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City officials are evaluating four proposals to develop all or a portion of prime commercial property across from Wal-Mart. The land has been the subject of lengthy debate for many months.
A small group of residents gathered last week to mark a somber anniversary. Last Tuesday, June 12, was the 108th year since the deadly 1899 cyclone destroyed most of New Richmond and killed 117 people. But the gathering at downtown's Glover Park had more to do with the city's future than its past.
Wal-Mart in New Richmond was evacuated following an afternoon bomb threat Monday. Store employees and customers were told to exit the building, and police and emergency personnel helped to secure and search the building. Employees gathered in a corner of the parking lot, while the police investigation began. Store management instructed the associates to stay close by until the store re-opened. According to Jerry Cody, lieutenant with the New Richmond Police Department, the local store received one telephone call indicating a bomb would go off at 3 p.m.
More than a couple people were perplexed by the frequent sounding of the emergency sirens in New Richmond Thursday. None was more confused than Chuck Mehls, chairman of the Emergency Management and Communications Committee for the St.
Fred Horne proudly displays a red, white and blue flag at his New Richmond home. This one's a little different from the American flags displayed at most homes in town. This three-star flag tells passersby that three of Horne's children currently serve in the U.S. military. "I've always encouraged my kids to live their own lives," Horne said. "This is the choice that they've made.
Three homes on East Hughes and North Green streets are not where they're supposed to be. According to New Richmond Building Inspector John Frisco, the property lines in the neighborhood are all messed up.
Liquid Waste Technology broke ground on a new 40,000-square-foot production facility in the New Richmond Business & Technical Park last Wednesday. With actual construction work already taking place in the background, company officials and local dignitaries gathered for the festivities. The 15-acre construction site is located at the intersection of Richmond Way and Madison Avenue (located between County Road A and State Highway 65) in the business park. "This is a great opportunity for the city of New Richmond," Mayor David Schniztler told a crowd of about 30 people during the groundbreakin
A New Richmond graduate is a valuable player in the future success of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. Not that Dan Mehls will be slugging homeruns or striking out opposing players anytime soon. He is, however, the senior project manager for the new $500 million ballpark that will be the Twins' new home in 2010. "I can't imagine anything more exciting than this," Mehls said, as he took a break from his considerable duties Friday.
ACE is on patrol in St. Croix County. The 17-month-old German Shepherd has joined the Sheriff's Department as the newest K-9 unit member. He and his handler, Deputy Josh Stenseth, just finished a 12-week training program in St. Paul. They graduated from the course last Thursday. "It's rigorous training," Stenseth said. "It was a blast.
Garden Expressions is a sweet-smelling, quiet place along Highway 65 north of New Richmond. The nursery, opened recently by Jonna Zehm of Star Prairie, is selling hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, vegetable bedding plants, herbs and more. "I try to have different things than you'd find at Wal-Mart," Zehm said, "to try and compete.