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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.
Author Patrick Overton attempted to check the pulse of New Richmond last week. What he found was a racing heartbeat. Overton spent several days in the city at the invitation of the New Richmond Area Economic Development Corporation and local businesses and organizations. His goal is to help the region heal from an atmosphere of incivility and disrespect that has been prevalent since a number of controversies have rocked the community. "New Richmond is looking at the perfect storm and it's ready to blow," he said. "Some people feel the storm has blown and it's over.
The opening of a three-mile section of Highway 64 last week was the talk of the town, so it was only natural the topic came up at the Oct.
The New Richmond Rotary Club is in the midst of its annual "Rose Days" fund raiser. Roses can be picked up from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, or 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 28. If you pre-order your roses, the cost is just $16 for a dozen. If you buy them on the days of the sale, the price is $17. You have a choice between red roses or lollipop (multi-colored) roses. Proceeds from the sale of the roses are used for STRIVE scholarships and other community projects. You can call me if you'd like to order a dozen roses.
A fledgling industrial development company is moving full steam ahead on plans for a new industrial park in Roberts. The concept plan for DSZ Development's 11-lot park has already been given the nod to proceed by the village. Company officials are now negotiating with Roberts on a development agreement for the 106-acre parcel, which sits directly south of the existing industrial park. It's the first industrial park DSZ Development has ever tackled, but the partners in the venture have a long history of residential and commercial development in the area.
The Conlin family marches to the beat of a different drummer. While most New Richmond families spend their summers swimming, participating in sports and vacationing, the Conlins are on the road with area drum and bugle corps. Now the family is settling into a fall routine at home, all the while yearning for next summer's hectic schedule. "Being in a drum and bugle corps, it's almost like a subculture," said mom Sandee Conlin, who plays percussion. "Once you get involved, you can't give it up." Sandee is the family's most experienced drum and bugle marcher.
Commuters from New Richmond and points north and east will honk in happiness this week. If all goes according to plan, the next leg of the newly revamped Highway 64 will open to traffic Thursday. When the three-mile stretch is open, about five more minutes of commuting time will be cut for many motorists. The previously completed four-lane sections bypassing Somerset already have shaved off five-plus minutes from the drive to Stillwater from here. For people looking to move out of the crush of the Twin Cities, New Richmond will suddenly become a little more attractive.
Rain and a cool breeze didn't scare them away. Hundreds of onlookers lined the streets of downtown Hammond Thursday night to enjoy the 10th annual Running of the Llamas event, sponsored by the Hammond Hotel. "This is real Americana," said one man along the race route who could hardly contain himself. "If this is the tenth year for this, I've been here four or five years. People wouldn't believe it if I told them about it." Almost all of the estimated 200 people who watched the spectacle was carrying a camera or a cell phone with picture capabilities.