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Matthew Hein was installed as senior pastor at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in New Richmond during a special afternoon service Jan. 3. In an interview last week, Hein, who was most recently associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wausau, said the transition into his role has gone well. "The leadership of this congregation is very good," he said.
The youngest members of the New Richmond First Baptist Church congregation braved cold temperatures to present a Live Nativity program Dec. 16. "This is the first year we've done this with our Pioneer group," said Marian Duffney, organizer for the five-hour event that started at 2 p.m. "We just decided that there are a lot of things out there for Santa Claus and not much for baby Jesus." Kids dressed up in various costumes, from the Wise Men to angels to Mary and Joseph.
A local industry is offering to help kids and adults alike create low or no-cost gifts for the holidays. Balsam Millwork and Cabinets, 524 St. Croix Ave., New Richmond, is opening up its shop for the next two Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. According to owner Greg Nelson, anyone of any age can attend. Children younger than 18 are asked to bring along a parent.
A New Richmond couple has had more than its allotted 15 minutes of fame. Over the past few weeks, Russell and Kandy Hildebrandt have been on a media tour that would even leave President Barack Obama's head spinning. It's all the result of the Hildebrandt s being selected as "Client of the Year" by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling in Washington, D.C. With the help of a credit counseling program at FamilyMeans in Stillwater, the Hildebrandts managed to pay off about $123,000 in debt in less than five years. Their story apparently struck a chord with the nation. Since receiving
Michael Hurd has gone from library custodian to library material provider with the publication of his first book of poetry, "Almost Heaven." A former teacher and facility manager for the City of New Richmond for 23 years, Hurd has been writing for fun since he retired in 2003. "I always wanted to write short stories," he said. "But after I wrote my first poem, someone told me it ought to be published." He sent it off for consideration, and sure enough it was published.
A new non-denominational church has started to meet in Star Prairie. Solid Rock Fellowship, under the leadership of Pastor Ken Mettler, gathers at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Star Prairie Community Center. On occasion the congregation will meet in an alternate location when the Community Center is being used for another function. Contact Dennis Ryan at 246-5104 for information on where the church will meet on any given Sunday. According to Mettler, the new evangelical Christian congregation started up at the end of August.
The much ballyhooed television series by Ken Burns chronicling the establishment of the National Park Service has a bit of a local tie. Local resident Bill Langford is the great-great-nephew of Nathaniel Pitt Langford, who was a member of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition which was the first to officially explore portions of what eventually became Yellowstone National Park. Bill Langford never knew his famous relative, but many stories of his adventures have been passed down through the family. "My dad knew him, and he said that my great-great-uncle would always tell stories about the
Several friends along East First Street in New Richmond were about the only people who were sad to see it rain earlier this week. Madeline Melby, Lydia Melby, Elizabeth Lee and Tranae Hanvelt saw some of their hopscotch squares wash away with the precipitation. But this wasn't your ordinary hopscotch playing field.
A drum and bugle performance group from southern Minnesota was crowned national champion on Labor Day, and a New Richmond family is among those celebrating the honor. Sandee Conlin is the director of the Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps out of St. Peter, Minn. She and her daughters, Averyel and Monique Hagel, also perform as part of the corps. Sandee and Monique play in the cymbal line, while Averyel plays the xylophone and marimba. The family spends most of the summer traveling between New Richmond and St.
For two hours, Caleb Richey and a few others stood along the edge of Knowles Avenue to prove a point. Friday was, after all, the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon. Not that Richey remembers anything from that day.