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A few people weren't happy that the New Richmond News was writing a story about Rick Montreal's current legal troubles. We understood their concern for a friend and co-worker.
Rick Montreal has made some bad choices and now he's living with the consequences. The New Richmond High School boys' basketball coach and sixth grade teacher is serving a minimum of 60 days at the St. Croix County Jail. Each school day, he's released from his jail cell to travel to his job at the Middle School. When he's done for the day, he returns to jail in Hudson. His incarceration is the result of two driving under the influence convictions from the summer of 2007.
A New Richmond man is at the forefront of high-tech innovation that could eventually change the way many small businesses operate. Shawn Crist, information technology manager for Premier Pontoons of Wyoming, Minn., reports that his company is one of 20 in the world that are testing Microsoft Corporation's new Windows Small Business Server 2008. The server, which will likely hit the marketplace in the fall of 2008, replaces one which many small- and medium-sized businesses currently use -- Small Business Server 2003. Premier, which employs 220 people and manufactures about 2,500 pontoons a y
The City Beautiful has received recognition for its dedication to trees. The Arbor Day Foundation has named New Richmond as a Tree City USA community. It is the first time the city has received the national recognition. "We're very happy we got the Tree City award," said Joe Kerlin, director of parks and recreation. "We've been working toward this for some time.
The first dredge is rolling off the assembly line at the new Liquid Waste Technology (LWT) plant in New Richmond. The event could be viewed as the first of many success stories the company expects to create locally. LWT moved from its previous location in Somerset to a new 45,500-square-foot plant west of New Richmond's Wal-Mart. And even though they just moved in over the past month, the company is poised to start an expansion project this spring. James Pflueger, LWT general manager, said an additional 37,500 square feet of production space will be added to the facility over the next few
Pit bull dogs don't have a great reputation these days. But a rural Star Prairie dog's heroic efforts may just give the breed a much needed public relations boost. Cisco, a 102-pound, 4-year-old pit bull, was taken outside to relieve himself at about 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, by his owner's girlfriend. Martha Sorrells was home alone at the time and knew the dog needed to do his duty. But when Sorrells stepped on an icy patch in the back yard, she slipped and broke her right foot. "I just had on some thin sleep pants and a T-shirt," Sorrells said.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond campus administrator Joe Huftel lost his hair Thursday. But it was all for a good cause. Huftel had challenged the staff at the New Richmond school to increase its share of donations to the WITC foundation fund, which supplies monies for student scholarships. The staff met the challenge, thanks in part to increased donations from First National Community Bank of New Richmond and Irv and Mary Sather. So Huftel, and a crowd of students and staff, showed up at 11:30 Thursday (March 13) to witness the hair shaving incident.
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.
Paul Branch has devoted years to the service of his community's residents. Now it's payback time. A 13-year veteran of the New Richmond Fire Department, Branch was diagnosed with leukemia Dec. 10, 2007. Family, friends and fellow firefighters are planning a special benefit to help Branch cover some of his medical expenses resulting from the bone marrow transplant he received Feb. 12. The event is planned for 1-5 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Ready Randy's, south of New Richmond. Live music will be provided by the band Good Time Willie.
The current federal rating system can make it appear that motorists are in danger as they cross some bridges in St.