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There was an uncomfortable pause in the middle of Monday's New Richmond City Council meeting. "We've painted ourselves into a corner here," Council member Fred Horne said. At issue was the concluding debate over the expansion of liquor licenses in the city.
Growing concern over pond scum has resulted in a big business coup for New Richmond. City officials approved the sale of 15 acres of industrial park land to Liquid Waste Technology (LWT) of Somerset recently. The company is the world's largest manufacturer of custom-designed dredging machines. The dredges are used for everything from lake weed harvesting to ocean shore clean-up.
Five Loaves Food Shelf could finally find a permanent home in New Richmond's Business and Technical Park or on other city land. The City Council Monday voted to donate an acre of land to Five Loaves for a possible new facility, if they can pulled together the necessary financing for the project. Mona Flanum, president of the Five Loaves Board of Directors, said she hopes the building will also eventually house offices for such groups as the United Way, TurningPoint and Family Means. "We do have some seed money to help us build a new building," Flanum said. "And the St.
New Richmond elementary students sat spellbound as Surrewan Puntong gracefully performed a dance from her native Thailand. Suddenly the youngsters were transformed to an exotic land far away. Puntong, who is known by her friends as Ching, uses such opportunities to share information about her homeland and her people. On this day in late March, Ching met with dozens of kids in an effort to increase their knowledge of the world around them. Ching was eventually bombarded by questions about her life in Thailand. "Do you eat shrimp? Do you have any brothers or sisters?
The New Richmond News is beginning work on a special book commemorating the 150th anniversary of our city. The book will be divided into individual years and decades as we tell the story of New Richmond's history through pictures and an extensive timeline. We've already tracked down and scanned numerous historical photos that local residents have. We expect to take advantage of the Heritage Center's collection, and a nice collection of local snapshots held by Friday Memorial Library.
Just two eligible municipalities in St. Croix County have declined to join a new regional business fund, which is gaining support throughout much of western Wisconsin. New Richmond and Hammond have both rejected the idea so far, concerned that by joining the group they will lose control over state-funded revolving loan monies they now hold. Hudson, Somerset and Woodville are among those communities who have jumped on board with the regional group. Seven counties, including St.
The owner of a la mode Salonspa in New Richmond has a new partner. Kris Hoff, Hudson, has joined Boni LaVelle as business partner in the local downtown salon and spa. Hoff, who owns and operates Bottom Line Bookkeeping, has been doing LaVelle's books for seven years. "I got real familiar with her business," Hoff said of her decision to partner with LaVelle. "Plus I have two kids in high school who swear they're going into cosmetology. So I decided to get into the business, and Boni is the one to do it with.
The New Richmond Fire Department received some great news last week. Thanks to the efforts of the department over the past decade, its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) rating has dropped considerably. The news is huge for commercial businesses in the communities, whose insurance premiums are based on ISO ratings, according to Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst.
New Richmond is starting to rebuild its community's front porch. After five months of work with consultant Patrick Overton, the New Richmond Area Front Porch Project is moving into stage two. After several months of data collection and community conversations, Overton will now help guide community leaders into some specific steps toward healing and future planning. Overton was in town last week to meet with committee meetings and conduct several worskhops on stress and burnout. His visit marks the end of phase one of the overall project. "It's been an extraordinary five months," he said.
Family and friends call her the "lost queen" of New Richmond. Delphene Berkholder was crowned the first Miss New Richmond in 1939 after competing in a pageant at the Gem Theater. Delphene's last name was Johnson back then, and she faced stiff competition for the title. Some 30 young women participated in that first "personality and beauty contest." "All the girls wanted to be in the contest," the 1940 New Richmond High School graduate said in an interview last week.