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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
Westfields Hospital in New Richmond is among many health facilities in Wisconsin that have implemented a color-coded wristband program to help improve patient safety. The colored wristbands will help health care professionals know the histories of patients who may enter their facilities, according to Westfields Director of Quality Therese Stecher. A patient wearing a yellow wristband is identified as a fall risk, allowing professionals to be careful when dealing with that individual. Someone with a red wristband has allergies that need to be considered before treatment is given. If someon
Hannah Meisner admits that she's always had a giving spirit. When she was little, Meisner said she was always trying to give away her toys and clothes to others. So it was only natural that, when Meisner noticed a story in the New Richmond News that the Five Loaves Food Shelf and Clothing Center was running out of donated clothes, she felt the need to help. Meisner, the daughter of Candy and Shane Meisner, said she didn't even know the Clothing Center existed until seeing the plea in the recent newspaper. After thinking it over, Meisner decided a clothing drive at her school, Hillside Elem
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Tired of all the negative news about the economy? Get on the bus. The author of the popular book "The Energy Bus" is coming to New Richmond. Jon Gordon will be speaking to the community the evening of Wednesday, April 22, at the R&D Banquet Facility. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the New Richmond Area Community Foundation. J.A. Counter & Associates of New Richmond, along with several other sponsors, are making the presentation possible. "Our focus and goal is this would be a community event and a positive event," said Katie Cole, employee benefits salesperson with J.A.
Marge Mercer was queen for the day at Larson's Appliance Center in New Richmond on March 4. Mercer donned a tiara as the honored guest during an afternoon open house. She retired last Wednesday after working almost 32 years at the local store. When she began her employment on Knowles Avenue in 1977, Mercer recalled that Larson's was quite a different operation.
The New Richmond City Council is offering its own stimulus package to help boost the local economy over the next two years. The council approved a motion Monday to cut its sewer access charges in half for all new commercial and residential construction in 2009 and 2010. The move will save developers several thousand dollars if they decide to build in the coming months.
An ancient art form from India may be appearing more often on local people's bodies. Rao Morusupalli, new owner of Riverfront Inn & Suites in New Richmond, is an accomplished henna artist who is anxious to show off his skills to visitors to his home and business. His wife, Lakshmi, prepares the paste using henna and other natural juices and oils. This past weekend, the Morusupallis hosted several "henna" parties, where they applied the natural plant to the skin of clients in an effort to create colorful patterns.
Area families are flying Blue Star flags in their windows these days, thanks to New Richmond's veterans organizations. VFW Post 10818 and American Legion Post 80 spent around $800 to purchase the Blue Star flags for the families of Company B soldiers, who were deployed Feb. 23 for an eventual mission in Iraq. The flags were presented to the mother and spouse of each soldier at the Operation Farewell ceremony in New Richmond. (The VFW and Legion members, along with members from posts across the region, displayed colors outside the armory for Operation Farewell on Feb.