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Mary Mettler is hoping for a miracle. The 30-year resident of New Richmond underwent a bone marrow transplant Feb. 18 at the University of Minnesota hospitals. Mettler was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in September. She was treated with chemotherapy in the weeks leading up to the eventual transplant. The fact that she received the transplant is a miracle in itself. Doctors usually reject potential transplant patients who are 56 years old or more. Mettler turned 56 on Feb. 27. Doctors also found a "perfect" match for the bone marrow donor.
As the real estate market continues to stagnate, builders are trying new ways to sell homes. One of the latest trends is one-day auctions, where a block of homes is put up for sale with no set minimum price. The unusual sales technique has grown in popularity during these tough economic times. Auction sales of new homes increased by more than 5 percent last year. One month from now, seven western Wisconsin homes will be included in an auction sale being conducted by MW Johnson.
A New Richmond man has been awarded a $19,462 judgment in a federal copyright infringement case. Chris Gregerson took Vilana Financial, Inc. and Vilana Realty, Inc. to court more than two years ago after he discovered the Minnesota company had allegedly used two of his photographs in advertising without permission. The case was the subject of a trial on Nov. 5, 2007. The judge's ruling was announced Feb.
New Richmond's Front Porch Project will take center stage at the International Symposium 2008 in Ottawa, Canada at the end of April and early May. Patrick Overton, director of the Front Porch Institute, will be talking about the successful project in New Richmond with those interested in the topic of community building and cultural development. Parks and Recreation Director Joe Kerlin will be a part of the presentation as well, talking about the Front Porch process and the resulting fund-raising efforts surrounding Hatfield Lake Regional Park and other cooperative efforts. The "Creative Con
The manure from the Turkey Store Company's farm near New Richmond is making western Minnesota homes a little brighter. Since last June, the farm along County Road A has been shipping tons of "turkey litter" to an electrical generation plant in Benson, Minn. The litter includes a combination of turkey manure and bedding material, such as wood chips, feathers, seed shells and spilled feed. The Benson plant, which was constructed by Fibrowatt Ltd., a British corporation, currently burns 500,000 tons of turkey litter a year along with 100,000 to 200,000 tons of crops and/or agricultural wastes.
In the cow world, Velcro is an MVB (most valuable bovine). Velcro is a three-year-old Holstein owned by Henk and Bonnie Van Dyk of rural New Richmond. A few days ago, the Van Dyks learned that Velcro had earned "All American" status at a recent national competition, sponsored by Holstein World magazine. This was the 82nd year that Holstein World has conducted the All-American contest, with a panel of judging selecting winners in 16 different age classes and three group classes.
A new non-profit group has officially organized to help improve the St. Croix County fairgrounds in Glenwood City. The Friends of the St. Croix County Fairplex is made up of four board members -- President Chris Libbey of New Richmond, Vice President Dick Sullwold of Emerald, Lori Mueller of Roberts and Jackie Henderson-Kumm of New Richmond. The group organized so that donations for fairground improvements can be claimed as a tax deduction by donors.
Valentine's Day will be extra special for Allison Pendergast and Randy Sullwold. Thanks to an online contest on KDWB's Web site, the couple has won an all-expenses-paid wedding package at the Mall of America. "It's definitely very exciting," said Pendergast, a 2001 graduate of New Richmond High School. "We're trying to get as many details figured out as quickly as possible so we don't get stressed out." The big day is fast approaching, however. Pendergast and Sullwold will be married at the Chapel of Love at the Mall of America at 7 a.m. Feb.
Three guys from Wisconsin didn't get any star treatment at the Super Bowl on Sunday, even though they deserved some recognition. Gene Cox, Jim Drill and Chuck Polfus of New Richmond, Wis. paid $700 each for the privilege of sitting in the nose-bleed seats at Glendale, Ariz. They purchased the tickets just over an hour before game time, causing more than a small case of nerves among the New Richmondites. The Patriots-Giants contest on the field marked the 42nd Super Bowl in a row the trio has attended.
My sister wanted to become a Mormon. Not that she'd had a religious epiphany that changed her life in the early 1970s. She was in love with Donny Osmond, like thousands of other young girls who swooned when the young singer first hit the music scene. My sister figured her odds of becoming Mrs. Donny were greatly enhanced if she converted to the Osmond family's religious denomination. As she waited for her opportunity to sweep Donny off his feet, my sister and her friends constructed an Osmond shrine in our dark, two-car garage.