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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.
A new nursing home rating system developed by the federal Medicare program is causing quite a stir. Nursing Home Compare is an Internet-based site devoted to providing health care consumers with information about nursing homes nationwide.
New Richmond's National Guard unit won't be leaving for Iraq until the end of February, but plans are already being made to give them a big send-off. Members of the B-Company, 1-128th Infantry Family Readiness Group met with city officials and veteran, Scouting and media organizations Jan.
Almost half of the motels in the United States are owned by immigrants from India. It's a perplexing figure, until you talk to Rao and Lakshmi Morusupalli, the newest owners of Riverfront Inn and Suites in New Richmond. "There is probably no town in America with a population of 5,000 or more without a motel owned by someone originally from India," Rao said. It turns out that motel ownership is the perfect business for family-focused natives of India. "Few cultures have perfected taking care of their families as India did for thousands of years," he said.
One man's junk is another man's treasure. That adage appears to be at the center of an ongoing legal battle between the City of New Richmond and commercial property owner Vernon Borst. Borst received 40 citations from New Richmond Police in 2007 for old cars, boats, motorcycles and more that were stored on his property at 648 W. Fourth St. City officials urged him to clean up what they viewed as junk. Borst, on the other hand, said he was operating a second-hand business, selling items to the public.
Troy Lee thought his plans for a bait shop and sporting good store near Cedar Lake were moving along quite nicely. Lee and his wife, Erica, had received a 4-1 favorable vote on a special exception permit by the Land Information Committee on Sept. 3, 2008. The couple hoped to construct a building on their nine-acre property on 206th Street to house the business, called Lee's Lucky Lures. Their home also sits on the land, which sits across the way from the popular fishing spot. But the Land Information Committee reconsidered its previous action at its Dec.
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.