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For the first time ever, the rate of adults who smoke has dipped below 20 percent. According to a survey from the Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 19.6 percent of those adults surveyed indicated they smoke. The national smoking rate is 20 percent. State officials claim that Wisconsin's higher cigarette taxes have had a positive impact on smoker numbers.
If your grass is getting too long, you could be paying more to have New Richmond employees mow. In the past, the City has had difficulty with their nuisance yard ordinances that require homeowners to keep their lawns mowed. According to Joe Bjelland, City clerk, his office sends out a notice to property owners who don't keep the grass cut. But because of the current foreclosure crisis and numerous absent owners of homes, more and more properties are leaving their lawns unattended. City crew members are sent to mow the yards, and the property owners are billed the cost. "But it's getting
A psychiatrist friend recently sat down with Clay "Wildman" Gallagher to find out what made him tick. Wildman apparently defied clinical description in many ways. "She said I have no fear, which isn't always a good thing," Gallagher said with a laugh. For a part-time stunt performer, fear is something that gets in the way of a good show. Gallagher, 42, has no time for fear. "I love the adrenaline rush that you get when you do a stunt -- whether it's driving 90 miles per hour through a camper or rolling cars over or getting set on fire," he explained.
A five-foot statue of a tornado may soon be a permanent fixture in Glover Park in New Richmond. Talk of a special memorial began to swirl during last year's 150th anniversary of the establishment of New Richmond. Many suggested an eventual statue should somehow commemorate the event that changed New Richmond forever -- the 1899 cyclone that wiped out much of the community. "People have asked why we would want to celebrate a time when so many lives were lost," said Jerry Brown, economic development director for the City and a driving force behind the statue and time capsule project.
Something's got to go -- the power line or the trees. That's the message St. Croix Electric officials have delivered to Arvid and Mona Flanum of rural New Richmond. St. Croix Electric has indicated that large pines trees on the Flanum's property have to be removed immediately, or the couple has to pay to have an overhead power line on their property buried. The trees have grown up and engulfed power lines that provide electricity to the neighborhood. Trees in contact with power lines have been causing power outages on a too-frequent basis, and St.
Railroad crossings in New Richmond will get some upgrades, if the City Council has its way. Mayor David Schnitzler said City officials have met with the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads seeking improvements. The City Council Monday unanimously approved a resolution officially asking for action by the state. The railroad crossings at 140th Street, County Road K, Washington and First Street and Mary Park would get new lights and drop-down gates if the state agrees.
Plans for a Sesquicentennial time capsule and a Cyclone Memorial are still progressing. The idea for the project was generated last year during the 150th birthday celebration of New Richmond.
The boxes are packed, the stained glass window has been removed and the ministry year is winding down at the Roberts Congregational United Church of Christ Church. It must be time to move. The Roberts community fixture on West Warren Street has been part of the local landscape since 1884, when the congregation purchased a building from Hudson and moved it to its present location. But the finishing touches are being completed on a new facility along Highway 12 on the northern edge of town, and preparations to occupy that space are moving quickly forward. Of course, there are mixed feelings