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There was a changing of the guard at a special meeting of the New Richmond City Council April 21. Alderman Jim Johnston served one final meeting in his official capacity as Second District's representative. Newly elected Kirk Van Blaircom was eventually sworn in, along with re-elected council member Fred Horne. Prior to Johnston's departure, the council voted unanimously to end discussions with the owner of a building at 750 N. Knowles Ave.
In a continuing effort to encourage more regular testing of well water in St. Croix County, the Land and Water Conservation Office has been working with Town of Emerald residents over the past few months. A total of 39 residents volunteered to have their well water tested in the recent program.
Families trying to care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease could be in for some disappointing news. Funding for Wisconsin's Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Support Program is on the budget chopping block and program advocates are scrambling to save the important services. Since 1984, the state has provided up to $2,000 per family for services such as respite care, housekeeping, transportation and nursing. The funding is viewed as a way for Alzheimer's patients and those with other forms of dementia to avoid or delay having to move into a nursing home. St.
When Paul Mayer received an early morning e-mail a few weeks back, his eyes opened wide. He'd just hit pay dirt. Fourteen large-format pictures of damage from New Richmond's cyclone in 1899 were up for sale and he was a willing buyer. "Someone from Indiana or Ohio were selling them," Mayer said. "How they got them, who knows." Fifteen bidders showed an interest in the find.
New Richmond area businesses want you to give them a try. The New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a new shop local campaign, titled New Richmond First.
Two prospective industries for New Richmond have expressed an interest in having railroad service to their proposed new buildings. The only trouble is that constructing a railroad spur to service new businesses is an expensive proposition and city officials don't know where the money would come from. The Economic Development Commission discussed the issue at its regular meeting April 9. Robert Barbian, director of planning and community development for New Richmond, said the city is studying two potential sites for a new industrial park served by rail.
The National Guard Armory in New Richmond is getting an upgrade thanks to the federal economic stimulus package. Thanks to the influx of money, the local facility is in line to receive a new boiler at a cost of about $128,000. According to Col. Jeffrey Liethen, director of Installations Management for the Wisconsin Army National Guard, the boiler replacement received funding because it will improve the efficiency of heating the building. "The Army National Guard's priority for federal stimulus projects is focused on projects that will improve energy efficiency," he said.
New Richmond officials are hopeful that federal stimulus money will be made available for several local projects. Two projects have a decent chance of gaining support, according to Robert Barbian, the city's director of planning and community development. In a report to the New Richmond City Council Monday night, Barbian said the community has applied for monies to help with the reconstruction of North Fourth Street from Highway 64 to 65. The 4,000-foot project carries a $985,000 price tag for road work and $453,000 for related utility work. Another project is the extension of the city's t
Get ready to be wowed. The fourth annual Art & Culinary Show will feature fine art, fine food, fine wine, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and more on Sunday, April 19. The event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Richmond, runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Even though the price may seem high, especially in tough economic times, organizer Jo Wrich said ticket buyers get a great value from the price. "It's such a unique experience," she said.
They are outsiders whose time at the St. Croix Health Center's nursing home is winding down. But interim Administrator Dennis Reiman and Director of Nursing Connie Sarauer, both employees of Pathways Health Services hired by the county to operate the nursing home the past few years, recognize a good thing when they see it. The county-owned nursing home in New Richmond recently recorded a perfect score on its annual inspection by a state survey team. It's nothing new for the facility.