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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Accelerated Plastics will construct a new 10,000-square-foot industrial building in New Richmond's Business and Technical Park in the coming months. Cost of the building will likely be between $300,000 and $350,000. At the July 10 meeting of the New Richmond Economic Development Commission, the sale of a commercial lot was approved for the project. The lot is off Richmond Way, near the facility of 45th Parallel -- another new business in the community. Accelerated Plastics is currently based in Hudson and is in the plastic injection business.
The baby piglets at the Spring Point Project facility in New Richmond aren't frolicking in the mud to keep cool this summer. They live in an air-conditioned facility, breathe filtered air and drink disinfected water. They're fed a special diet and their every need is attended to by a crew of specialists.
Everyone who attended Monday's special New Richmond City Council meeting seemed to be in favor of Econofoods planned expansion project.
A downtown New Richmond bar will be shut down 20 days over the next several months after several ordinance violations. Possible suspension of The Locker Room's liquor license was on the agenda for a special City Council meeting June 25. A hearing on the matter was the first item on the agenda, but discussion surrounding the license dispute was delayed as Police Chief Mark Samelstad, attorney Michael Brose and Locker Room owner Joseph Skaar tried to negotiate a settlement. When the parties finally came together in front of the City Council an hour into the meeting, Samelstad said everyone ha