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An New Richmond student spent two weeks this summer as an international U.S. ambassador Down Under. Kaleb Kier, 11, was among 41 Twin Cities area youth chosen to participate in the Dwight D. Eisenhower "People to People" student ambassador program trip to Australia July 18-Aug. 2. "It was very fun," Kier said during an interview last Thursday.
A dedicated group of teenagers has been handing out justice in New Richmond for nearly a year. The Teen Court, which was established in October of 2005, has considered nine cases so far. The violations they've dealt with have ranged from alcohol use to disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle to tobacco use. New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad said he's been happy with the court and the young adults who serve as the prosecutors, jury and court officials. "The amount of effort the kids have put into this has really surprised me," he said.
A New Richmond nursing home is going through a major transformation. New Richmond Meadows, the former Signet Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, changed owners Aug. 1. The facility is now owned by a partnership consisting of Jack Halbleib (owner of Fall Creek Care Center) and George Samardich (owner of the Strum Nursing Home). They have hired former St. Croix Health Center administrator Carolyn Krieger to lead the facility into the future. She inherits a nursing home whose image has lagged in recent years.
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
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.