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My sister wanted to become a Mormon. Not that she'd had a religious epiphany that changed her life in the early 1970s. She was in love with Donny Osmond, like thousands of other young girls who swooned when the young singer first hit the music scene. My sister figured her odds of becoming Mrs. Donny were greatly enhanced if she converted to the Osmond family's religious denomination. As she waited for her opportunity to sweep Donny off his feet, my sister and her friends constructed an Osmond shrine in our dark, two-car garage.
Three guys from Wisconsin didn't get any star treatment at the Super Bowl on Sunday, even though they deserved some recognition. Gene Cox, Jim Drill and Chuck Polfus of New Richmond, Wis. paid $700 each for the privilege of sitting in the nose-bleed seats at Glendale, Ariz. They purchased the tickets just over an hour before game time, causing more than a small case of nerves among the New Richmondites. The Patriots-Giants contest on the field marked the 42nd Super Bowl in a row the trio has attended.
Valentine's Day will be extra special for Allison Pendergast and Randy Sullwold. Thanks to an online contest on KDWB's Web site, the couple has won an all-expenses-paid wedding package at the Mall of America. "It's definitely very exciting," said Pendergast, a 2001 graduate of New Richmond High School. "We're trying to get as many details figured out as quickly as possible so we don't get stressed out." The big day is fast approaching, however. Pendergast and Sullwold will be married at the Chapel of Love at the Mall of America at 7 a.m. Feb.
It's not often that a plumber is party to a small miracle. Their job is usually down and dirty, and success is often measured simply by newly restored water flow. When Allen Lewerer, co-owner of Mr. Rooter of St. Croix County was dispatched to a New Richmond home Jan.
Pamela Peterson went shopping for new clothes Monday and a television crew came along. Since her initial appearance on the Rachael Ray Show more than a year ago, the Star Prairie resident still hasn't gotten used to all the attention. Her unique diet and exercise plan caught the attention of Ray, a syndicated food show star whose shows appear on the Food Network and locally on Channel 11 at 2 p.m.
At exactly 4:23 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, Jim and Sandy Helman will light the fuses on 27 rockets at their family's land in rural Barron. As the skies explode with sound and sparkling fireworks displays, friends and family members who are assembled there will pause to remember Cory Helman. The 27-year-old Navy Petty Officer First Class died a year ago at that exact time in a helicopter training exercise above the Pacific waters off the coast of California. Three others died in the accident as well. "We wanted to do something to show that Cory is not forgotten," Jim Helman said.
It's a confusing maze of alphabet soup to those unfamiliar with the region's economic development organizations. But the New Richmond City Council is hoping to navigate the long list of non-profit agencies (the EDC, NRAEDC, St.
Planning for the third annual Art & Culinary Show is well underway. The 2008 event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Richmond, is set for Sunday, April 20. The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. at R&D Catering facility south of New Richmond. "No year is ever going to be the same," said Jo Wrich, one of the show's organizers. "We're going to switch it up." The biggest change this year will be holding the show on Sunday.
Ox Cart Days in Star Prairie are in for big changes in 2008. According to Tom Gibson, Ox Cart Committee member, local organizers hope the changes breathe new life into the local celebration. This year's version of Ox Cart Days is planned for Aug.
The accolades continue to roll in for Julie Moffitt, the New Richmond High School graduate who is striving to make a name for herself in the music industry. Moffitt was among 60 singers, musical groups, dancers and comedians to compete in an recent finals competition from Austin, Texas. Out of five finalists in the singer-songwriter category, Moffitt was the top vote getter in the contest. Her victory was announced online on Dec. 13. Moffitt, who now hails from Chicago, won $10,000 in prize money as a result. "I got involved in FameCast on a whim," Moffitt said.