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This year's Fun Fest has a lot more on its plate than previous years. With the addition of kids' games and inflatable amusements at the festival grounds, families will be able to hang out at the community gathering longer and not have to spend an arm and a leg in the process. A petting zoo and an expanded music line-up will also liven things up at the Fun Fest grounds across from WITC and St. Croix Press. The American Legion Post is zipping up its offerings to "put a little life into the north side," said member John Johnston.
A tug-o-war over the sale of a dilapidated home in New Richmond was decided after the state awarded the city $70,000 to fix up the place. At the regular New Richmond City Council meeting Monday, Jessa Nelson, city housing coordinator, reported that the city was awarded an additional $400,000 in grant monies for its new low- and moderate-income housing program. The city initially received under $250,000 to start a program offering no-interest loans to homeowners who wanted to upgrade their houses.
Everybody loves a parade, but can they find it? Russ Korpela, New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, admits there might be some confusion with this year's Fun Fest parade plans. The annual event has been moved to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15, instead of the traditional Sunday time slot. The parade route has also been shifted off of Knowles Avenue, due to road construction issues. The parade will follow a route down East Sixth Street, north on South Arch Avenue, and east of East Third Street.
Russ Korpela paints a promising picture for the future of Fun Fest in New Richmond. As he stands on the new grounds for the annual community festival, the executive director of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically explains the planned lay-out. "Once people see it, they'll come to appreciate how much nicer it sets up than city streets," Korpela says. "Green grass is better than city streets. It will encourage people to come to the festival and stay longer." The midway of rides, provided by Christman Amusements, will sit in the St.
State law changes may force New Richmond to change its park fee policy for new development. In the past, the city has charged about $950 for each new home to help cover the cost of new parks and park development.
So much for trying to do the right thing. Jason Pape, president of New Richmond Transport, wanted to secure financing for his local business but the loan process uncovered a problem with his property. Seems the company's maintenance shop, which has been home to a variety of businesses since the 1970s, was never properly zoned nor was a conditional use permit ever issued. As a result, Pape's attorney Nick Vivian said, the company approached the city to see what could be done about the situation. Their hope was that the city would amend its ordinance to allow for a conditional use permit in
The City of New Richmond is willing to limit potential growth for the next 20 years if surrounding townships will cooperate with its planning goals. For the past year, officials with the city and representatives from the towns of Richmond, Stanton, Star Prairie and Erin Prairie have been meeting periodically to negotiate possible joint boundary agreements. City officials met with the town boards of Richmond and Star Prairie again last week. Significant progress appeared to be made with Star Prairie representatives.
Bosch brought its 100th birthday party to New Richmond on Friday. Bosch, a German-owned company, purchased the local packaging manufacturer Doboy Industries in 2004, making it a part of the $50 billion business. Worldwide, Bosch has been celebrating its centennial at various gatherings. The New Richmond event included information about the local 140-year history of Doboy.
For 27 years, she's been the initial contact person for many residents doing business with the New Richmond Police Department. But as of Friday, June 30, Bonnie McDermott is ending her career as a full-time secretary for the department. "It's all been great," McDermott said about her job during in an interview Friday. "I enjoy working.
John Hackbarth has been counting down the days leading to retirement for months, but the wait is finally over. The interim administrator at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New Richmond will leave his post on Friday.