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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
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.
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.
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.