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Jeff Greening knows all too well how quickly life's circumstances can change. On Nov. 6, while Greening was working on a remodeling job in Stillwater, he accidentally sliced off the four fingers on his left hand with a Skil Saw. After nine hours of surgery, the fingers were reattached, but doctors warned Greening that he could eventually lose several of the appendages. Doctors also doubted Greening would be able to return to work for nine months. "I was devastated," he said in an interview Thursday. "All my life I've worked hard.
New scientific research into how a teenager's brain develops can provide a window into why young adults act the way they do. That's why New Richmond's YOUth and Families Initiative is bringing in Dr. David Walsh to speak Dec.
The New Richmond area "Love Baskets" project is underway. In its 20th year, Love Baskets provide area families in need with food, necessities and toys for the Christmas holidays. "It started as a way to make Christmas a little merrier for families in need, said program co-chair Beth Lybeck. Last year, the program served 155 families that live within the New Richmond School District or attend a New Richmond or Star Prairie church. "I've been involved with Love Baskets for about seven years," Lybeck said.
Gladys Cowley was perhaps the greatest interview I've ever conducted. Sure, the fact that I interviewed and did stories on Johnny Cash, Kirby Puckett and George Bush, Sr. sound more interesting to most folks. Those are the people most ask questions about when I talk about the highlights of my 25-year newspaper career. But it's Gladys and her one-room home on the shores of a northern Minnesota lake that sticks out in my mind when I think about the thousands of stories I've told the past couple decades. She came to mind this week after I talked with Dr.
The city will move ahead with a condemnation order to raze an aging commercial building at 648 West Fourth Street in New Richmond. The building's owner, Vernon Borst, applied for and paid a fee to appeal Building Inspector John Frisco's recent order to clean up or raze the structure. Neither Borst nor his attorney attended a scheduled Board of Appeals hearing Monday, Nov. 27, called to consider the matter. Board of Appeals members were perplexed by Borst's decision not to appear. "We've followed the due process in this," Frisco said.
Jerry Sullivan hired a tow truck Nov. 3 to haul away the pick-up he'd dropped off a year ago to be repaired by a local mechanic. The vehicle, Sullivan claims, is in worse shape than it was before. The Friday afternoon recovery effort was, by all accounts, the end of a long chapter in an ongoing battle over the truck. But it was by no means the end of the story. The truth behind the controversy is hard to pinpoint.
The Somerset School Board is looking at several policy changes that could alter the way they conduct business in the future. The Governance Committee has proposed several significant changes in existing policies. A key recommendation is to expand the district's fund balance to a minimum of 25 percent of its operating budget. "Then we can operate the district for the whole year without having to go out for borrowing," District Administrator Randy Rosburg said. Clerk Sharon Germain noted that, by avoiding borrowing, the district would save money on interest paid. Also, a higher fund balance
Five employees of the Somerset School District were honored by the School Board last week. Mark Barron, a tech education instructor, was chosen as the 2006-07 High School Teacher of the Year and was presented his award at the Nov. 20 board meeting. High School Principal Lynn Hudnall praised Barron for his dedicated service for the past 25 years.
The golf ball was sailing for the far edge of the water hazard. It was clear it wouldn't make it to shore. Luckily, it was the end of November in Wisconsin and the pond at Pine Meadows golf course had turned to ice. With a bounce off the frozen water on hole number 6, the ball settled on a safe piece of ground. It saved my round. Last Wednesday was a crazy day. The whole week, in fact, was strange weather for the days around the Thanksgiving holiday. Golfers wishing to extend the season ever so slightly packed Pine Meadows for one last round.
The operators of Anything Goes Salvage and Thrift are amazed at their early success. "The support out here has been huge," said Joe Dubak, operations manager at the store, as he walked past stacks of donated items. "We didn't realize it would take off this fast.