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Most of the problems between teenagers and parents could be summed up as a failure to communicate. Dr.
Members of the New Richmond Board of Appeals didn't pull any punches Monday when property owner Vernon Borst asked for more time to clean up his condemned property. The message was loud and clear: clean it up or tear it down. The commercial building at 648 West Fourth Street was the subject of a public hearing two weeks ago, but Borst did not attend.
New Richmond turns 150 years old in 2007, and a few people are working hard to make sure area residents celebrate in a big way. A Sesquicentennial Committee has been formed and is meeting each Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Bean Bag Coffee House in New Richmond. The committee's first meeting was just two weeks ago. The group has already developed a logo to commemorate the birthday celebration. The city has committed some money to help the committee plan and coordinate Sesquicentennial events. The committee has already set Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, as the date for the actual birthday bash.
New Richmond property owners will see only a slight increase in taxes this year. At its regular meeting Monday, the City Council unanimously adopted its 2007 budget and approved its tax levy. Total expenses grew by 8.51 percent, according to Finance Committee chairman Jim Zajkowski. That increase falls under the state-mandated limits, allowing the city to receive about $139,000 in state aids. Due to a growing tax base in the community, Zajkowski said the city's mill rate will increase by just 1.32 percent.
The family of a longtime New Richmond educator has contributed $25,000 to the New Richmond Educational Foundation. Marge Lynch Miller, who died last summer, was a 1943 graduate of New Richmond High School, where she was active in music, drama and debate. She then attended River Falls Teacher's College.
A new local business organization hopes to help promote New Richmond and its business community in 2007 and beyond. Dubbed the New Richmond Business Group, organizers invited local business owners and employees to an informational meeting Wednesday, Dec. 6. About 50 people attended. "I thought it went fairly well," said Troy Boe, a realtor with Coldwell Banker/Town & Country Realty and one of the group's organizers. "We had a lot of support from the people who were there.
The Star Prairie Village Board approved a small increase in taxes at its annual budget meeting Wednesday, Dec. 6. Following a public hearing where no one spoke, the board voted unanimously to approve a $397,535 budget for 2007.
After a decade of nomadic church life, Faith Community Church of New Richmond has found a permanent home. The church, which touts 600 worshippers in an average week, officially moved into its first building Sunday. It's quite a place. "Our aim has never been to build a building," senior pastor Mike Evans said Thursday, as contractors were scurrying about to finish the work on the structure. "Our clear purpose is connecting with disconnected people. This building just gives us another tool to reach the community." The church purchased the 1040 Paperjack Dr.
Jeff Greening knows all too well how quickly life's circumstances can change. On Nov. 6, while Greening was working on a remodeling job in Stillwater, he accidentally sliced off the four fingers on his left hand with a Skil Saw. After nine hours of surgery, the fingers were reattached, but doctors warned Greening that he could eventually lose several of the appendages. Doctors also doubted Greening would be able to return to work for nine months. "I was devastated," he said in an interview Thursday. "All my life I've worked hard.
New scientific research into how a teenager's brain develops can provide a window into why young adults act the way they do. That's why New Richmond's YOUth and Families Initiative is bringing in Dr. David Walsh to speak Dec.