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This year's "Person of the Year" nominees were quite varied. Among those suggested as honorees were eventual winner Bill Buell, New Richmond Mayor David Schnitzler, School Administrator Morrie Veilleux, Jerry Brown and Mary Sather. Jennifer Dorr was also nominated for "her self-less giving and sharing and a whirlwind of positive, life-changing, nonjudgmental support." It was noted that Dorr has volunteered for the Salvation Army, ringing bells in the freezing cold, adopting a family for the holidays, helping package gifts for those less fortunate, teaching life skills through agency seminar
Local dairy farmers are considering a major change for their operations. John and Georgine Schottler, who operate a large dairy complex south of Somerset, are researching the possibility of constructing a confined animal feeding facility on land they own in the Town of Erin Prairie. "We're thinking about it, but we've still got a lot of work to do," John Schottler said. "There are so many uncertainties.
A vintage round barn in rural New Richmond is getting a new lease on life, thanks to an area roofing contractor. A four-man crew from Bob Peterson Exteriors has been working on the project at Bob and Kathy Frydenlund's farm since early November. They hope to have the job completed by the end of January. "The biggest challenge so far has been the weather," said owner Bob Peterson during a short break.
The New Richmond Area YMCA will end and hand over its local operation effective Jan. 1, 2009. A new, local non-profit Board of Directors will take over the pool and fitness facility and operate it independently. The organization will be known as the New Richmond Area Centre. Darian Blattner has been hired as the Centre's new executive director. Blattner was the YMCA's director for several years prior to losing his job this past summer. "I'm grateful and fortunate to be provided an opportunity to come back," Blattner said.
A warm weather vacation in Mexico turned into a frightening medical ordeal for one local family. Darren and Libby Hose of Amery traveled to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico on Nov. 29 to enjoy a week of condo living along the beach. The getaway was a welcomed break from Darren's regular routine as a youth and missions pastor for Living Word Chapel in Forest. But halfway into the week's vacation, the family experienced the unexpected. Darren and Libby, along with their two young daughters, were enjoying an afternoon on the beach Dec. 3. "The undertow that day was pretty strong," Libby said.
Bernard's Northtown car dealership celebrated its 75th anniversary of doing business on Saturday, amid all the national publicity about a possible federal rescue plan for the "Big Three" automakers. Despite the gloomy news in the car industry, owner Dave Olson said he's excited about his dealership's future as much as he's celebrating its past. The Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep dealership has survived many tough times over the years, he's quick to point out. Olson's father, Bernard, sold his first car in 1933 during the Depression.
New Richmond Middle School students are learning the valuable lesson of selfless giving this holiday season. Approximately 60 care packages were dropped in the mail Friday en route to Iraq and American soldiers stationed there. The entire school played a role in gathering the packages, which were filled with things like books, pens, pencils, toothpaste, shampoo, disposable cameras and playing cards. Each homeroom in the school was assigned to gather one box for the care package drive.
You can count Greg Bonnes's first major chainsaw sculpture project as an apparent success. Mother Mary still has her head. Bonnes is fashioning a statue of Jesus Christ's mother out of the nine-foot stump of a downed ash tree on the property of Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond. He was a little worried that the statue's head wouldn't hold up, although he admitted that it could easily be re-attached with bolts if needed. The owner of New Richmond Tree Service began working on the statue last Wednesday.
Both sides in the ongoing dispute over noise from the New Richmond Sports Center complex said they would have preferred to sit down and quietly work out their differences. Yet there they were, debating the issue for more than an hour at Monday night's City Council meeting. While some progress seemed to be made during the discussion, more work remains. A committee will be formed in the coming weeks to hammer out a more concrete solution.
A new western Wisconsin auction house is a real family affair. Robbie and Tareana Kobs of Somerset have been operating their flea market and auction business out of a former factory space in Amery since July. A whole host of relatives and friends help out whenever they can. Robbie's Auction Service conducts consignment auctions every Thursday night, from 5 to 9 p.m. at 705 South Keller Ave. Everything from antiques to furniture to toys to housewares items are auctioned off during the evenings. Once a month, Robbie's Auction Service conducts an antiques and collectibles sale.