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When eight people in Wisconsin were charged with criminal racketeering in early 2006, the story was splashed across the front page of newspapers and led television news broadcasts for days. It was, afterall, an interesting story. Several Wisconsin-based charities had apparently been caught with their hand in the cookie jar, officials claimed. Two of the charities (Veterans Assistance Council, Inc.
Consider yourself warned. Motorists along County Road GG are being targeted by New Richmond police due to high speeds in that particular school zone. Police have placed their new speed trailer along the roadway in recent weeks to collect data on the perceived problem. "We've had complaints about the speeds on GG," said Police Chief Mark Samelstad.
A budding author has chosen the storied 1899 cyclone as a backdrop for her first novel. Cassandra Lokker of Baldwin was born in New Richmond 23 years ago. But her connection to the community was limited until two years ago when a tornado ripped through Hammond. "I watched that storm from my house," she recalled. "But then I heard that over 100 years ago, something much worse happened in New Richmond.
River's Edge in Somerset was recently the topic of a feature story in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday. Under the heading "Destination Wisconsin," reporter Brenda Bredahl follows the history of the state's traditional supper clubs which popped up across the state over the past half century. Among the classic supper clubs, she writes, is the River's Edge, "an untouched throwback to the days when supper clubs were the places to see and be seen." The journalist makes mention of the history of River's Edge, which includes the spotting of many famous faces. Among the club specialties she recommend
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind had a busy day in New Richmond Aug. 22. He met with local officials concerning the proposed St. Croix River crossing at Stillwater. Kind said the discussion revolved around how to get the bridge funded now that the required approvals are in place. Kind later took an aerial tour of the region to look at the damage caused by the Aug.
City officials had a chance to catch their breath Thursday after more than a week of non-stop work since the Aug. 13 storm. Police Chief Mark Samelstad gathered city department heads and emergency management personnel for a quick "debriefing" meeting in the afternoon. "I think everything went really well," Samelstad told the group.
New Richmond's long standing battle with Rapid Communications over local cable television service may soon be over. Rapid is negotiating the possible sale of its equipment and service in New Richmond and Star Prairie. Northwest Community Communications in Amery is the interested buyer. The New Richmond City Council last week considered a resolution allowing a change in the franchise holder.
Whenever the warning sirens sound in New Richmond, Kirk Lindell heads to his garage and opens the door. From there, Lindell often watches as the storm passes. He's looking to see if it will be a busy day at work the next day. "Call it morbid curiosity," he said. Lindell, who owns Swenby's Insurance and Real Estate, usually doesn't see much during his garage visits. Last Monday, however, he witnessed one of the more devastating storms in New Richmond's history. "About the time the trees were parallel to the ground, I knew we had a problem," he said.
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Cody Olson of Baldwin got top dollar for his pig at the St. Croix County Fair. When the bidding was finished, Cody's pig brought $12.50 per pound. It was a huge price to pay at the annual meat auction, but it was not totally unexpected. Seems a team of bidders pooled their money to jack up the price of the prize swine. Cody was diagnosed with melanoma cancer and was scheduled to begin his year-long treatment Monday, Aug. 6.