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John Garrity reached inside a cloth bag and pulled out a beautifully crafted wooden box, placing it on the ground near a similarly-sized hole. Here, on a cemetery plot behind Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond, a Friday funeral service would bring the life and death of a man full circle.
Speed is important to have the best chance to survive a heart attack. New Richmond Postmaster Joe Bolder found that out last week, when he suffered a major attack while at work. "I wasn't an impressive health specimen, but I wasn't unhealthy either," Bolder said as he prepared to leave United Hospital last Thursday. "It was a huge wake-up call for me." Bolder, 52, started out his work day May 19 with what he thought was indigestion. He popped a few antacid tablets and eventually the pain in his chest went away. "I didn't have some of the classic symptoms," he said.
Lynn Forrest couldn't believe the surprise gift he received in the mail May 3. Inside a registered letter from Atlanta was a Navy dog tag he'd lost more than 40 years ago. "I was kind of shocked," said Forrest, who owns and operates Forrest Bobcat Service in New Richmond. "I didn't remember losing one, but that was a long time ago.
Area businesses are looking for information from New Richmond area residents about their spending habits. The New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce will mail out several thousand consumer surveys on Friday, May 16, to kick off the second phase of an extensive retail research project. Chamber Executive Director Russ Korpela urges all who receive a survey to take 15 minutes to complete it and send it in promptly. About one out of every three households in the 54017 zip code will be asked to participate. "We wanted the sample size to be large enough to give us significant data," Korpela said.
Better organized camping may be on the horizon around the Cedar Lake Speedway and Sandbox Arena complex. A proposal is being considered by the Town of Star Prairie Board and St. Croix County for a 50- to 70-site campground on the properties. Camping has taken place on Cedar Lake's land for years, particularly when the race track had special events or big race weekends.
For more than a decade, Mike Evans has helped Faith Community Church grow into a significant spiritual force in New Richmond. Now he's being asked to share the tips he's learned on how to start new churches with spiritual leaders across Europe. "I think we'll see God work in powerful ways," he said. "There's a network of churches that want to gear up for church planting." Evans and his wife, Jill, will begin a three-month sabbatical May 13. They will travel to Frankfurt, Germany and take up temporary residence in an apartment there.
New Richmond took to the international stage last week. Patrick Overton, consultant with the community's Front Porch Project, was a featured presenter at the Creative Construct International Symposium in Ottawa, Canada. The event was sponsored by Simon Fraser University's "Centre of Expertise on Culture and Communities," in collaboration with the city of Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. About 80 of the symposium's 250 registered participants took in the session, which highlighted the Front Porch work in New Richmond and Brigham City, Utah.
Elected officials had hopes to improve 140th Street in the Town of Richmond prior to the expected opening of the new elementary school this fall. But the plans for the project are on hold following an unexpected hitch in negotiations between the City and the Richmond Town Board. According to New Richmond Mayor David Schnitzler, officials believed they had reached an agreement on the cost sharing for the project about two months ago. "We agreed and shook hands with the Town of Richmond," he said. But when the Richmond Town Board met earlier in April, the supervisors voted unanimously to rej
For 28 years, Ron Eichstaedt spent his working career serving St. Croix County's special needs population. But now Eichstaedt is moving into retirement, and leaving behind dozens of clients and employees who are thankful for his dedication to the job. A retirement open house was held Friday, April 25, at St. Croix Industries in honor of Eichstaedt. Cake and punch were served. Eichstaedt was presented with a giant, hand-made greeting card with the words "The Big Guy is Retiring" emblazoned on the front.
One of the region's oldest historic landmarks will soon be moving to Texas. The old Horse Creek store, on the corner of County Road M and County Road X in rural Star Prairie, has been around since sometime between 1860-1870. Rustic Innovations of Scandia, Minn.