Spotlighting Somerset & transitions at NR News

The New Richmond Newspaper is going through some staffing transitions but the small newspaper has heard our requests for more positive and relevant stories about the Somerset community besides sports and schools.  But, because it's impossible to be two places at once the Somerset Chamber of Commerce will try to help them out by sending them more stories as we hear about the great things happening in Somerset!  We're hopeful and excited about this new collaborative relationship!

YOU can help too!

Please help us help them spotlight the Somerset community a little more by contacting NR News with positive stories, events, activities and people you hear about in our community!

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Jerrick Joins FNCB as VP @ Hudson, WI

First National Community Bank is proud to announce the addition of Chuck Jerrick to their Commercial Lending team as Vice President in their Hudson, WI office.

Chuck brings a wealth of industry knowledge in all aspects of finance with more than 16 years of banking experience in the St. Croix Valley.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud University and is very active in the Hudson community where he serves on the board of directors for the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation, the Hudson Hospital Foundation, and Junior Achievement.   Chuck resides in Hudson with his wife and 4 children and enjoys golfing, fishing, and coaching his kids sporting teams in his free time.

Please join First National Community Bank is welcoming Chuck to our banking family!

New State Law Prohibits Hands On Cell Phone Use in Construction Zones

Starting October 1st legislation will go into effect in Wisconsin that means you can no longer be on your cell phone with your hands when driving through a construction zone. We want to make sure that our construction workers who are out there working day and night are safe and you can help by giving them not only a “brake” but by also doing some heads up driving that is cell phone hands free!

Starting Oct. 1, 2016, it will be illegal to talk on a handheld mobile device while driving in a Wisconsin road work zone.

View 2015 Wisconsin Act 308

The law is part of ongoing efforts to reduce distracted driving and increase safety for motorists and workers throughout the state. Drivers caught in violation face fines of up to $40 on first offense and $100 for subsequent offenses. Following the law is simple. Just remember: Orange cones – Put down the phones!

Why is Wisconsin doing this?

Mobile devices continue to be a leading cause of distracted driving throughout the United States. Given that Wisconsin sees an average of nearly 2,000 work zone crashes annually, the new law is a proactive step toward increasing safety and helping to ensure that drivers are giving as much of their attention as possible to the road. Wisconsin is one of 14 states with a full or partial ban on hand-held mobile devices while driving, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

What about hands-free devices?

Hands-free and Bluetooth devices are granted exemptions and remain legal to use. However, some studies are beginning to show that even hands-free devices can take a driver’s attention off the road.

Please take this into consideration and always drive safely.

What about emergencies?

The law grants an exception for drivers to use a hand-held mobile device if dialing 911.

What about texting?

Wisconsin continues to have zero tolerance for texting while driving. Wisconsin law forbids driving any motor vehicle while composing or sending an electronic text message or an electronic mail message.

Driving Deserves Undivided Attention

Hand-held mobile device use is one of the most common factors in distracted driving.

  • Mobile device use is a factor in one in four crashes nationwide.
  • In 2014, there were 22,194 car crashes related to distracted driving in Wisconsin – that’s one crash every 20 minutes.
  • In 2015, there were 24,089 inattentive driving crashes, resulting in 10,640 injuries and 103 fatalities.
  • At any given daylight moment in America, an estimated 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.

Avoid the Risk. Stay Safe!

  • Turn your phone off or switch to silent mode whenever you get behind the wheel. It can wait.
  • If you are making a long drive, consider recording a voice mail message saying how long you’ll be unavailable.
  • If you must use a phone while driving, stop in a safe area such as a wayside or gas station.
  • Ask passengers to lend a hand by making phone calls for you.
  • Passengers – speak up and ask distracted drivers to stay alert.
  • Parents – Talk to your kids about the dangers of distracted driving.



WESTConsin Credit Union goes Casual for Kids

WESTERN WI—During the month of September, WESTconsin Credit Union is going casual for kids in support of its local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals—Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and Gundersen Health System! For a $5 donation per day, employees may wear jeans to work on September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. This is the second year WESTconsin is participating in the Miracle Jeans Day Campaign. Members are invited to show their support of CMN Hospitals by purchasing varying sizes of paper icons for $1, $3 or $5 at their local WESTconsin office, where the icons will be proudly displayed.WESTconsin’s goal is to raise $10,000 for CMN Hospitals.

There are more than 170 CMN Hospitals throughout the United States and Canada that all share the same mission—to treat the whole child and provide care regardless of the family's ability to pay. Every charitable donation received directly assists children and their families, and supports pediatric programs, state-of-the-art medical equipment and services that help kids battle diseases and injuries of every kind.

At Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN—one of two CMN Hospitals WESTconsin supports within its field of membership—funds are used for state-of-the-art treatments and vital services for kids with the most complex needs in pediatric medicine. It also funds care for patients who are uninsured or under-insured, ensuring Gillette will never turn a child away because of a family’s inability to pay for treatment. In 2015, over 1,000 children from western Wisconsin received treatment from Gillette. For more information about Gillette, visit

CMN Hospitals at Gundersen Health System is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children living in the Tri-state Region regardless of where they receive their healthcare. Funds are additionally used to meet the individual healthcare needs of local children and their families. Supported items include transportation assistance, medical equipment, specialty camps and many more patient specific needs. In 2015, 96 families within WESTconsin’s field of membership were helped with more than $27,000 in funding from CMN Hospitals. An additional 5,074 individuals living throughout the Tri-state Region benefited from CMN Hospitals’ services and care. For more information about CMN Hospitals at Gundersen Health System, visit

WESTconsin Credit Union has been serving members since 1939, and membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the Wisconsin counties of Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix,...


We first met the crew of River Valley Catering when we hired them to cater the Somerset Chamber's 1st Annual Excellence in Business Awards Dinner & Gala...and it was a DELICIOUS experience to say the least!  Their crew was creative, generous, efficient and served some of the best food our guests have ever had!  CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishment!  We couldn't be prouder of you all!