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All day long, the police scanner at the New Richmond News office talks in my ear every minute or two. I've learned to tune it out most of the time, unless I hear about a nearby fire or accident that might lend itself to a photograph for the newspaper. The scanner traffic most often is a depressing litany of negative stuff. The medical examiner is called out to the scene of a death. Police are dispatched to the scene of a domestic abuse situation, where a woman has been beaten by her boyfriend.
How much noise is too much? The New Richmond City Council appears to be interested in making sure residents aren't being bothered by unnecessary loud noise. The issue came to light after the City re-wrote its ordinances. A portion of the existing ordinance for "Loud and Unnecessary Noise Prohibited" defining loud noise during evening hours was accidentally left out. So Police Chief Mark Samelstad brought an ordinance change to the Council for action at its regular Monday meeting.
It was every 2-year-old boy's dream spot -- mounds of dirt, construction equipment galore and wide open spaces as far as the eye could see. So when little Jack Oevering picked up a shovel and started to dig, the groundbreaking ceremony for New Richmond's newest industrial company had unofficially begun. Oevering Homes LLC owners Oranzo and Suzi Oevering made their groundbreaking event Nov. 5 a family affair.
A new insurance office in New Richmond is starting to pick up steam. Dean Newville of Star Prairie is the man behind Paddle Wheel Insurance, located at 1656 Dorset Lane, Suite 200B (next to the First National Bank-River Falls branch office). Paddle Wheel Insurance is affiliated with Farmers Insurance Company. The office has been officially open since Nov. 1. "I thought Farmers Insurance was the best fit for me," he said. "I liked the way they presented their company.
A local industry is getting set to occupy its new facility in the New Richmond Business and Technical Park. Accelerated Plastics LLC, a Hudson-based plastic injection molding company, is building a new 10,000-square-foot plant along Madison Street near Wal-Mart. According to President Bill Johnson, the company founder, they hope to be moved into the building in the next four weeks if all goes well. They broke ground on the new facility on Sept. 15 and the construction of the building has moved ahead quickly. "We want to move as quick as we can get in there," Johnson said.
If you're looking for a great diversion in these post-election days, check out "Escanaba in da Moonlight" over the next three weekends at The SPACE in New Richmond.
A St. Mary's School second grader seems to be following in her father's footsteps. Kinsey Novotne, the daughter of Scott and Jill Novotne of New Richmond, has landed her first stage role in the Phipps Center for the Arts production of the "Sound of Music." Kinsey will play the role of Gretl, the youngest member of the Von Trapp family singers, during the 12 musical performances in Hudson from Nov. 7-30. It's little wonder that she ended up on stage at the young age of 8.
New Richmond area property owners received some good news last week. The New Richmond School Board approved its 2008-09 budget and tax levy during a special meeting Oct.
Dozens of St. Croix County residents are busy preparing for a one-year tour of duty in Iraq. Wisconsin's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the state's largest National Guard unit, has received orders that they will be deployed to active duty sometime in mid-February 2009.
Uncle Sam pointed and stared from the all-too-familiar poster on the wall. Only this time the message below the picture was different. "I Owe You" replaced the typical "I Want You." A Supermarket of Veterans Benefits for Veterans was held at the National Guard Armory Friday and Saturday. Organizers had hoped that several hundred western Wisconsin veterans attend the event and have their questions answered. Andrew Schuster, retired brigadier general, U.S.