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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.
City officials are evaluating four proposals to develop all or a portion of prime commercial property across from Wal-Mart. The land has been the subject of lengthy debate for many months.
Decades after being wounded in France, World War II veteran Wally Olien of New Richmond is getting some well-deserved recognition. Thanks to the efforts of his friend, Tom Quinlan, Olien is awaiting a special package from the U.S. Army. Inside the box will be 10 military medals, including the prestigious Bronze Star. "I don't know what to think about it all," he said. "I wasn't even going to pursue it, but Tom Quinlan grabbed the ball and ran with it.
Wal-Mart in New Richmond was evacuated following an afternoon bomb threat Monday. Store employees and customers were told to exit the building, and police and emergency personnel helped to secure and search the building. Employees gathered in a corner of the parking lot, while the police investigation began. Store management instructed the associates to stay close by until the store re-opened. According to Jerry Cody, lieutenant with the New Richmond Police Department, the local store received one telephone call indicating a bomb would go off at 3 p.m.
Three homes on East Hughes and North Green streets are not where they're supposed to be. According to New Richmond Building Inspector John Frisco, the property lines in the neighborhood are all messed up.
Fred Horne proudly displays a red, white and blue flag at his New Richmond home. This one's a little different from the American flags displayed at most homes in town. This three-star flag tells passersby that three of Horne's children currently serve in the U.S. military. "I've always encouraged my kids to live their own lives," Horne said. "This is the choice that they've made.
More than a couple people were perplexed by the frequent sounding of the emergency sirens in New Richmond Thursday. None was more confused than Chuck Mehls, chairman of the Emergency Management and Communications Committee for the St.