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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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