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The New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its new community visitor center. The Chamber's downtown office, at 235 South Knowles, has been transformed from a functional office space into a more effective overall center for use by area residents and tourists alike. When the Chamber moved to its new location a year ago, Executive Director Russ Korpela said it was obvious some changes were needed. "It didn't require a whole lot of renovations to get the doors open," he said.
New Richmond's Ethics Committee hadn't met in more than 30 years. Rick Cooper, who was appointed to the New Richmond panel under former Mayor James Casey in the 1970s, couldn't remember that they'd ever met in all that time. So it was an unusual circumstance when the group finally met face to face last Tuesday, Nov. 20.
The ongoing debate over the future of an aging commercial building in New Richmond ended up in St. Croix County Court Thursday. In a hearing before Judge Edward Vlack, property owners Vernon and Carolyn Borst of rural Somerset continued their effort to save their building located at 648 West Fourth Street in New Richmond. Final arguments are slated for Dec. 13 at 10 a.m.
A plan to expand the Econofoods grocery store in New Richmond is getting favorable reviews. That's in contrast to a similar proposal five years ago that eventually was stopped by the City. Nash Finch representatives attended last Thursday's meeting of the Economic Development Commission to unveil their initial ideas. Melanie Clement, director of construction and engineering for Nash Finch, owner of the New Richmond store, said plans call for a 10,000-square-foot expansion of the building.
Some unwanted visitors in Bette Stephens' garage completed a huge construction project over the summer. Stephens noticed a large number of wasps or bees around her garage during the late fall and eventually saw a huge grey blob inside one window. When she got closer, Stephens discovered that bees had created a large hive on the wall and window frame. "I noticed it about a month ago," she said. "It was huge and there were bees all over." Stephens decided to leave the hive alone until the fall freeze.
When "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" celebrates its 100th episode Sunday, Nov. 25, a New Richmond company will be part of the celebration. Balsam Millworks Moulding & Lumber, a custom wood products manufacturer located in the industrial park, played a small role in the filming of that landmark program. The two-hour special was originally filmed this summer in Minnetonka, Minn.
Customers stopping at Kwik Trip in New Richmond may not have such a quick trip to that convenience store any more. That's because the business has expanded considerably and offers more products and services to entice customers. For about two years, Kwik Trip officials have been working on plans to expand and improve their store at 124 Paperjack Drive. But the project stalled for several months as Kwik Trip sought a liquor license from the city in order to sell beer and wine. "Beer was our number one requested item," said Dwayne Maier, store manager.
The construction of the New Richmond area community's "front porch" is well underway. That's the message from Patrick Overton, consultant with the Front Porch Institute hired by the community to reintroduce civility in the public debate. Overton claims civility has disappeared in many communities across the U.S. He says New Richmond's challenges are just one example of how communities lose their neighborliness and, in effect, destroy their "front porch." Few will argue that relationships among city, township and school district officials were severely strained two years ago.
Kathleen Fredrickson had a "yee haw" moment when she hiked among the mountain peaks of Glacier National Park this summer. "I didn't know if I'd be able to do it," she confided during an interview at her rural New Richmond home. "Without God's intervention, I wouldn't be here as I am today. I really want to make sure God is praised through all this." The thankfulness may be a little hard for many to understand.
Our receptionist was startled by a loud thud against the front window of our office Friday afternoon. After a short shriek, she stood up and discovered the source of the disturbance. An immature hawk had hunted down a rather large pigeon along Knowles Avenue, but the unfortunate bird was too big for the hungry hawk to handle. As the hawk continued its grasp on its prey along the sidewalk, you could see it wondering what to do next. Eventually someone in our office frightened the hawk away, in an effort to save the poor pigeon.