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After months of waiting and legislative negotiating, the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate are poised to approve a compromise budget bill today (Tuesday). So it was fortuitous that Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman was in New Richmond Monday night as part of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce's "Business After 5" event. Much of her short presentation to those who were gathered there surrounded the budget agreement reached Friday by Gov. Jim Doyle and legislative leaders. "It took a lot of compromise and it took a lot of hard work," she said.
Brenda and Terry Hanson are going back to their career roots. The couple is opening a new full-service meat market in New Richmond, named T's Meat Market. They plan to open the doors at the business, located at 110 W. North Shore Drive, by Oct. 25. The long-time Andersen Windows employees began thinking about their own business after Brenda was permanently laid off from her job last year. The couple had been involved in the local grocery business years ago.
Cheryl Arne hopes to become the next Rachael Ray, television's newest cooking show star. All Arne needs is a little break, and she might have gotten that TV career jump start last week. The part-time chef at Bellarietta Bistro in New Richmond was listening to the radio Tuesday, Oct. 9, when she heard about an open casting call being conducted by the Food Network that day. She had until 4 p.m.
Westfields Sleep Clinic helps patients cure apnea problems Kirk Lindell routinely fell asleep in front of the television watching the morning news. He usually had a cup of coffee in his hands in an unsuccessful effort to jolt himself awake. "I just thought it was part of getting older," Lindell said of his persistent sleepiness. "And I thought getting old stunk.
Developer David McNutt thought he'd worked out issues of concern among neighbors near his planned high-density housing project on Paperjack Drive. He found out last week that the apparent agreement was just the calm before the storm. McNutt, with MC2 Partners, LLC of Lakeville, Minn., met with representatives of the Paperjack Creek Twinhome Estates Homeowners Association after the New Richmond Plan Commission tabled his plans at its September meeting.
Should New Richmond pursue an innovative low-income housing program when so many existing homes are already for sale in the community? That question is at the center of an ongoing debate among City officials, homeowners and local realtors. After an initial proposal to convert City land into a low- to moderate-income housing development was nixed last month, Housing Director Jessa Nelson has been studying another new idea. She's working with local developers on a plan to have existing home lots throughout the community donated into the program.
The bids are in, and New Richmond's new elementary school that will soon be under construction is under budget. Early cost estimates predicted an overall cost for the project at $15.95 million.
The numbers are in, and enrollment in New Richmond schools didn't quite reach the level of pre-referendum predictions. The "third Friday" enrollment count is the official number sent to the state of Wisconsin to help the state determine the District's aid level. At Thursday's School Board meeting, Superintendent Morrie Veilleux reported that enrollment for kindergarten through 12th grade came in at 2,720.
Traffic was diverted for more than an hour along Highway 65 in Roberts after a passenger vehicle and truck collided at the intersection of Highway 65 and County Road TT. The truck, owned by St. Croix Insulation of Hudson, flipped over on its side. The accident scene was handled with care as firefighters were concerned about potentially hazardous materials inside the truck. Emergency crews from Roberts, Hammond, Baldwin and New Richmond responded to the scene around 1:30 p.m. The driver of the car was treated for minor injuries, but it didn't appear to be serious.
Star Prairie Township will soon become a popular destination for motorcycle and ATV racers from across the nation. The new Amsoil Sandbox Arena adjacent to Cedar Lake Speedway opened Monday, Oct. 1. "It's crunch time," said Donnie Vincent, co-owner of the motor sports arena, as workers scurried to put the finishing touches on the building. Tons of dirt have been moved inside the motocross facility, which is as big as Wal-Mart and touting 116,800 square feet of space.