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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.
Friday was a somber day at New Richmond High School. Junior Erik F. Ness, 17, of New Richmond, was killed the afternoon prior in a tragic accident in the Town of Richmond. His fellow students, teachers and staff struggled to make sense of the tragedy throughout the day. According to Principal Jeff Moberg, grief counselors and clergy members were on hand right away in the morning to meet with any kids having a tough time with the news. A temporary grief center was established in the school's media center. "This has deeply impacted our building," Moberg admitted.
A bride and her photographer made the rounds last week getting a few extra wedding pictures. But instead of finding gardens and beautiful scenes for picture backdrops, the pair was looking for some unique settings. Tom Ward, a New Richmond professional photographer, is making inroads into the newest trend in wedding photography. "Trash the Dress" is the label given to the latest fad.
The New Richmond School District has some significant class offering changes in the works. At Monday's regular School Board meeting, Director of Instruction Deb Heyerdahl reported on the five-year curriculum plan for the District. Among the new classes in the works: Spanish language instruction for grades kindergarten through second grade. A second foreign language offering for High School students (possibly an Asian language). Accelerated language arts for Middle School students. A required personal finance course for ninth or 10th graders. Several new Advanced Placement cour
No matter how tough the current economic times get, they'll likely never compare to the Great Depression. Sure, the Federal Government has had to step in to rescue banks and shore up the monetary system, just like the 1930s. But Americans still have it pretty good. You just have to talk to a few Depression-era survivors to realize how lucky we still are. Mildred Livingston, 95, a resident at The Deerfield assisted living apartments in New Richmond, was a teenager when the Stock Market crashed in 1929. "I was young and ignorant," she said.
The City of New Richmond may try to recover payments made to Pape Taxi Service for service provided in 2005. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recently completed an audit of the taxi service's books for 2005, 2006 and 2007. At a special City Council meeting Monday night, WisDOT auditor Linda Thompson reported that Pape Taxi Service's accounting records for those three years showed numerous expenses charged that are not allowed under state guidelines. In 2005, the City paid Pape Taxi to provide service to New Richmond residents based on actual expenses incurred for providing taxi ri
The news on the national level has been anything but rosy for banks. But when you visit local financial institutions in western Wisconsin, there's not the panic that's being shown in New York. For many banking customers, their worries were addressed with the upper limit of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation coverage was extended to $250,000 in deposits. The previous limit was $100,000. And most banks operating in the St.
Several local establishments are asking for permission to try something new to boost business in these trying economic times. Kent Rebeck, owner of the New Richmond 8 Theater, approached the City Council Monday with a request for a beer and wine license for his business. Rebeck said a party room, which is used often on Saturdays and Sundays for parties and gatherings, sits empty most of the week. He said he'd like to convert the space into a "bistro" from 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The bistro would offer wine, beer and snacks for patrons of the movie theater.
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.
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.