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Members of the 229th Horizontal Engineer Company in Platteville began working to excavate 40-50 acres of Hatfield Lake Regional Park earlier this week. The project, which could save the city about $440,000 in excavation costs, is being used as part of the unit's training.

Work begins at Hatfield Park

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Work has begun at Hatfield Regional Park in New Richmond.

About 50 National Guard soldiers rolled into town on Sunday, June 5, to begin the next phase of development at the park.

Dave Mehls, site manager at Hatfield Park, said the Guard started their work at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. The first focus will be on the development of two additional soccer fields, just north of the existing fields. The unit is also digging retention ponds, Mehls said.

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Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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