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Ann Hraychuck never imagined that she would represent her home area in the Wisconsin Legislature. "But this was really a natural progression for me," she said.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are more common on the New Richmond School District's breakfast and lunch menu these days. Thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, the local district has developed a Farm-to-School Program. "We're trying to educate students on eating local and the reasons for it," said Karen Brummer, supervisor of Food Service for New Richmond schools.
St. Croix Central history teacher Chris Buckel says he's in a no-lose situation. If he's elected as the new representative for the Assembly District 29 seat on Nov. 4, Buckel will soon start a two-year term in Madison's capitol. If he loses the race, Buckel will remain in the job he loves inside his Hammond classroom. "After I won in the primary, it definitely hit me," Buckel said. "If I win, I'll be leaving here in January. I love my job here -- I have a great School Board to work for, a great staff and a great administration.
Incumbent 29th District Assemblyman John Murtha admits he had an interesting first term in office. "I went in not knowing what to expect," Murtha said. "It's been quite an experience." Murtha admitted that the legislative process can be rather frustrating, because things move so slow. It's something he's had to adjust to over the past two years. "I'm used to getting things done," Murtha said.
Doyle spoke to a crowd of local officials, legislators, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College staff and students in the machine tool classroom at the school. Standing among large pieces of manufacturing machines, Doyle said Wisconsin is poised to meet the challenges faced by a declining national economy. Job and business growth will come in the manufacturing sector, he said, because there will always be a demand for actual products. "As a country we have to get back to the basics," he said. "You have to have an economy that is based on producing something.
Messes are encouraged at Christine Melby's house. So it was only natural that when Melby sought to start her own business, messes and kids were part of the equation. Melby has started "Messes & Masterpieces," a non-profit educational organization that conducts creative art classes for kids and adults. The organization, which is governed by a nine-member volunteer Board of Directors, is partnering with New Richmond Community Education to offer painting, sculpture and creative building classes locally. "I've been doing fun things like this with my kids for a long time," Melby said.
The New Richmond Parks and Recreation Department has worked on a few new additions over the past few months. They have added a tennis court to Mary Park by moving the basketball standards to the side and painting and striping both courts and basketball areas. The Department also has two full basketball courts open to the public at Woodland Creek, along with parking. "This is a little gem that people are just finding out about," Parks and Rec Director Joe Kerlin said.
Progress on a major new retail and commercial development is a lot slower than New Richmond officials had hoped. So on Monday night the City Council turned up the heat on CCS, LLC, a local developer with plans for a complex of buildings along Richmond Way north of Wal-Mart. When the City chose Scott Counter's organization to develop the 18.8 acres of prime real estate a year and a half ago, the hope was that things would move quickly. Alderman Jim Zajkowski said Counter had worked to create design standards for the future development and knew what the City was looking for.
A simple bench now sits along the edge of New Richmond's Veterans Park, serving as a resting place for visitors of the Armed Services Memorial nearby. Etched in the black stone is a message of remembrance to a fallen hero who once called this city home. "In loving memory of AW1 Cory James Helman, Aug. 14, 1979-Jan. 26, 2007," is written in bright white lettering. "I served my country, my job is done. Now I'll serve my Lord, the Almighty One." Family and friends gathered Saturday to unveil and dedicate the newly placed bench.
Mike McDonald has realized a long-time dream. He opened his own automotive repair shop Aug. 25 and has been working hard to build customers ever since. "I've been wanting to do this for 10 years now," McDonald said. "If you never try to go out on your own, you'll never know..." St.