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Incumbent 29th District Assemblyman John Murtha admits he had an interesting first term in office. "I went in not knowing what to expect," Murtha said. "It's been quite an experience." Murtha admitted that the legislative process can be rather frustrating, because things move so slow. It's something he's had to adjust to over the past two years. "I'm used to getting things done," Murtha said.
Doyle spoke to a crowd of local officials, legislators, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College staff and students in the machine tool classroom at the school. Standing among large pieces of manufacturing machines, Doyle said Wisconsin is poised to meet the challenges faced by a declining national economy. Job and business growth will come in the manufacturing sector, he said, because there will always be a demand for actual products. "As a country we have to get back to the basics," he said. "You have to have an economy that is based on producing something.
Messes are encouraged at Christine Melby's house. So it was only natural that when Melby sought to start her own business, messes and kids were part of the equation. Melby has started "Messes & Masterpieces," a non-profit educational organization that conducts creative art classes for kids and adults. The organization, which is governed by a nine-member volunteer Board of Directors, is partnering with New Richmond Community Education to offer painting, sculpture and creative building classes locally. "I've been doing fun things like this with my kids for a long time," Melby said.
The New Richmond Parks and Recreation Department has worked on a few new additions over the past few months. They have added a tennis court to Mary Park by moving the basketball standards to the side and painting and striping both courts and basketball areas. The Department also has two full basketball courts open to the public at Woodland Creek, along with parking. "This is a little gem that people are just finding out about," Parks and Rec Director Joe Kerlin said.
Progress on a major new retail and commercial development is a lot slower than New Richmond officials had hoped. So on Monday night the City Council turned up the heat on CCS, LLC, a local developer with plans for a complex of buildings along Richmond Way north of Wal-Mart. When the City chose Scott Counter's organization to develop the 18.8 acres of prime real estate a year and a half ago, the hope was that things would move quickly. Alderman Jim Zajkowski said Counter had worked to create design standards for the future development and knew what the City was looking for.
A simple bench now sits along the edge of New Richmond's Veterans Park, serving as a resting place for visitors of the Armed Services Memorial nearby. Etched in the black stone is a message of remembrance to a fallen hero who once called this city home. "In loving memory of AW1 Cory James Helman, Aug. 14, 1979-Jan. 26, 2007," is written in bright white lettering. "I served my country, my job is done. Now I'll serve my Lord, the Almighty One." Family and friends gathered Saturday to unveil and dedicate the newly placed bench.
Mike McDonald has realized a long-time dream. He opened his own automotive repair shop Aug. 25 and has been working hard to build customers ever since. "I've been wanting to do this for 10 years now," McDonald said. "If you never try to go out on your own, you'll never know..." St.
Jerry Hoglund was one of the regular customers at the Lowrey Cafe. Now he owns the place. Hoglund and his fiancée Stacy Wright officially took over ownership of the Lowrey Hotel and Cafe on Sept. 1. The downtown establishment has been part of local history for decades -- the hotel for about 100 years and the cafe for 50 years. It was previously known as the Beebe Hotel. Hoglund and Wright purchased the business from Jim and Linda Murtha, who have operated the cafe and hotel for the past 33 years. "It was time to move on," Linda said of their decision to sell.
At a time when the national and regional economy is skidding, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New Richmond is flourishing. As students returned Monday for fall classes, WITC officials reported that the post-secondary facility is full because of their popular programs. And the future at WITC remains bright despite gloomy economic news because industries are looking for skilled workers to replace Baby Boomers who will be retiring in the next few years. The positive news was echoed by newly hired WITC president Dr.
Fields where Lakeside Foods has been spraying waste water could sprout some of New Richmond's newest developments. Lakeside Foods has petitioned the City of New Richmond to annex 178 acres of property it owns along Highway 64 on the western edge of town. The land is presently used as an aeration field to apply Lakeside's waste spray water.