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School children clutched red, white and blue balloons in their hands, waiting for the cue to release them into the air. "Some of you remember, and some of you don't," said teacher Don Donaldson outside St. Mary's School. "None of you should forget what happened five years ago today." New Richmond's parochial school organized a special ceremony on Monday to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. Three National Guard members were on hand to participate in the event, along with members of the New Richmond VFW Post color guard.
Vandals have been causing problems in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery all summer. But what buildings and grounds director Mike Bernd discovered last week was the last straw. "It started with family urns," Bernd said of the vandalism spree during an interview Thursday. "They (the vandals) would pick them up and throw them against the stones. It was a mess." That was bad enough, Bernd said, but then the vandals started messing with the flags posted near the graves of veterans. At first vandals stole or hid the flags.
Forget about your parents' warning about playing in the road. City officials want you to do just that Saturday, Sept. 23. Ahead of the official opening of Highway 64 from 110th Street to the Highway 65 intersection in New Richmond (slated for Sept. 28), the city's Pathways Committee is planning a community celebration on the roadway. The "Cruising the Corridor 64" party comes about 10 years since the first land in New Richmond was purchased to make the highway expansion possible.
When Deina Shirmer arrived at work Thursday, she couldn't believe her eyes. Along the outside of the Town of Warren Town Hall building were several piles of burned material. The town clerk and treasurer was disappointed by the sight. "When I left yesterday, everything was fine," Schirmer said. "When I came in this morning, this is what I found." Three plastic Waste Management trash bins were used to contain the initial fires set by arsonists.
The St. Croix County Health Center has been cited by state and federal authorities for a July 31 incident during which a man died of a heart attack. According to a statement of deficiencies report completed Aug.
For most of the summer, the biggest challenge Tom Gillis faced was how to improve the yield on his drought-stricken corn. This week, the Roberts area farmer is traveling throughout Japan and China trying to create new markets for U.S. grain farmers. It's pretty heady stuff for someone who never envisioned himself as an ambassador for corn. "I've always been one who's a taker, assuming somebody else would take on the responsibility to do all this," he said in an interview Friday.
Reports of Pamida's closing in New Richmond are greatly exaggerated. That's the message new manager Eric Nowaczyk has for customers and the community. "It's kind of a shock the number of people who are asking when we are closing," Nowaczyk said. "I guess it makes sense, because a lot of people don't think there is room in town for two discount stores.
New Richmond's proposed new library could be on the move after all. As the Library Board struggles to meet increasing demand and address a lack of space at its current downtown facility, Library Director Scott Vrieze reported that a new alternative has surfaced. Initially, the Library Board showed interest in using the aging Middle School property to meet its space needs. But school district officials indicated that they weren't ready to make a decision about the future of the building and land, suggesting that the library look elsewhere for a solution. That led to the Library Board's deci
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.