softball Association in partnership with Youth 1st, along with several busi­ness sponsors and the Minnesota Twins Community Fund as the recip­ient of a Youth 1st Team Award for their outstanding sportsmanship during the 2018 Lakeville Classic Tournament.

The Baldwin-Woodville 10U and 12U Softball teams are members of the Baldwin-Woodville Youth Ball Association. The Youth 1st Team Award recognizes positive behavior from players, coaches and every­one associated with the team (par­ents, fans and spectators). “We are placing the emphasis on how you play the game, which is ultimately more important than if you win or lose,” said Mark Arjes, Founder/Director of Youth 1st.

We also reported to you in that same July 12, 2018 Woodville Leader, from the Syttende Mai Royalty in their “Queen’s Corner - Syttende Mai Court visits Hudson & Balsam Lake.” They just finished up an amazing two weekends at the Hudson Booster Days and the Balsam Lake Freedom Fest.

On June 30th we were at the Hudson Booster Days. We enjoyed a lovely Queens Tea with good food and got to socialize with neighboring royalty. We also ran into the Vulcans and got a picture with them. Your 2018-2019 Syttende Mai Court, Amber DeLong Queen, Libby Whirry 1st Princess, and Abbie DeLong 2nd Princess.

It was in the August 9, 2018 edition of the Woodville Leader where you learned that “Ground broken in Woodville for Park View Heights twin homes” The ground was broken on an exciting new project in Woodville on Thursday, July 26, 2018. The ground was broken for Park View Heights twin homes on one of five lots owned by Park View Community Campus.

Park View’s Administrator Melissa Walthall said prior to the groundbreaking ceremony, “Park View is excited to announce we will be expanding our campus to now include twin homes.” Walthall continued, “Park View Heights will be built on the lots we purchased on Norske Drive here in Woodville.  We will build one twin home (2 sides to rent) at this time with anticipation to continuing building these as the need presents itself. We have the land to purchase five units.  These homes will feature 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, open floor concept, in-floor heat and a garage.  These will be rental properties with Park View taking care of the lawn and snow removal.”

This reporter covered the ground breaking for Park View Heights and noted what a nice setting this is for this project with trees behind the lots and that it is in a quiet residential area. It is on Norske Drive, which is one block north of the old Viking School site in the eastern portion of the Village of Woodville.

Pictured at the ground-breaking left to right are: Woodville Village President Steve Gossel, Citizens State Bank Vice President Sue Lund, Park View Board Director Sue Stene, Park View Administrator Melissa Walthall, Park View Board Vice President Larry Knegendorf, Chris Britton and Tim Rens of Leaf Custom Homes, LLC. Not pictured are Board President, Greg Luecke, Treasurer, Greg Jacobson and Board Director, Jason Nilssen.

“The vision is now a reality,” said a smiling Melissa Walthall.

That now takes us through August of last year in the Woodville Leader and next week we will continue the Woodville 2018 Year in Review.