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Brad Swartz was a little fed up with all the American flags that were in poor shape around New Richmond. So when it came time to decide on a community project for Swartz to complete for his Eagle Scout rank, improving the quality of area flags seemed the perfect plan. "I kept seeing all the ratty flags around town and I just kept commenting on it," he said. That's when his dad told him to do something about it. "It kind of took off from there," Swartz said. Swartz, in conjunction with American Legion Post #80 and VFW Post #10818 of New Richmond, is planning a flag retirement ceremony at 5
Wal-Mart officials have approached the New Richmond City Council asking that the community expand the number of Class A liquor licenses available to businesses. Due to its own ordinances, the city currently is limited to four such full liquor licenses and all are spoken for. Wal-Mart's request received the cold shoulder at Monday's regular council meeting.
New Richmond area youth may have another place to hang out, if a local woman's plans become a reality. Shannon Hagman hopes to open a non-profit youth center, called "Landzkape," late this summer.
A local author is hoping others learn from the struggles her family has endured over the past few years. But the message from her book isn't one of despair and depression.
As Paul and Tammy Wood attach a yellow ribbon to a special wall on Saturday, they will be thinking about their son who's serving his country half way around the world. The Wood family is one of many with a loved one deployed with New Richmond's National Guard unit (Company B, 1-128th Infantry) in Iraq. The soldiers expect to be overseas for another 10 months or so. Many of the soldiers' families will gather at 1 p.m.
Gun owners and shooting enthusiasts have been a little panicked by the election of a new president. They apparently are worried that higher taxes and more restrictions on ammunition, rifles and handguns are just around the corner. As a result, in the months following Barack Obama's election, local businesses have seen a significant increase in the sale of bullets and certain guns. Pat Doyle, owner of Farm & Home in New Richmond, said he can't believe the hoarding that's going on among sportsmen today. "We've been out of pistol ammo for three or four months," he said. The rumor that starte
New Richmond schools sent a letter to parents on Friday seeking to answer questions some may have about plans for dealing with a possible H1N1 flu outbreak in the area. Through the letter, District Administrator Morrie Veilleux sought to assure the community that the schools' ultimate goal is to ensure the safety and health of students. "We have taken a proactive approach and have been closely monitoring developments in this matter," he wrote. Veilleux reported that school custodians are now intensively cleaning the buildings after each school day. He noted that employees are using "approp
Positive financial news is pretty rare these days, but officials with the New Richmond Area Community Foundation were the grateful recipients of one such recent announcement. The Foundation, along with partner Front Porch Project of New Richmond, was awarded a substantial grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to help continue their unique work in community building. The local foundation will receive $50,000 per year for three years. The $150,000 sum is considerably higher than the Otto Bremer Foundation's average grant award of about $37,000. The announcement of the grant came at the New R
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.