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One of the region's oldest historic landmarks will soon be moving to Texas. The old Horse Creek store, on the corner of County Road M and County Road X in rural Star Prairie, has been around since sometime between 1860-1870. Rustic Innovations of Scandia, Minn.
Coronation for the new Miss Star Prairie is four months away, but Queen's Committee members are already recruiting candidates. According to Jenny Gibson, one of the eight local moms who make up the Queen's Committee, there have been some new twists added to the Miss Star Prairie effort this year. The most significant change is that winning royalty members will receive a $100 scholarship.
More than 100 local people have had their license plates suspended due to unpaid parking tickets. The "who-cares" attitude of the motorists has New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad looking for ways to collect overdue fines. Beginning May 1, parking tickets will no longer be the bargain they are today. Motorists will have to pay a $10 fine if they violate two-hour parking zones, overnight parking restrictions, or any other parking rules. If the violator doesn't pay the fine in the first five days, the fine increases to $40.
Larry Jorstad is headed north for a new career adventure. The senior pastor of First Lutheran Church in New Richmond has accepted a call to serve Evangelical Lutheran Church of America congregations in Bayfield and Cornucopia, Wis. April 20 will be the last Sunday at First Lutheran for Jorstad, who has served at the New Richmond church for about 10 years. An interim pastor, Lowell Bolstad, will start his duties April 21. As he packed up his church office, Jorstad reflected on his experiences in New Richmond.
What's old is new again at The Olde Fence Post in New Richmond. Sue Olson and Dena Salstrom have teamed up to open the business in the Creamery building in downtown New Richmond.
A few people weren't happy that the New Richmond News was writing a story about Rick Montreal's current legal troubles. We understood their concern for a friend and co-worker.
Rick Montreal has made some bad choices and now he's living with the consequences. The New Richmond High School boys' basketball coach and sixth grade teacher is serving a minimum of 60 days at the St. Croix County Jail. Each school day, he's released from his jail cell to travel to his job at the Middle School. When he's done for the day, he returns to jail in Hudson. His incarceration is the result of two driving under the influence convictions from the summer of 2007.
A New Richmond man is at the forefront of high-tech innovation that could eventually change the way many small businesses operate. Shawn Crist, information technology manager for Premier Pontoons of Wyoming, Minn., reports that his company is one of 20 in the world that are testing Microsoft Corporation's new Windows Small Business Server 2008. The server, which will likely hit the marketplace in the fall of 2008, replaces one which many small- and medium-sized businesses currently use -- Small Business Server 2003. Premier, which employs 220 people and manufactures about 2,500 pontoons a y
The City Beautiful has received recognition for its dedication to trees. The Arbor Day Foundation has named New Richmond as a Tree City USA community. It is the first time the city has received the national recognition. "We're very happy we got the Tree City award," said Joe Kerlin, director of parks and recreation. "We've been working toward this for some time.
Pit bull dogs don't have a great reputation these days. But a rural Star Prairie dog's heroic efforts may just give the breed a much needed public relations boost. Cisco, a 102-pound, 4-year-old pit bull, was taken outside to relieve himself at about 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, by his owner's girlfriend. Martha Sorrells was home alone at the time and knew the dog needed to do his duty. But when Sorrells stepped on an icy patch in the back yard, she slipped and broke her right foot. "I just had on some thin sleep pants and a T-shirt," Sorrells said.