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Kiwanis charter members 20 years ago who attended the birthday celebration Thursday. From left to right are Char Magee, John Carlson, Mavis Melstrom, Carroll Lehman, Kris Sampson and Sue Curtis.4 / 5
Dave Roehl, who helped established the Kiwanis club 20 years ago, came back and spoke Thursday about getting the club started. -- Photos by Jason Schulte5 / 5

PRESCOTT--Dave Roehl came to Prescott with the goal of starting a church.

While that church is no longer in existence, Roehl's other project which he started when he called Prescott home is still going strong.

The St. Croix Valley Kiwanis celebrated its 20th birthday Thursday and Roehl, who now lives in North Dakota, was the guest speaker, recalling stories about launching the club.

"Prescott had no Lions, no Rotary," he remembered. "We needed a service club in town."

Roehl, who belonged to Kiwanis in his previous stops before coming to Prescott, had a plan of attack.

"I was targeting people from different venues," he said. "Who do we want in our club?"

Eventually, 22 other people besides Roehl said yes, and five members (John Carlson, Carroll Lehman, Mavis Melstrom, Char Magee and Michael Toninato) are still members today.

For more please read the April 10 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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