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Greg Hermansen, a water operator with the City of New Richmond, heats an underground water pipe in February. Municipal workers put in long hours to unfreeze pipes throughout the city this past winter. (Photo by Micheal Foley)

Tough winter tests Public Works resources

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Whether it was layers of snow and ice or extreme cold that caused frozen water pipes, this past winter was a miserable one for the City of New Richmond’s Public Works department and public utilities.


Public Works Director Jeremiah Wendt assumed his position in November and was immediately thrust into a difficult position by the severe winter.

“I think it’s the probably the worst — as far as temperatures and snow — really the worst winter in memory for most people,” Wendt said.

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Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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