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Editorial: Local graduate continues to improve at hospital

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New Richmond, 54017

New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

Hannah Amundson Pederson, the injured recent graduate from New Richmond High School, continues to make progress as she recuperates in an Eau Claire hospital.

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Her mother, Trish, continues to post regularly on the family's Caring Bridge website.

Over the weekend, Trish reported that Hannah continues to work hard in rehabilitation and shows signs of communicating and improved movement.

She said her daughter continues to answer questions by giving a thumbs up (for yes) and a covered thumb (for no) to questions.

Our thoughts and prayers continue for the family as they struggle through this challenging time.

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According to the recently released St. Croix County economic profile compiled by the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation, projections call for New Richmond's population to grow from its current 7,469 to 7,720 by 2010.

Estimates are that Somerset could reach a population of 2,231 by 2010, up from 2,188 presently. The guess is that Hammond might grow to 1,725 (1,650 presently) and Star Prairie 731 (up from 636.)

Hudson projections predict that community will grow from its present 11,353 to about 12,097.

Interestingly, Roberts is projected to drop in population, hitting 1,231 (1,323 at present).

The town of Star Prairie could see the biggest percentage increase over the next four years, according to the profile. The 2010 projection is a population of 3,925, up from the current 3,471 number.

The profile expects population declines in Hammond and Richmond townships over the next few years.

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The New Richmond National Guard unit celebrated its 56th anniversary on June 8.

The unit was once housed in an armory built for them in 1951, which is now part of the New Richmond Area YMCA.

There were 23 original members in the unit. Company B last fall returned home from an 18-month deployment to Iraq.

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This year's Air Show at the New Richmond airport promises to be every bit as fun as last year's rookie event.

Mark your calendars for June 24 and 25. The shows begin at noon on each day, with stunt plane performances to thrill young and old alike. A pancake breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. both days. A hangar dance and pork roast dinner are planned in conjunction with the show Saturday.

There will also be airplane displays, flight simulator rides and more for those in attendance.

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