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Andersons win 2016 Kiwanis lighting contest

An overview of the first place-winning Christmas light display at the residence of Earl and Mary Anderson of New Richmond.1 / 2
The Earl and Mary Anderson residence was selected as the first place winner in the 2016 Kiwanis Club's annual Christmas lighting contest in New Richmond. The Andersons' display features a number of religious and traditional images featured throughout their yard located at 1463 Wood Duck Lane. (Photo by Raymond T. Rivard)2 / 2

New Richmond

The New Richmond Kiwanis Club members were out last Tuesday, Dec. 13, determining the winners of this year's annual Christmas lighting contest.

The judges traveled the streets of New Richmond that evening looking at homes which have special Christmas lighting displays.

Their top picks for 2016 are as follows:

• First place — Earl and Mary Anderson, 1463 Wood Duck Lane;

• Second place — Allen and Lori Patraw, 948 Jefferson St.;

• Third place — Jon and Mary Hailey, 112 Dakota Ave.; and

• Fourth place — Bradley and Denise Renspe, 535 Grand Ave.

Honorable mentions...

• 315 Greaton;

• 646 Sycamore; and

• 1914 W. 7th St

The New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce awarded gift certificates to first place ($150), second place ($100), third place ($75) and fourth place ($50).

The annual lighting contest is designed to encourage more lighting of homes to beautify the city during the holiday season.

Judging is done by considering the amount of work needed to make an attractive display, originality, creative message and keeping with the Christmas message.

Only homes within the city limits of New Richmond were eligible for judging.