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These eight licensed to ham it up

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Ham Radio Class students: front, left to right: Zach Czech, George Diamond, Joe Reinemann, Carrie Falkner, Cody Smith, Pete Bremer, Justin Fritz. Instructors in back: left to right Ben Halberg, President of St. Croix Valley Radio Amateurs, Jason Winget, St. Croix County Emergency Coordinator, Dave Kaun, assistant EC.2 / 2

All eight students attending the St. Croix Valley Radio Amateurs licensing class in Baldwin on March 23-25 passed the exam. They have now received their call signs from the FCC, and are officially recognized to transmit. Ham radio operators enjoy a fun hobby, and many volunteer their services in disasters and emergencies, as back-up communications.

Phillip Schweitzer, Hudson, with assistants, conducted the tests following the March classes. John Kruk of Baldwin was chairman of the event. The graduates are: Terri Falkner and Pete Bremer of River Falls, David Twohy of St. Croix Falls, Justin Fritz and Zach Czech of Baldwin, George Diamond of Stanley, Cody Smith of Hudson, and Joe Reinemann of Minneapolis.

The class is offered to the public annually. For more information see