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The construction of the New Richmond area community's "front porch" is well underway. That's the message from Patrick Overton, consultant with the Front Porch Institute hired by the community to reintroduce civility in the public debate. Overton claims civility has disappeared in many communities across the U.S. He says New Richmond's challenges are just one example of how communities lose their neighborliness and, in effect, destroy their "front porch." Few will argue that relationships among city, township and school district officials were severely strained two years ago.
Kathleen Fredrickson had a "yee haw" moment when she hiked among the mountain peaks of Glacier National Park this summer. "I didn't know if I'd be able to do it," she confided during an interview at her rural New Richmond home. "Without God's intervention, I wouldn't be here as I am today. I really want to make sure God is praised through all this." The thankfulness may be a little hard for many to understand.
Our receptionist was startled by a loud thud against the front window of our office Friday afternoon. After a short shriek, she stood up and discovered the source of the disturbance. An immature hawk had hunted down a rather large pigeon along Knowles Avenue, but the unfortunate bird was too big for the hungry hawk to handle. As the hawk continued its grasp on its prey along the sidewalk, you could see it wondering what to do next. Eventually someone in our office frightened the hawk away, in an effort to save the poor pigeon.
When Advotec District 18 was created in 1967, few knew that the technical education facility would eventually evolve into one of the best two-year institutions in the nation. But as Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College's New Richmond campus celebrated its 40th anniversary last Tuesday, news about the facility's success is no longer a surprise to most. In a recent study, WITC was named the seventh best two-year college in the U.S.
Bosch Doboy Inc. in New Richmond is getting a new look. The company's office space at its South Knowles facility is being remodeled over the next few months. According to Julie Foss, Bosch vice president and remodeling project manager, the 42,500 square feet of office space will get new carpeting, wall coverings, furniture and upgraded lighting. Right now the northern section of offices is torn apart and being remodeled, forcing employees to cram into remaining space in the building. The first phase of the project, which began Oct.
Call it the year of frustration for Jeff and Dawn Greening's family. On Nov. 6, 2006, Jeff Greening lost the fingers on his left hand in a work accident. Doctors tried to re-attach the appendages with limited success. While the family was overwhelmed by the support they received from the community in the weeks to come, they had little warning that the battle over worker's compensation benefits would turn into an epic struggle. Now, a year later, the family still waits for the details of the injury settlement to be worked out.
An old New Richmond business is taking on a new face. The former United Building Centers lumber yard at 606 North Knowles has changed its name to Pro-Build. The construction supply store is actually part of a company that's the largest materials supplier for builders in the nation. Due to a number of acquisitions over the years, the company included a variety of store names, such as Dixieland, Home Lumber and Lumbermans. There were 170 stores under the UBC name prior to the company decision.
O'Reilly Auto Parts has only moved a short distance to its new building on Knowles Avenue, but the store is a world apart from its previous facility. According to Manager Terry Harrisberger, the new building is more easily accessible for customers and has 2,300 square feet more space than their old store. The auto parts business has added between 15 and 20 percent additional inventory as a result. "Our business has skyrocketed quite a bit," Harrisberger said.
A small reminder of the area's past will forever be protected, thanks to the generosity of a local family. Simon Prairie is the newest addition to a growing list of protected lands owned by the West Wisconsin Land Trust. The Trust now holds title to 377 acres in St. Croix County, 3,103 acres in Pierce County and 2,185 acres in Polk County. The property, east of Bass Lake on 140th Avenue near Boardman, is a "pocket prairie remnant" that is home to native grasses that have all but disappeared from the local landscape.
Ten seconds! The countdown begins as the deadline for making their beds approaches. The cadets at the Challenge Academy at Fort McCoy scramble to finish the task. Some get help from fellow students as they struggle to avoid push-ups. Five, four... The platoon leader's job is to keep each cadet on schedule. Every minute of every day, it seems, is structured for the more than 100 at-risk teenagers who are part of this state- and federally-funded program. Three, two... The cadets are here for a variety of reasons. Some have been expelled from school.