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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.
New Richmond's industrial job base is expanding, even while companies across the state and nation are cutting back. Jerry Brown, president of the New Richmond Area Economic Development Corporation, said recent activity among existing and new businesses in the city is exciting news. Federal Foam, located in New Richmond's industrial park, is moving forward with plans for expanding its building and adding employees. Bosch Doboy, Inc.
Eric Szatkowski had a simple message for students in New Richmond Monday. Don't be careless with your personal information.
For more than a decade, campaigns for the District 28 Assembly seat have been pretty evenly matched. This year's Nov. 7 vote pits two candidates with significant name recognition in the area. Both expect the results to be close. Mark Pettis (R-Hertel) is an eight-year incumbent in the legislature and is seeking his fifth term.
Visitors to a home in the Pheasant Hills development north of Hammond get the scare of their lives at this time of year. The four members of Girl Scout Troop 2152 transform the home of Tim Kraus into a haunted house during the Halloween season. This is the fourth year for the annual fund raiser. "My step dad is a Halloween freak," admitted Crystal Adkins, one of the Scouts who spend weeks preparing for the haunted house event. "He'll be on the computer the day after Halloween looking for new stuff on eBay." A tour of the indoor and outdoor display is quite impressive.
Solving the New Richmond landfill contamination mess is proving to be more challenging than some thought. The "responsible parties" identified as contributing to the groundwater contamination have been working with the Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan of action. The apparent solution appears to include capping the landfill site to limit further contamination, burning off methane gas produced at the site and supplying a clean water supply to the residents affected by the bad water. As the plan was getting closer to finalization, the townships of Star Prairie, Richmond and Er
Randy and Debbie Calleja's dream has come true. After years of operating R&D Catering in the region, the couple has opened a large banquet facility, a convenience store and Ready Randy's Sports Bar & Grill south of New Richmond. "Our dream was always to some day have a restaurant facility," Calleja said. Touring the new businesses gives the Somerset native a chance to relive his excitement over a dream realized. The restaurant and banquet hall has been open since Sept. 13.