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When it comes to their new five-year bus contract, the New Richmond School Board thinks it's "rock solid." That's the opinion of the district's attorney, who was called upon to review the legal document after New Richmond Bus Co.
Wanting to leave the impression that no stone has been left unturned, the New Richmond School Board is working methodically toward building a case for new facilities. At last Wednesday's work session, the Board took several big steps toward an eventual district referendum on April 3, 2007. Predicting the future? First on the list of accomplishments was a unanimous decision to agree on compromise enrollment projections for the coming decade. Using the previously completed Hazel Reinhardt enrollment projections, Board President Rick Hinz crunched the numbers and came up with an "average" of
Shasta Feltman wasn't nervous until moments before jumping up on stage. Looking out on a crowd of about 1,400 people at the Search Institute's national convention Thursday morning, Feltman suddenly realized this was a really big deal. Feltman was chosen as one of two student emcees at last week's 10th annual Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.
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.