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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.
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.
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.
When Kent Muschinske began recruiting a possible Republican candidate to run for the Assembly District 28 seat, little did he know the road would lead him home. Party officials were looking for a candidate who had a diverse professional background, a military record and leadership experience, and not someone who was ingrained in the political system. "The list got shorter and shorter," Muschinske remembers.
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.