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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.
Jason Raymond always loved farming. So when he started to research ideas for a future career, dairy farming seemed like a good idea at the time. Little did he know he'd be riding an economic roller coaster for more than a decade. Raymond, who milks 100 head of dairy cows in rural New Richmond, is one of dozens of producers in St. Croix County who have experienced the ups and downs of the farming industry over the past few months. Six months ago, milk prices peaked at around $22 per hundredweight.
The major renovation and expansion project at Econofoods in New Richmond is moving along nicely. It's kind of a mess inside right now, but if you are able to dodge a few ladders and can put up with some empty aisles, it's still a great place to shop. The deli and fresh produce area is one of the nicest around.
New Richmond police are stepping up enforcement around the intersection of Wall Street and Highway 64. Since a joint meeting among city, county and Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials Jan. 12, more attention is being paid to the crossing due to safety concerns. Several serious accidents have occurred at the intersection since the new stretch of Highway 64 opened in 2006.
New Richmond plays a major part in a soon-to-be released book by Sports Illustrated writer John Garrity. "Ancestral Links: A Golf Obsession Spanning Generations," which will be available to the public March 3, is part travelogue and part family discovery. Through the course of writing the non-fiction book, Garrity spends months in Ireland tracing his roots and playing golf. Eventually, Garrity ends up in New Richmond, where his father Jack spent his formative years living with relatives.
It was an impressive showing, to say the least, when more than 2,000 people lined the streets of New Richmond to wave farewell to soldiers from Company B on Monday. You never know what cool weather and an afternoon event will mean for attendance, but area residents outdid themselves by showing up in force. It was also heartening to see so many businesses stop their work and step out to join in the festivities. It appeared the entire Bosch Doboy crew was along the road at the appointed time.
Not many elementary-age children are excited to get up before sunrise on a Friday morning. But it's not every day that a kid has a chance to appear live on a television program, and 9-year-old Elise Kolbeck was not about to miss her opportunity. Elise was awake before dawn and out the door in a flash Feb. 13. Her mom, Paula, was along for the ride. Elise was the lucky winner of WCCO TV's weekly "Weather Kids of the Week" drawing on Jan. 16.
A local author wants to save people from spending eternity in Hell. That's why the longtime house fellowship pastor and church elder has written "10 Things Your Pastor Should Tell You but Probably Never Has." Richard Aherns of New Richmond, with the help of his daughter Kelly, decided to write the short paperback book after attending several area churches. "I felt the church is failing in a lot of areas," he said. "Pastors are not preaching what the Bible says about many things.
Thanks to a newly completed facility needs analysis, the New Richmond City Council now know that extra space is needed for employees to work effectively. Question now is, does the city have any money to do anything about it? The firm Wold Architects was paid by the city to identify current and future space needs for city buildings. In their report, outlined at Monday's City Council meeting, Wold's John McNamara and Lynae Schoen reported that the city would need to add about 12,000 square feet of office and garage space to bring current facilities to an acceptable level. The biggest current
Only a month after the Greater St. Paul YMCA pulled out of New Richmond, the newly organized New Richmond Area Centre that took over the recreational and fitness operation is going strong. According to Executive Director Darian Blattner, The Centre now has about 880 membership units signed up. That's already a considerable hike over the declining YMCA membership that fell below 700 in the months prior to that non-profit organization's decision to leave. The Centre's goal is to have 999 members by the end of 2009.