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Warren Knowles would have turned 100 years old on Aug. 19 if the state's former governor were still alive. The long-time lawyer and politician from New Richmond is still fondly remembered locally 15 years after his death. "You just couldn't build a better guy," recalled friend Paul Swenby. "He was kind to everybody and he treated everybody the same.
Econofoods in New Richmond may finally gets a facelift. The final pieces to the City agreement puzzle were moved into place Monday as Nash Finch (the store owner) received approval for its certified survey map. The City Council also voted to officially vacate Minnesota Avenue near the store to make way for the building expansion and improvement project. Robert Barbian, director of planning and community development, said he expects the project to move quickly ahead.
If my e-mail inbox is to be believed, I'm just a click away from being rich. Any given day, I receive a handful of messages from far off places like Great Britain, Nigeria, Iraq and the Netherlands informing me that: A) My e-mail account has been randomly selected in an online Lotto program and I've won 1.5 million euro. I've apparently won Lotto drawings in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, West Africa, Philippines and France. My total winnings are staggering -- well over a billion dollars. B) Mr.
Chuck and Jackie Nutzmann have been Star Prairie fixtures for almost 50 years. And their hard work (as owners of Nutzmann & Sons Excavating) and support of the community hasn't gone unnoticed. They were chosen to lead this year's Ox Cart Days grand parade Sunday as grand marshals. Family and friends will line the parade route to give them a congratulatory wave. "We were surprised," Jackie said of the telephone call informing the Nutzmanns of the honor. "I thought it was nice that they even considered us." Jackie, a New Richmond native, and Chuck, a Rosemount, Minn.
There's a lot of support for the New Richmond Hockey Association's plan to expand the Sports Center, but don't count Mark Maple as a fan. Maple has filed a civil action with St. Croix County Court to stop the proposed project. When he steps out his front door, Maple, who owns a home at 432 Oak Avenue, looks at the existing hockey arena, outdoor rink and adjacent fenced area. But if the Hockey Association's proposal to double the size of the facility goes through, Maple claims the addition will block his view even more. "I'll never see a sunset again," he said.
A serious car accident stopped Chuck Kusilek in his tracks four years ago. The popular small engine mechanic from Star Prairie had to close up his Hillside Small Engine Repair shop after back injuries made it impossible to work. "When I closed, I was two months backed up for work," he recalled in an interview Friday. "I was crawling on my hands and knees on cardboard to finish up on a couple of jobs I still had." But time has helped to lessen some of the pain Kusilek feels on a daily basis. As a result, he re-opened his shop with little fanfare on Friday.
Star Prairie Town Chairman Doug Rivard was upset as he surveyed a pile of shingles that had been dumped on the side of the road. "It's terrible," he said shaking his head. Besides the huge mound of shingles, other items of trash were mixed in -- empty pop cans, tennis shoes, boxes and unused nails. "There are so many roofers in the area right now, it's hard to know who did this," Rivard said. "You would hope it wasn't one of our local contractors." More than likely, Rivard said, the illegal dumpers were "storm chasers" who swept into the region to get quick roofing jobs.
More St. Croix County drivers will be driving in circles if Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials move ahead with their plans. Several intersections along Highway 65 and one along Highway 64 have been identified as potential candidates for new roundabouts. "Four Corners," at the intersection of highways 64, 63 and 46 east of New Richmond, will likely be the next location for a four-legged, traffic-control system.
Only one person in 100,000 develops blastomycosis in Wisconsin each year. Molly Schaffer, State Farm Insurance agent in New Richmond, is one of the unlucky ones. Schaffer began feeling tired and achy in June. At first she complained about a pain in her left side, headaches and fatigue. Doctors treated her with antibiotics after a preliminary diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia. But eventually she developed a high fever and the symptoms worsened. "She slowly got a little worse," said her husband, Jake, in an interview Monday.
Standing in Carl and Julie Gaede's front yard, it's hard to imagine how different this family's life will be in a few short weeks. Carl and Julie, along with their children Emma (8) and Grace (4), posed for a quick picture Friday in front of their nearly-empty home in New Richmond. The couple is selling all their possessions, except for a few photo albums and keepsakes, and moving to northern Uganda, Africa. They're praying that the house will sell too, but renting the home is also an option. "It's all happening very fast," Julie admitted in an interview.