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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.
The challenging economy is apparently putting the squeeze on healthy living. The YMCA of Greater St. Paul is poised to pull out of YMCA operations in New Richmond and Osceola in the coming weeks. Declining memberships and an overall gloomy financial picture are partly to blame for the bad news. The good news for local YMCA members is that the health and recreation organization is working with a group of New Richmond leaders to transfer operation of the local facility.
There is no mistaking that it's the Christmas season when you step inside Pearl Christensen's home. Holiday decorations are visible in every nook and cranny of the main level. "I really enjoy the holidays," Christensen said. "And decorating really gets me in the Christmas spirit." A quick tour of the house proves the point. The laundry room has a variety of Christmas knickknacks. The living room is packed with the colors of the season. The staircase leading upstairs is adorned with greenery and lights.
If you love a parade, New Richmond is the place to be on Saturday. The second annual New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is slated for 2 p.m. Dec. 6. The route will follow Green Avenue from Mary Park to the Middle School. According to Chamber Executive Director Russ Korpela, between 20 and 25 units are expected for the holiday event. Last year's units totaled 15. "It's a great increase," Korpela said.
Salvation Army volunteers will be ringing their bells a little harder this holiday season. Due to challenging economic times, St. Croix County Salvation Army Director Duana Bremer said more people are seeking financial help from the non-profit organization. "Demand for our services has increased over 500 percent," she said. "This is the toughest we've ever seen it." Bremer said calls for help aren't just coming from unemployed residents.
The New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas parade is slated for Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. Parade units will start out at Mary Park and proceed down Green Avenue to the Middle School. Immediately following the parade, Santa will visit the Chamber office from 3 to 5 p.m. Parents wishing to have pictures taken with their kids talking to Santa are invited to stop by. Put the day's events on your calendar.
A ball of fire forever altered Joe Dubak's life two years ago. On Dec. 29, 2006, Dubak was working to dismantle an abandoned car at his place of employment north of New Richmond. He was unaware that a gas tank with gallons of fuel was inches away from his blow torch. When the flame of his salvage tool hit the fuel line, a giant explosion resulted. Dubak was engulfed in flames. "The gasoline ejected all over me and down my boots," he said.
The Village of Star Prairie will continue to work on plans to add a second river crossing for its water system. The Village Board was recently informed that its current water main, which is attached to the County Road M bridge, could be in danger of failure due to a support problem. One of the brackets holding the water main up has disconnected from the bridge. That water main is the only pipe providing clean water to homes and businesses on the west side of the river.
On the wall of the Family Medical Surgical Center in New Richmond are photos of the long line of Drury doctors who have treated area patients for decades. First in line is Dr. Walker Drury, who practiced medicine in Amery and Wanderoos beginning in the 1920s. Next is a picture of Dr. Ernest Drury, Walker's son, who was a popular family physician in New Richmond from 1937 to 1977. Finally, there's Dr. Colin Drury, who began his local medical career in 1974 as a partner with his father. But on Dec.