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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.
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.