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Sometimes a business move works out. a' la Mode salonspa was forced to move from its North Knowles location after the home they occupied was sold. Boni LaVelle, owner of the Aveda-concept hair and salon business, scrambled to find a new spot in New Richmond. They settled on the former New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce building at 245 South Knowles, and the landlord promised to work overtime to get the location ready for an Aug. 1 move. "They kicked it into high gear to get us in here," she said.
If this winter brings with it a global flu pandemic, will St. Croix County be ready? A stakeholders meeting involving representatives from county government, law enforcement, schools, municipalities, hospitals and the Red Cross was conducted Tuesday to help answer that question. Geralyn Karl, public health preparedness planner, told the group the sobering reality that a flu outbreak could bring. "It's not like a natural disaster that comes and goes," she said. "It could last four, six or eight weeks, and then it could come back later.
City officials are poised to select the eventual developer of one of New Richmond's prime commercial properties. According to Robert Barbian, director of Planning and Economic Development, the city has talked with a dozen developers about two parcels on the northwest corner of Highway 65 and Richmond Way. Parcel A, which consists of 18.8 acres directly across from Wal-Mart, will likely be the first piece to be developed, Barbian said. The cost of the land is close to $4 million. A second lot (Parcel B) to the west, 24.2 acres in size, awaits another developer.
Five Roberts area residents have filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in an attempt clean up two local lakes. Mark Toso is coordinating the landowners' effort to force the DNR to tighten restrictions on the amount of phosphorus Roberts can discharge from its sewer treatment plant into North and South Twin Lakes. "The only purpose these lakes serve for Roberts is a convenient place to discharge their waste," Toso said. The group of residents has filed for a "contested case hearing" before a judge.
Custodian Greg Green stood over a pile of construction dust, ready to sweep it into a garbage can. "We're just trying to get the project done," he said Friday afternoon. "I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's dim but it's getting brighter." The maintenance staff has been working overtime this summer getting St. Croix Central Middle School in Hammond ready for a new year. Construction crews were still putting the finishing touches on the remodeled and expanded school last week. Their informal deadline was Wednesday, Aug.
Randy Rhodes of Council Bluffs, Iowa relays a story of a boy's honesty and the return of his lost wallet. "In May of this summer, while boating at Lake Okoboji in Iowa, I lost my wallet," he wrote in an email. "The wallet was in my sweatpants and after it warmed up I took them off and laid them on the seat. At some point they blew out of the boat unnoticed by me at the time." Apparently a couple of weeks went by and he received a call from a woman who said she had found my wallet along the shoreline. Somehow the woman eventually lost the wallet herself.
Hannah Pederson was snatched from the grip of death. "They thought I would die," she says after drawing in a deep breath and pronouncing each word with some effort. "But I didn't. Thanks to God I woke up." Since April 29, Pederson has been hospitalized in Eau Claire recovering from severe head injuries suffered in a one-car accident. That night she was rushed to the hospital in a coma. After more than three months in the hospital, Pederson finally returned home Aug. 9.
An New Richmond student spent two weeks this summer as an international U.S. ambassador Down Under. Kaleb Kier, 11, was among 41 Twin Cities area youth chosen to participate in the Dwight D. Eisenhower "People to People" student ambassador program trip to Australia July 18-Aug. 2. "It was very fun," Kier said during an interview last Thursday.
A dedicated group of teenagers has been handing out justice in New Richmond for nearly a year. The Teen Court, which was established in October of 2005, has considered nine cases so far. The violations they've dealt with have ranged from alcohol use to disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle to tobacco use. New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad said he's been happy with the court and the young adults who serve as the prosecutors, jury and court officials. "The amount of effort the kids have put into this has really surprised me," he said.
A New Richmond nursing home is going through a major transformation. New Richmond Meadows, the former Signet Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, changed owners Aug. 1. The facility is now owned by a partnership consisting of Jack Halbleib (owner of Fall Creek Care Center) and George Samardich (owner of the Strum Nursing Home). They have hired former St. Croix Health Center administrator Carolyn Krieger to lead the facility into the future. She inherits a nursing home whose image has lagged in recent years.