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A downtown New Richmond bar will be shut down 20 days over the next several months after several ordinance violations. Possible suspension of The Locker Room's liquor license was on the agenda for a special City Council meeting June 25. A hearing on the matter was the first item on the agenda, but discussion surrounding the license dispute was delayed as Police Chief Mark Samelstad, attorney Michael Brose and Locker Room owner Joseph Skaar tried to negotiate a settlement. When the parties finally came together in front of the City Council an hour into the meeting, Samelstad said everyone ha
A psychiatrist friend recently sat down with Clay "Wildman" Gallagher to find out what made him tick. Wildman apparently defied clinical description in many ways. "She said I have no fear, which isn't always a good thing," Gallagher said with a laugh. For a part-time stunt performer, fear is something that gets in the way of a good show. Gallagher, 42, has no time for fear. "I love the adrenaline rush that you get when you do a stunt -- whether it's driving 90 miles per hour through a camper or rolling cars over or getting set on fire," he explained.
A five-foot statue of a tornado may soon be a permanent fixture in Glover Park in New Richmond. Talk of a special memorial began to swirl during last year's 150th anniversary of the establishment of New Richmond. Many suggested an eventual statue should somehow commemorate the event that changed New Richmond forever -- the 1899 cyclone that wiped out much of the community. "People have asked why we would want to celebrate a time when so many lives were lost," said Jerry Brown, economic development director for the City and a driving force behind the statue and time capsule project.
Something's got to go -- the power line or the trees. That's the message St. Croix Electric officials have delivered to Arvid and Mona Flanum of rural New Richmond. St. Croix Electric has indicated that large pines trees on the Flanum's property have to be removed immediately, or the couple has to pay to have an overhead power line on their property buried. The trees have grown up and engulfed power lines that provide electricity to the neighborhood. Trees in contact with power lines have been causing power outages on a too-frequent basis, and St.
Plans for a Sesquicentennial time capsule and a Cyclone Memorial are still progressing. The idea for the project was generated last year during the 150th birthday celebration of New Richmond.
Railroad crossings in New Richmond will get some upgrades, if the City Council has its way. Mayor David Schnitzler said City officials have met with the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads seeking improvements. The City Council Monday unanimously approved a resolution officially asking for action by the state. The railroad crossings at 140th Street, County Road K, Washington and First Street and Mary Park would get new lights and drop-down gates if the state agrees.
The area's newest siding and roofing company expects to be pretty busy after recent storms damaged local homes and businesses. Ultimate Exteriors opened for business about a month ago, offering homeowners help with roofing, siding, gutters and decking. The owner, Tom Peterson, is no stranger to the community. He's president of the Star Prairie Lion's Club and has worked in construction locally for many years. "I've been in the construction business all my life," Peterson said.
Water could be more expensive in New Richmond come July 1. The New Richmond Municipal Water Utility has filed for a rate increase with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. If approved, the rate adjustment calls for a two-stage bump upward. The first step would be a 23 percent increase. The second bump would result in a 41 percent hike in the current rate. For a typical residential customer, who uses 5,000 gallons of water per month, the current $18.10 rate will increase to $22.45.