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After months of work, the New Richmond News has released its historic picture book, "New Richmond, Wisconsin: The First 150 Years." Early reviews of the book have been positive. We tried to include a lot of interesting photographs and information about the city's history. Variety was the key to a lot of our editorial decisions. A crew of amateur researchers spent weeks looking through old copies of the local newspaper to come up with stories from New Richmond's past. We were happy with the end results. If you'd like to pick up a book, stop by the News office.
It was all about Dale Jr. at Cedar Lake Speedway Thursday night. Well, maybe it wasn't all about the popular NASCAR driver, but it was pretty much an Earnhardt love fest for the evening. As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the local dirt race track sponsored a NASCAR night for thousands of fans under beautiful blue skies. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
It's an idea that apparently won't die. About two years ago, local officials began discussing the future plans for the New Richmond School District's undersized and aging Middle School facility. Because the city is in need of expanded library space to meet growing demand for service, some thought the building could be converted for community use. At the time, school officials weren't ready to give up the site because voters had yet to approve new and larger buildings for students. Now that residents have approved a new high school and elementary school, along with renovations to existing s
Jeff Schroeder had an incredibly memorable Father's Day. June 17 was the day the local first grade teacher finally returned to his New Richmond home after 16 months of active duty with the Minnesota Army National Guard. He was in Afghanistan for more than a year during that period. Schroeder's wife, Nancy, and their two children, Emily and Colin, were understandably glad to see him again. "I'm glad to be back," Schroeder said in an interview Thursday.
Like a rose blooming after a winter's slumber, Wildflowers Floral & Gift has suddenly blossomed in a new downtown location. Owner Patty Richardson jumped at the chance to move her shop to 258 South Knowles after Nature's Pantry closed. "We love it here," she said in an interview Thursday. "The location was key.
As co-owner of the Old Gem Theater in New Richmond, Rick Coleman is used to offering eye-popping entertainment. And while Coleman's latest major production has nothing to do with spotlights and scripts, he is hoping to "wow" a new kind of audience. Coleman has purchased the Copy Center, previously located on Paperjack Drive, and reopened in retail space behind Subway restaurant on Knowles Avenue. "I think it's a much better location here," Coleman said.
New Richmond will grow by 142 acres, if a plan to annex land near the airport is eventually approved. A petition from Steve and Christy Wickenhauser of Star Prairie Township has been presented to the city to move some of their property into the city limits. A public hearing on the matter is set for July 5 at the next Plan Commission meeting. According to Robert Barbian, the city's director of planning and economic development, the parcel is east of County Road CC and north of the New Richmond Regional Airport.
Tony Yelich has a lengthy criminal rap sheet that includes convictions for auto theft, bank fraud and resisting arrest. He figures he's had about 30 felony convictions in all. He was never charged with drug trafficking, although he now readily admits that dealing was part of his criminal past. Today, however, the Eagle, Wis. resident has turned over a new leaf. He credits the New Richmond-based "Free" Inside/Out Ministries, Inc. for helping him find a new path in life. "It's given me a role model to follow," he said.
A familiar face is featured on the cover of the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College's new summer magazine. Jamie Gibson, owner of Gibby's Lanes in New Richmond, is among a handful of people featured in a story about WITC graduates who own their own business. In the story, Gibson tells of his lifelong goal of owning a bowling center, and how his education prepared him for the planning and implementation stages of opening a new venture. Other WITC graduates featured include business owners from Ashland, Wis.
A small group of residents gathered last week to mark a somber anniversary. Last Tuesday, June 12, was the 108th year since the deadly 1899 cyclone destroyed most of New Richmond and killed 117 people. But the gathering at downtown's Glover Park had more to do with the city's future than its past.