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The time is ticking again on New Richmond's condemnation process against landowner Vernon Borst. The city had issued a condemnation order on the property at 648 West Fourth Street late last year. The order set Jan. 24 as the initial target date for the demolition of the aging commercial building. But in December the city's Board of Appeals granted Borst a reprieve to allow time for building improvements and a cost evaluation for repairs. The 60-day extension, however, came and went. Borst failed to appear at the Feb.
If the Star Prairie Land Preservation Trust had a red carpet, they would have rolled it out Feb. 14. But the local non-profit organization is more comfortable getting its hands dirty than hosting important dignitaries. So when Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Hassett stopped by to get a tour of area projects, the formalities were at a minimum. Hassett flew into New Richmond Regional Airport as part of a multi-city tour of Wisconsin last Wednesday. The trip came on the heels of Gov. Jim Doyle's budget address the night before.
The debate over whether to issue additional liquor licenses in New Richmond is over. On a split vote, the City Council voted Monday to allow up to four new Class A licenses in the future. The city previously prohibited the issuance of any Class A, off-sale licenses in the community. But recently several requests for retail sales of beer and liquor came before the council, including a request from County Market as part of the owner's efforts to re-open. The debate over the license issue has been polarizing to say the least.
The pigs are coming. Spring Point Project's new diabetic research facility in New Richmond is nearing completion. The first pregnant pigs were scheduled to arrive at the bio-secure building near the New Richmond Regional Airport this week. According to plans, facility veterinarian Adrienne Schucker will perform c-sections on three sows, and the first 30 or so babies will be passed into their hyper-clean home through a sealed hole in the birthing room. From that moment forward, the babies will grow, reproduce and create a pathogen-free source for pancreatic islet cells. "Happy, disease-fre
Opponents and backers of a plan to expand New Richmond's liquor license quota came out in force Monday, ready for the City Council to decide the fate of the controversial proposal. The two sides will have to wait a little while longer before a decision is made. Council members voted to table the ordinance change that would have allowed up to seven new Class "A" beer licenses and up to seven new "Class A" intoxicating liquor licenses in the city. An ad hoc committee, charged with studying the issue, is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m.
As if mirroring the region's transition from a farming community to a third-tier suburb, the Town of Star Prairie is about to abandon the old in favor of new. The finishing touches are being completed on the township's new town hall on Cook Drive. "It's been a lot of work," said Town Supervisor Steve Lewis. "But we're glad to see some closure to it." The Town Board is planning to conduct its first official meeting in the hall on Feb. 13.
New Richmond residents are learning how to communicate better. Author and consultant Patrick Overton, who is leading the community through a process called the New Richmond Area Front Porch Project, was in town earlier this week for meetings, training sessions and interviews. On Monday, Overton met with city officials and Greg Gibson, chairman of the Star Prairie Village Board.
It's important to think ahead, especially when it comes to future roads in and around New Richmond. That was the message that was delivered to a room full of township, county and city officials Jan.
Spring Point Project's new 21,000-square-foot bio-secure building will officially open in New Richmond Feb.
In a quiet residential neighborhood, Family Medical Surgical Center has been providing a health care alternative in New Richmond for the past 17 years. Now, as the community grows around it, the small clinic is adding to its staff to better meet the needs of patients. The most recent addition to the staff is Dr. Taylor Neff, a general practitioner who began seeing patients two weeks ago. Tracy Renn, a clinical nurse specialist, recently joined the staff as well. "We've been here for 17 years but we're almost like a secret in New Richmond," said Mary Kruschke, clinic office manager.