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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.
New Richmond officials are hopeful that federal stimulus money will be made available for several local projects. Two projects have a decent chance of gaining support, according to Robert Barbian, the city's director of planning and community development. In a report to the New Richmond City Council Monday night, Barbian said the community has applied for monies to help with the reconstruction of North Fourth Street from Highway 64 to 65. The 4,000-foot project carries a $985,000 price tag for road work and $453,000 for related utility work. Another project is the extension of the city's t
Get ready to be wowed. The fourth annual Art & Culinary Show will feature fine art, fine food, fine wine, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and more on Sunday, April 19. The event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Richmond, runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Even though the price may seem high, especially in tough economic times, organizer Jo Wrich said ticket buyers get a great value from the price. "It's such a unique experience," she said.
They are outsiders whose time at the St. Croix Health Center's nursing home is winding down. But interim Administrator Dennis Reiman and Director of Nursing Connie Sarauer, both employees of Pathways Health Services hired by the county to operate the nursing home the past few years, recognize a good thing when they see it. The county-owned nursing home in New Richmond recently recorded a perfect score on its annual inspection by a state survey team. It's nothing new for the facility.
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.