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Garden Expressions is a sweet-smelling, quiet place along Highway 65 north of New Richmond. The nursery, opened recently by Jonna Zehm of Star Prairie, is selling hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, vegetable bedding plants, herbs and more. "I try to have different things than you'd find at Wal-Mart," Zehm said, "to try and compete.
ACE is on patrol in St. Croix County. The 17-month-old German Shepherd has joined the Sheriff's Department as the newest K-9 unit member. He and his handler, Deputy Josh Stenseth, just finished a 12-week training program in St. Paul. They graduated from the course last Thursday. "It's rigorous training," Stenseth said. "It was a blast.
Three surprise visitors spent the day in Doreen and Dennis Germain's backyard Friday. A black bear and her two cubs stopped by for the visit around 10 p.m. Thursday and stuck around for most of the next day. "The dogs started barking, and the sow must have sent the cubs up the tree," Doreen said. "I came out and saw her and started screaming. Then she ran up the tree." Had she not been protecting the cubs, the mother bear likely would have run away. Instead she found a perch just below her babies to defend them. "We didn't know the cubs were up there until later," Doreen said.
You can chalk it up to the call of the snowbirds. Bev Beuning, veteran Spanish language teacher at New Richmond High School, is retiring after 26 years here. "I really struggled with deciding when to retire, because I love what I do," she said in a recent interview.
Denise Albrecht has never met her new daughter-in-law, Crystal. But now, almost a year after the wedding, the two will finally get a chance to exchange a hug this weekend, but under less-than-ideal circumstances. Crystal is flying in from her home in Alaska to attend husband Jesse Albrecht's funeral service in Glenwood City. "What a way to meet," Denise said in an interview Monday. Family members say that U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Albrecht (Pollei), 31, was killed in Iraq May 17 in a roadside bomb attack. According to the U.S.
Developers hoping to build in New Richmond now have an incentive to hurry. The New Richmond City Council unanimously approved a plan Monday to roll back its fees to help spark more building in the community. "What the council is really trying to do is stimulate the market," said Robert Barbian, director of planning and economic development. During its regular meeting, the Council cut the city's water impact fee by 50 percent for new homes.
The past year at St. Croix County Health Center has been a challenge, what with talk of St. Croix County selling the facility and fines related to a recent death investigation. Last week, however, employees at the New Richmond nursing home received a huge confidence boost. Four inspectors with the Department of Quality Assurance from Eau Claire stopped by May 7 for a surprise state inspection.
Lyle Kellaher was among a handful of onlookers who stopped by to see a New Richmond landmark finally come in for a landing. Kellaher was one of five Legion members who, in the late 1960s, acquired a decommissioned Air Force T-33 aircraft from Truax Field in Madison. "They gave it to us," Kellaher said of the aircraft. The airplane was transported to New Richmond in three pieces by Kellaher, Bill Parent, Lee Steinberger, Wally Olien and Warren Bader. The plane was eventually re-assembled and mounted on three steel poles in front of the American Legion hall on High Street.
The new Sesquicentennial fountain in the Mill Pond in downtown New Richmond has provided a considerable "Wow" factor for motorists passing by. When the fountain is lit up at night, it really provides quite a display. Congratulations to all those who had a hand in its placement. It is much more impressive than many of us thought it would be. *** The News is trying to innovate on the fly, especially on our Web site www.newrichmond-news.com . This week, we have a brand new feature called "Soundslides," which is a multimedia presentation that includes pictures and sound.
Local restaurant lovers can now experience authentic Mexican food in their own backyard. Garibaldi's has opened at 228 Paperjack Drive, New Richmond, across from Pamida. They've been open for three weeks. The restaurant owners are Jesus and Dania Saavedra and Francisco and Liliana Perez-Frenandez. A total of 11 employees work at Garibaldis. "There is not a Mexican restaurant here and I think they need one," Jesus Saavedra said of his reason for opening in New Richmond. Saavedra and Perez-Fernandez have both worked in authentic Mexican restaurants in the past, most recently in River Falls.