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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.
Gibby's Lanes could become a new summer hang-out for kids. Thanks to owner Jamie Gibson, the local bowling alley is offering one daily, free game of bowling and a free shoe rental to children 18 years and younger. "I've had some parents come up to me and say how excited they are about the new program," Gibson said. "They want to thank me, which is nice." The free offer runs on Mondays through Thursdays, May 5 through Sept. 1, anytime the lanes are open from 2 p.m. to closing. Kids can take advantage of the free game offer each and every day if they'd like.
Five motorcycle enthusiasts from Sweden arrived at St. Croix Harley-Davidson in New Richmond last week to pick up four motorcycles that will eventually be shipped back home. With the U.S. dollar so weak, the timing of the trip for the Swedish crew was perfect. They were able to purchase the new bikes and accessories at a much reduced price compared to Sweden. Andres Bjornberg, Haldun Kadfulk, Peter Johansson, Carina Johansson and Lars Ahlstrom have been planning their New Richmond adventure for months. By the weekend, the group was on the road along the Mississippi and then to Chicago.
More than 100 local people have had their license plates suspended due to unpaid parking tickets. The "who-cares" attitude of the motorists has New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad looking for ways to collect overdue fines. Beginning May 1, parking tickets will no longer be the bargain they are today. Motorists will have to pay a $10 fine if they violate two-hour parking zones, overnight parking restrictions, or any other parking rules. If the violator doesn't pay the fine in the first five days, the fine increases to $40.
Coronation for the new Miss Star Prairie is four months away, but Queen's Committee members are already recruiting candidates. According to Jenny Gibson, one of the eight local moms who make up the Queen's Committee, there have been some new twists added to the Miss Star Prairie effort this year. The most significant change is that winning royalty members will receive a $100 scholarship.
Larry Jorstad is headed north for a new career adventure. The senior pastor of First Lutheran Church in New Richmond has accepted a call to serve Evangelical Lutheran Church of America congregations in Bayfield and Cornucopia, Wis. April 20 will be the last Sunday at First Lutheran for Jorstad, who has served at the New Richmond church for about 10 years. An interim pastor, Lowell Bolstad, will start his duties April 21. As he packed up his church office, Jorstad reflected on his experiences in New Richmond.
What's old is new again at The Olde Fence Post in New Richmond. Sue Olson and Dena Salstrom have teamed up to open the business in the Creamery building in downtown New Richmond.