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As St. Croix County voters prepare to vote on a non-binding referendum question in April, the current financial health of the county-owned nursing home in New Richmond is becoming a bit more clear. At last Wednesday's Health and Human Services Committee meeting, Department Director Fred Johnson reported that the 2011 books are nearly ready to be finished. County officials have until the end of March to complete the financial reports concerning last year. As the numbers are finalized, Johnson told the committee that it appears the St.
At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2011, American Legion Post #80 conducted its annual Veterans Day ceremony in front of a large crowd. The event included patriotic songs, several prayers and the reading of the names of local members who passed away over the past year. The ceremony concluded with a rifle salute outside the post's building. State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and State Rep. John Murtha were on hand to say a few words to the group. They also presented the post with a new flag, flown in Post #80's honor over the state capitol on Nov.
The Deerfield senior living complex dedicated a new flag and flag pole at its New Richmond facility on Nov. 9. The pole is now located in a new spot, near the future front entrance to the facility. According to Administrator Jo Wrich, plans call for a veterans' memorial to take shape in the main entrance area, including benches and landscaping. "We hope to make it a nice place to come and salute our veterans," she said. During last Wednesday's ceremony, members from area American Legion and VFW posts were on hand for the event.
What do you get when you combine beautiful wood with spare parts from old typewriters and adding machines? The answer: A piece of folk art that has found a permanent home at the New Richmond Heritage Center. Bill Driscoll, New Richmond, recently completed an "assemblage" depicting a weeping willow tree using parts from antique business machines. The idea for the project originated from New Richmond's former official logo, which included a depiction of a green weeping willow and the words "The City Beautiful." Driscoll started the project by salvaging the trunk of a local weeping willow tha
A conservative offensive approach came back to cost the New Richmond football team in their Middle Border Conference finale last Friday. The Tigers scored on their first possession, then never found the end zone again, losing to Baldwin-Woodville 14-7. The loss leaves the Tigers tied with B-W and Ellsworth for third place in the MBC final standings. The Tigers now move onto the WIAA playoffs, where they will be playing in Division 2.
A suggestion from New Richmond Council member Jane Hansen was rejected at Monday's regular meeting. Hansen offered a plan for the city's finance committee to meet twice a month with the police chief, fire chief and city administrator. She said the idea is to open communication between the council and the supervisors that report directly to the elected officials.
School and city officials don't agree on whether a parking lot exit at New Richmond High School should remain as it is or be changed to allow for left-hand turns. At Monday's regular New Richmond City Council meeting, District Superintendent Morrie Veilleux requested the city reconsider its stance that the exit to the east of the main high school entrance on Richmond Way remain right-turn only. The road's median is closed at that spot, forcing motorists to head to the east.
New Richmond is now among 5,000 cities worldwide that have adopted resolutions advocating for a ban on nuclear weapons. New Richmond High School social studies teacher Ann Scharfenberg, who traveled to Japan this summer to participate in an educational program at the Keizai Koho Center, brought a sample resolution to the New Richmond City Council on Monday night. Scharfenberg was one of 10 U.S. educators to participate in this year's Keizai Koho Center Fellowships Program.
Step into the back yard of Eric and Ytmar Crandall's home and your blood pressure immediately drops a few points. The New Richmond residential lot, over the course of just 11 years, has been transformed into a beautiful resting place for visitors and the home's owners to leave their worries behind. Flowers bloom in every corner of the yard, and comfortable seating areas dominate the fenced property. "We spend a lot of time in the afternoons and evenings back here," Ytmar said. Lots of people drive by the Crandall's home to enjoy the beautifully decorated porch, planted containers and hangi
An official with Arm & Hammer paid a recent visit to Harry Odone, the gentleman who is restoring the British Fairey Gannet airplane at the New Richmond Regional Airport. Delia Downes, product manager with Church & Dwight Co. Inc., stopped by the local hangar on Thursday, Sept. 8, to get a first-hand look at the progress Odone is making. Arm & Hammer is among a handful of companies that are supporting the ongoing restoration effort. Odone is using ARMEX, a baking soda material used to air blast surfaces clean in preparation for eventual repainting.