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The new Sesquicentennial fountain in the Mill Pond in downtown New Richmond has provided a considerable "Wow" factor for motorists passing by. When the fountain is lit up at night, it really provides quite a display. Congratulations to all those who had a hand in its placement. It is much more impressive than many of us thought it would be. *** The News is trying to innovate on the fly, especially on our Web site www.newrichmond-news.com . This week, we have a brand new feature called "Soundslides," which is a multimedia presentation that includes pictures and sound.
Local restaurant lovers can now experience authentic Mexican food in their own backyard. Garibaldi's has opened at 228 Paperjack Drive, New Richmond, across from Pamida. They've been open for three weeks. The restaurant owners are Jesus and Dania Saavedra and Francisco and Liliana Perez-Frenandez. A total of 11 employees work at Garibaldis. "There is not a Mexican restaurant here and I think they need one," Jesus Saavedra said of his reason for opening in New Richmond. Saavedra and Perez-Fernandez have both worked in authentic Mexican restaurants in the past, most recently in River Falls.
The sound of metal against dirt was music to the ears of those who attended Saturday's "Field Demonstration of Yesteryear II" at the Don and Judy Schmitt farm south of Somerset. The Wisconsin Draft Horse and Mule Association sponsored the old-fashioned event, which is conducted in the spring and fall at different locations across the state. "I'm a member, and they asked me if I'd be willing to host it," said Don Schmitt. "I said sure. This is the first time they've had it in this part of the county." A total of 26 teams showed up for the event.
There were traffic jams throughout New Richmond neighborhoods Saturday as the first-ever "House To House" garage sale was conducted. More than 123 garage sales were advertised as part of the community-wide sale, although it appeared a number of people took advantage of the high traffic volume and set up a sale without promotion. "This is kind of fun," said Jeanette Klankey as she walked to her car with arms full of bargains. "You get to run around town, stopping here and there." Klankey said she was on a quest to find large flower pots, but as of 10 a.m. she hadn't located any.
Mabel Holman had never gone to prom. Decades ago, the 72-year-old had visions of attending the annual high school event while attending school in Flambeau, Wis. "I decorated for prom," she recalled. "But I didn't go." She finally got her chance to experience the thrill of prom on Friday, more than 54 years later. Holman and her husband of 50 years, Merlin, were among a group of local folks to attend New Richmond High School's annual senior citizen prom. "I told my husband I was dressing up and we were coming," Mabel said, motioning to the matching maroon outfits the Holman's shared.
To publish your community event in the Around Town listings, call Shay Tilander at 243-7761 or e-mail your message to: firstname.lastname@example.org by NOON FRIDAY of the week before you wish it to appear. May 10 Mom's In Touch Prayer Group, 9-10 a.m. and every Wednesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. Come pray for our children and their schools. Call Jamie at 246-9290 for more info. New Richmond Toastmasters, 7-8 p.m., First Baptist Church, New Richmond. Guests welcome. We develop public speaking and leadership abilities. Meets every Monday. May 10, 11 &12 "The Universal Language," St.
Clean water could be flowing to Town of Star Prairie homeowners with contaminated wells by the end of this year. After seven years of study and planning, actual work will begin soon on the clean-up and water system surrounding the old New Richmond Landfill northwest of the city. After studying several options for providing clean water to homeowners, the "responsible parties" group has decided to extend city water to the homes. Township residents had favored a new municipal water system for the area, with a separate well and pipe system.
The third phase of the Skoglund re-development project is underway along North Knowles Avenue. It's the next step in a major facelift for the north end of town, which began in 2003 with the establishment of a tax increment financing district. "It's been going forward since then," said Robert Barbian, city planning and economic development director.
A tragedy thousands of miles away had Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College officials answering some tough questions over the past week. In the wake of last Monday's shootings at Virginia Tech, WITC's student government president and a student member of the school's Safety Committee wondered what plans are in place to avoid similar problems here. Campus Administrator Joe Huftel, who is in his first year at WITC, had to admit he was a little hazy on what emergency plans were in place. "I know the students were concerned and wanted to know we're addressing safety issues," Huftel said.
Gary Svenningsen finds himself in the middle of a mess. Since constructing a new hangar at the New Richmond Regional Airport, Svenningsen has been at odds with city officials over a variety of issues. The ongoing controversy heated up to a boiling point April 17 when the City Council added the issue to its evening's agenda. After more than an hour and a half of debate, the Council voted unanimously to support a recent Airport Commission order to force Svenningsen to comply with its construction rules. The action will ultimately force Svenningsen to remove a large, paved area surrounding hi