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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.
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.