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Haldun Kadfalk was like a kid in a candy store. For much of last week, the retired hair stylist from Mora, Sweden was a frequent visitor at St. Croix Harley Davidson near New Richmond. With each visit, Kadfalk bought accessories adorned with the official Harley Davidson name or logo. Boots, jackets, t-shirts and pants were all gathered up for eventual purchase. "Harley Davidson in Europe is the Rolls Royce for bikes," Kadfalk said. "The motorcycles are expensive there. The name is much more expensive there, too. You pay almost double.
Knights and kings can be found locked in epic battles in a quiet classroom at East Elementary School in New Richmond. It is here, in Willie Williams' room, that elementary-age kids voluntarily gather daily to wage war against their friends. The competition is played out on chess boards Williams provides. On some days, as many as eight students show up to compete in friendly chess games during lunch recess. On occasion Williams has to turn away students anxious to participate. For the students who participate in the club, chess is more than a game.
Tickets are going fast for the second annual Art & Culinary Show at Ready Randy's Saturday, April 21. "If you thought last year was fun," promised event organizer Jo Wrich, "get ready to take it up a notch." Word has gotten out that the event is well worth the $40 ticket price. Gourmet food, music and art are served up in big portions for the night. To date, more than 200 of the maximum 300 tickets are sold. "If things go like last year, the real ticket sale rush occurred the week before the event," Wrich said.
The city of New Richmond, with the help of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, completed a significant controlled burn Thursday around the shoreline of Hatfield Lake. The burn is the first step in the city's attempt to develop a park and recreational field complex on the newly acquired land near the lake.
There was an uncomfortable pause in the middle of Monday's New Richmond City Council meeting. "We've painted ourselves into a corner here," Council member Fred Horne said. At issue was the concluding debate over the expansion of liquor licenses in the city.
Growing concern over pond scum has resulted in a big business coup for New Richmond. City officials approved the sale of 15 acres of industrial park land to Liquid Waste Technology (LWT) of Somerset recently. The company is the world's largest manufacturer of custom-designed dredging machines. The dredges are used for everything from lake weed harvesting to ocean shore clean-up.
Five Loaves Food Shelf could finally find a permanent home in New Richmond's Business and Technical Park or on other city land. The City Council Monday voted to donate an acre of land to Five Loaves for a possible new facility, if they can pulled together the necessary financing for the project. Mona Flanum, president of the Five Loaves Board of Directors, said she hopes the building will also eventually house offices for such groups as the United Way, TurningPoint and Family Means. "We do have some seed money to help us build a new building," Flanum said. "And the St.
New Richmond elementary students sat spellbound as Surrewan Puntong gracefully performed a dance from her native Thailand. Suddenly the youngsters were transformed to an exotic land far away. Puntong, who is known by her friends as Ching, uses such opportunities to share information about her homeland and her people. On this day in late March, Ching met with dozens of kids in an effort to increase their knowledge of the world around them. Ching was eventually bombarded by questions about her life in Thailand. "Do you eat shrimp? Do you have any brothers or sisters?
The New Richmond News is beginning work on a special book commemorating the 150th anniversary of our city. The book will be divided into individual years and decades as we tell the story of New Richmond's history through pictures and an extensive timeline. We've already tracked down and scanned numerous historical photos that local residents have. We expect to take advantage of the Heritage Center's collection, and a nice collection of local snapshots held by Friday Memorial Library.
Just two eligible municipalities in St. Croix County have declined to join a new regional business fund, which is gaining support throughout much of western Wisconsin. New Richmond and Hammond have both rejected the idea so far, concerned that by joining the group they will lose control over state-funded revolving loan monies they now hold. Hudson, Somerset and Woodville are among those communities who have jumped on board with the regional group. Seven counties, including St.