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Testing designed to uncover the cause of health problems among teachers at West Elementary may have uncovered a safety issue instead. Several staff members who have been diagnosed with unexplained illnesses have urged the district to conduct tests in the school to pinpoint possible environmental causes. State investigators previously tested the building to see if possible cancer-causing issues existed.
There's a perfect storm brewing in New Richmond. That's according to Patrick Overton, author and director of the Front Porch Institute, who has been working with the community the past few months. If residents here don't take action to stop fighting among themselves, he predicts, the small storms that have been gathering over the past couple years will converge into one major eruption. Overton returned to New Richmond Tuesday morning to present his recommendations for action to the community. "My job is not to come in here and tell you who you are," he told a crowd of about 40 who gathered
One year removed from his tour of duty in Iraq, Adam Strawn of New Richmond sat quietly on a folding chair cleaning his military weapon. The tranquil scene at the National Guard Armory Sunday morning was quite a departure from the Company B's war experiences in the Middle East. The gun fire, roadside bombs, sand and heat were but a distant memory. Strawn and his fellow soldiers have been easing back into their normal routines since returning home on Oct.
When it comes to their new five-year bus contract, the New Richmond School Board thinks it's "rock solid." That's the opinion of the district's attorney, who was called upon to review the legal document after New Richmond Bus Co.
Wanting to leave the impression that no stone has been left unturned, the New Richmond School Board is working methodically toward building a case for new facilities. At last Wednesday's work session, the Board took several big steps toward an eventual district referendum on April 3, 2007. Predicting the future? First on the list of accomplishments was a unanimous decision to agree on compromise enrollment projections for the coming decade. Using the previously completed Hazel Reinhardt enrollment projections, Board President Rick Hinz crunched the numbers and came up with an "average" of
Shasta Feltman wasn't nervous until moments before jumping up on stage. Looking out on a crowd of about 1,400 people at the Search Institute's national convention Thursday morning, Feltman suddenly realized this was a really big deal. Feltman was chosen as one of two student emcees at last week's 10th annual Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.
It was the type of olive branch that apparently needs to be extended more often in New Richmond. Bill Derrick, Sr., a longtime home builder and community resident, said he'd recently met with city council member Jim Zajkowski and talked cordially for more than two hours. It was quite a feat, Derrick admitted, because the pair hadn't seen eye to eye on issues related to development and impact fees in and around the city. But recent efforts to promote civil discourse in the community, rather than strong words and disrespect, prompted Derrick to try a different path. Both Zajkowski and he wer
Wal-Mart has claimed its first major competitive victim. County Market will close its doors Dec. 31, according to owner Gary Cooper. Officials met with employees Monday to break the news. "I failed and I'm not happy," Cooper said in an interview Tuesday. "The economic health of my company is at stake. I leveraged my whole company to build this store." Cooper brought his small, family-owned grocery store chain to New Richmond just a few years ago.
New Richmond Dental has the future in mind. The new dental practice, which opened in the city's industrial park a month ago, is housed in an impressive new building that has plenty of room for growth. Dr. Timothy Vacek recently completed his dentistry training in Nebraska and worked with a dental consulting group to choose New Richmond for the new facility. "It's such a growing area," Vacek said in an interview Monday. "And there's a need for dentists here." At present, the practice operates out of two state-of-the-art, fully-equipped examination rooms.
Businesses will have an easier time dealing with worthless checks thanks to a new program. The New Richmond and Somerset police departments, along with the St. Croix County District Attorney office, have hired Financial Crime Services to handle its check diversion program. There is an informational meeting planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at New Richmond's Civic Center to explain the new service.