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The current economy could play a cruel trick on New Richmond taxpayers if things don't start picking up soon. In a report at the July 13 City Council meeting on the current status of the city's finances, consultant Sean Lentz of Ehlers & Associates noted that two of New Richmond tax increment financing districts will require attention in the next few years. Tax Increment Financing District #6, which is part of the Business and Technical Park, needs to realize about $12 million in additional development in the next few years or debt payments will not be covered by the available revenue. If t
A local poker player nearly reached the big time, only to have his hopes dashed at the last minute. Dale Hjelmgren, a member of the poker league that plays at the Outer Limits bar in rural New Richmond, attended the "Party at the Palms" national championship tournament at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas June 28. He was accompanied by fellow league member, Justin Lamb.
A community leader feels frustrated with decisions made by local officials. He gets angry, expresses his displeasure and then stops being involved. It's not an uncommon pattern for small municipalities, which rely heavily on business and political leaders to get things done. People get burned out if things don't go their way. Emotions run high when differing opinions are aired on critical issues.
Two local Texas Hold 'Em poker players are Las Vegas bound. Dale Hjelmgren and Justin Lamb qualified for the "Party at the Palms" National Championship by placing first and second, respectively, in the Wisconsin championships May 9. Hjelmgren, 28, and Lamb, 25, are both members of a poker playing league that meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Outer Limits bar in rural New Richmond. It's apparently highly unusual that two poker players from the same bar have advanced to nationals. "We've got a lot of good poker players there," Lamb said.
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