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Former St. Norbert president Christin dies at 91

Robert Christin, who served as the third president at St. Norbert College in De Pere, died March 25 in Massachusetts at the age of 91.

A Detroit native, Christin was St. Norbert's president from 1969 to 1973.

He worked at the college during a time of financial difficulties, according to university archives. He implemented the course system and the academic divisional structure.

"We are saddened to hear of the passing of former St. Norbert College president Robert Christin," said the Rev. Jay Fostner, St. Norbert's vice president for mission and student affairs. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time. The college appreciates Mr. Christin's leadership and dedication during his years as president at St. Norbert."

After his time in De Pere, Christin worked in administrative and academic roles at several colleges before his retirement from Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y., in 1988. He spent his final years in Waltham, Mass.

Lasee pushes for bill for those harmed by wind turbines

State Sen. Frank Lasee is working on legislation that would make it easier for people who say they have been harmed by industrial wind turbines to sue for damages.

The bill being crafted by the Ledgeview Republican would allow anyone harmed by industrial wind turbines to sue the owner of the turbine and the owner of the land where the turbine is located. They could seek damages for loss of property value, cost of moving, medical expenses, pain and suffering, attorney's fees and any other loss as a result of an industrial wind turbine too close to their home or property.

The senator is specifically concerned with the effects of the Shirley Wind Farm in Glenmore in southern Brown County, where residents have complained about ear infections, heart palpitations, muscle and joint pain, malaise and several other symptoms. Approximately 50 individuals have submitted affidavits to the Public Service Commission describing those symptoms.

Rob Kovach, a spokesman for Lasee, said no one is currently pursuing legal action, but the senator has worked closely with three families who have left their homes in Glenmore as a result of poor health they say were caused by low frequency noise generated by the turbines.

"They could (sue) before, but this is more specific ... saying the thing was sited legally is not a defense," Kovach said.

If Lasee's bill becomes law, people who pursue legal action still will need to prove that the wind turbines caused their health problems, said Katie Nekola, general counsel for Clean Wisconsin, an environmental group that advocates clean energy options, including wind turbines.

Public hearing Monday on state budget plan

The state Legislature's Joint Finance Committee will hold one of its four public hearings on Gov. Scott Walker's executive budget starting at 10 a.m. Monday, April 8, in the Legends Club Room at Lambeau Field Atrium, 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay.

Those interested in voicing their opinions about Walker's budget proposals are encouraged to attend.

After the last public hearing April 18 in Baldwin, the Joint Finance Committee will return to Madison and start making revisions to the budget before it's sent to the full Legislature for a vote.

Local band to compete in Launchpad regional

A group of students from the De Pere area is among 10 garage bands that will compete in the Wisconsin School Music Association's Launchpad regional event at Chilton High School on Friday, April 5.

The alternative music competition for high school students will start at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students and $3 for children 10 and younger.

Students from West De Pere High School and Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton are part of the rock band Syrinx.

The top three bands in each of four regional competitions in Wisconsin will advance to the state finals, along with a "wild card" band selected from all Launchpad entries. The state event will be June 8 in Madison.

Globetrotting Friday at St. Norbert College

St. Norbert College in De Pere will host Globetrotting Friday, a virtual around-the-world program for middle school students, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 12.

Students ages 11 to 14 will participate in foreign-language and culture workshops taught by experienced educators and St. Norbert students.

The class size is limited to 30 students. The program is designed for homeschool students and school field trips.

The event cost is $20 per student, which includes lunch. For more information or to register, go to

Exceptional Equestrians benefit set for April 26

A Casino Royale Night benefit for the De Pere-based Exceptional Equestrians nonprofit program will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 26, in the Michels Commons ballroom at St. Norbert College, 409 Third St., De Pere.

The event will include cocktails, entertainment, a live auction, a Golden Ticket drawing, prize packages, raffles and high-stakes, low-risk gambling.

Exceptional Equestrians provides hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback-riding services to Northeastern Wisconsin children with developmental delays and disabilities.

Tickets for Casino Royale Night are $100 each or $1,200 for a corporate table of eight, which includes complimentary cocktails and chocolates.

Advance tickets are required and can be purchased by calling (920) 339-0700. All reservations are due by Friday, April 12.

For more information about Exceptional Equestrians and Casino Royale Night, go to or visit the "Exceptional Equestrians Company" Facebook page.

Hydrant flushing in De Pere from April 15-19

De Pere residents are being advised the city's Water Department will flush fire hydrants from Monday, April 15, through Friday, April 19.

The hydrant flush will be done in different sections of the city each day.

Residents in some neighborhoods may notice a temporary discoloration in their water during these time periods.

The discolored water will be safe for drinking, cooking and bathing but could stain laundry. Residents should check the color of their water during this time to prevent the staining from occurring.

The hydrant flushing is done twice a year to purge rust and particles that can accumulate in water mains.

Decorations to be removed at cemetery

Officials with Mount Calvary Cemetery in De Pere request that any decorations on stones and monuments in the cemetery be removed by Wednesday, April 10, before the annual spring cleanup begins.

The cemetery is located at 1100 W. Main Ave.

Any items left after April 10 that are faded, unsightly or frozen will be removed by the cleanup crew.

New decorations should hang or be attached to the monuments. For those who have pots, vases or urns that will be continued to use, they should be placed on a cement base located to the right or left of the monument and adjacent to the stone.

For more information about the cemetery rules and regulations, call (920) 336-6586.

Tree seedlings available from Brown County

The Brown County Land and Water Conservation Department is accepting orders for evergreen, hardwood and shrub seedlings.

All seedlings are bare root and sold in bundles of 25.

Order forms with a complete description of the tree and pricing are available from the county department by calling (920) 391-4620 or online at All trees are limited in quantity and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The trees will be available for pick-up Thursday, April 18.

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