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Two New Richmond musicians have been touring Wisconsin this summer as part of an elite troupe of young performers. Alex Chilsen and Peter Elkin, both recent graduates of New Richmond High School, are part of the Kids From Wisconsin traveling performance group, based in West Allis. For the past two weeks, Kids From Wisconsin has been performing twice-a-day shows at the Wisconsin State Fair. The music, song and dance showcase hits the road the rest of the summer. They plan performances in Somerset (7 p.m. Aug. 23) at Float-Rite Amphitheater and Eau Claire (Aug.
Dust off your ox carts and head to Star Prairie this weekend. The community's annual Ox Cart Days is scheduled this Friday through Sunday. "It's going to be fun, but it's going to be a rough weekend I'm sure," said Cindy Gibson, Lion's Club member and Ox Cart Days coordinator. "There are not many Lion's Club members so we don't get much sleep." The volunteers devote so much time to the Ox Cart preparations because they enjoy providing the community with an annual celebration, Gibson said.
Emily Lindell is getting ready for school, but it will be far from a normal junior year. Lindell arrived in Cordoba, Mexico over the weekend to begin a one-year exchange student program sponsored by Rotary International. "I've been anticipating this since December, so I think I'm ready to go," she said in an interview Friday. "I'm really excited." The New Richmond High School student, who has taken three years of Spanish in school, said she's only a little nervous about her big adventure. "I'm kind of nervous to meet everyone there," she admitted. "And I'm nervous about the trip.
After more than a year of negotiating, New Richmond and its cable provider are finally tuned into the same channel. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a 15-year cable franchise agreement with Rapid Cable. The agreement marked the end of a series of problems created when Rapid purchased the local cable franchise two years ago. Since the change in ownership, cable customers have complained about the lack of service and the quality of the signal provided by Rapid.
The first blossoms on green bean plants trigger the start of the busy season at Lakeside Foods in New Richmond. Erica Kunze, human resources manager at the canning facility, waits for those tiny flowers to appear in early summer and then takes a deep breath to brace herself. "Then I can start making arrangements," Kunze said. What follows is a mad dash for six months as the processing plant cans and packages more than 5 million cases of vegetables. But it's more than just an industrial challenge. Kunze's job includes coordinating travel, meals and housing for a group of 250 seasonal worke
When Peter Parker was bitten by a spider, he gained super-human Spiderman powers. All Austin Preece of New Richmond got was a pain in the butt. Preece, 9, was playing underneath a trampoline at his cousin's house north of the New Richmond Regional Airport July 28 when he apparently was bitten in the behind by an angry spider. He didn't feel any pain until he sat down a few minutes later. "It stung," he recalled. He quietly slipped off to the bathroom to inspect the bite, noticing a small brown spot had developed. When Austin returned home that evening, he checked the area again and found
Sunday will be a trip down memory lane for two Catholic priests who serve at Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond. That day the church will help Father James Brinkman and Father Leonard Fraher celebrate their 25th and 50th year of priesthood, respectively. "The last 25 years has gone by very fast," admitted Brinkman, who spent time last weekend creating a collage of pictures representing his priesthood. "All the people who enter into your life, that's the miracle of what we do.
Steve Miller has been keeping an eye on the weather since Sunday night. "I hope the weather stays good," said the coordinator of the 2006 Hammond Heartland Days celebration. "It can kill your weekend." Such is the focus of the organizing committee for the annual gathering, set for Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 10-13, this year.
Businesses within walking distance of the Lakeside Foods migrant camp see some economic impact from the temporary residents. "Not all the money goes to Mexico," said Alfonso Portillo, migrant camp leader at Lakeside. "We're part of the economy. We're spending a lot of money here." Portillo buys much of the food required to stock the migrant camp dining hall from local stores.
Don't count Edina Realty employees among those who think the local real estate market is in a downswing. As the office celebrated its grand opening at its new office on Highway 65 east of Wal-Mart, the atmosphere inside was decidedly upbeat. "This shows our belief in the New Richmond housing market," said Fred Schmidt, regional manager. "We're serious about our commitment to New Richmond.