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Taxpayers fed up with the rising cost of government are planning a rally in front of New Richmond's city hall April 15. The local rally is one of about 2,000 that will be conducted nationally on tax deadline day in an effort to draw attention to growing discontent among some over how the current economic crisis is being handled. According to organizers, the largest rally in Wisconsin is likely to occur in Madison that day.
A 30-year law enforcement career came to a quiet end last week. Tom Wulf, who has been a New Richmond police officer since 1993, retired on March 31. "I keep thinking I have to get up and go to work," Wulf said with a laugh. "I survived my career without any bullet holes. That's good." Wulf, who grew up in the Horse Creek area, graduated from Osceola High School in 1974.
When young people go "car shopping" in New Richmond, the result doesn't have anything to do with stimulating the local economy. According to New Richmond Police Sergeant Craig Yehlik, the community has seen an increase in the number of thefts from motor vehicles over the past year or so. The problem is particularly troublesome in the summer, when young people aren't in school and valuables are left in unlocked cars more often. "Last summer we had a rash of vehicle break-ins," he said.
After several months of transition planning, the New Richmond Area Centre, Ltd has received its federal notification of being certified as a 501(c)3 organization.
Photographers, once a fixture in American downtowns, are making a storefront comeback. Beau Petersen has moved his BPhoto business to New Richmond's main street to have a more visible presence in the community.
Talking with many of the candidates for the April 7 local elections, one gets the sense that a good number of area residents really want to help make their community a better place to live. For the amount of time town, village, school district and city officials put into their jobs -- and considering the minimal amount of thanks they receive for the work they do -- it's amazing that people step up to run. Thanks to all those who serve, or are willing to serve, in these capacities. Good luck on April 7. *** "Greater Tuna" is a funny place.
New Richmond police officer John Schuette is taking a break from serving the community to begin serving his country. Schuette left Tuesday to begin basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. He has joined the Army National Guard at the age of 29 and is excited about the new challenges he will face in the coming months. Schuette, who has worked in the New Richmond Police Department since 2003 (he went full time in November 2007), said he's always wanted to join the military. "When I was younger, I was just too heavy to join," he said. "But I've gotten in shape and lost weight.
The fourth annual St. Croix Art & Culinary Show promises to be an international experience. The event, hosted by the Rotary Club of New Richmond, is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at R & D Banquet Hall. Funds raised through the show help to fund the STRIVE Scholarship program.
The New Richmond Hockey Association's plan to expand the Sports Center was derailed last week. Judge Howard Cameron issued a written decision in a civil action filed in St. Croix County Court by Mark Maple. Maple, who owns a home at 432 Oak Ave., moved to block the construction of an expanded ice arena after the New Richmond Zoning Board of Review approved a variance to allow for the building to proceed. Maple claimed that the city, which owns the building but leases it to the New Richmond Youth Hockey Association, should not be allowed to approve variances for its own projects.
A deal that looked like it would save the Sportsman's Warehouse empire has turned sour, thanks to challenging economic times. UFA Co-operatives Ltd., a Canadian based company, had agreed in November to buy the financially strapped sports and recreation retailer. But as the economy continued to decline over recent months, the financial package slowly began to unravel. Last week, UFA agreed to take possession of 15 Sportsman's Warehouse stores in Washington, North Dakota, Montana, Oregon and Idaho in exchange for its original loan to Sportsman's Warehouse. With the news that UFA was backing