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NR council member resigns

A tearful Mary Kay Rice resigned from her District 3 New Richmond City Council seat at the conclusion of the regular meeting Monday.

The resignation is effective Dec. 31. Mayor David Schnitzler will be searching for a replacement for Rice, whose term runs through April 2007.

Anyone from the city's third district who is interested in being appointed to the council should contact Schnitzler.


months of contemplation, I have reached the extremely difficult decision to step down as a member of the New Richmond City Council," she said.

Rice called her role as council person "extremely demanding" with meetings several nights per week.

Rice, who is an emergency medical services instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and a member of the New Richmond EMT service, said the demands on her time have been too much.

"The combination of the increasing workload and added demands that come with it led me to this difficult decision," she said. "I love the job, but my body doesn't."

Rice thanked the voters of District 3 who elected her to the council. She also said she enjoyed working with her fellow council members for the past two and a half years.

"It's been a pleasure to work with you," she said.

Schnitzler praised Rice for her dedication to the city and wished her well in the future.

"I, as mayor of New Richmond, have been very delighted to work with you," he said. "I will miss you."

Schnitzler left his chair to give Rice a hug, as she unsuccessfully fought back tears.

Council members and city staff members also expressed their best wishes for Rice.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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