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Opponents and backers of a plan to expand New Richmond's liquor license quota came out in force Monday, ready for the City Council to decide the fate of the controversial proposal. The two sides will have to wait a little while longer before a decision is made. Council members voted to table the ordinance change that would have allowed up to seven new Class "A" beer licenses and up to seven new "Class A" intoxicating liquor licenses in the city. An ad hoc committee, charged with studying the issue, is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m.
As if mirroring the region's transition from a farming community to a third-tier suburb, the Town of Star Prairie is about to abandon the old in favor of new. The finishing touches are being completed on the township's new town hall on Cook Drive. "It's been a lot of work," said Town Supervisor Steve Lewis. "But we're glad to see some closure to it." The Town Board is planning to conduct its first official meeting in the hall on Feb. 13.
New Richmond residents are learning how to communicate better. Author and consultant Patrick Overton, who is leading the community through a process called the New Richmond Area Front Porch Project, was in town earlier this week for meetings, training sessions and interviews. On Monday, Overton met with city officials and Greg Gibson, chairman of the Star Prairie Village Board.
It's important to think ahead, especially when it comes to future roads in and around New Richmond. That was the message that was delivered to a room full of township, county and city officials Jan.
Spring Point Project's new 21,000-square-foot bio-secure building will officially open in New Richmond Feb.
In a quiet residential neighborhood, Family Medical Surgical Center has been providing a health care alternative in New Richmond for the past 17 years. Now, as the community grows around it, the small clinic is adding to its staff to better meet the needs of patients. The most recent addition to the staff is Dr. Taylor Neff, a general practitioner who began seeing patients two weeks ago. Tracy Renn, a clinical nurse specialist, recently joined the staff as well. "We've been here for 17 years but we're almost like a secret in New Richmond," said Mary Kruschke, clinic office manager.
A 100-year-old New Richmond church welcomed a high-powered visitor last week. The Most Rev. Benjamin Nzimbi, archbishop of the 4.5-million-member Anglican Church of Kenya, Africa, stopped by Sts. Thomas & John Episcopal Church for a presentation, question-and-answer session and refreshments. About 35 church members and community members attended the gathering on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The tiny church was near capacity when the event began. "We have come to the United States so that we may be able to see you," Nzimbi told the group. "We have come here to encourage our brothers and sisters.
The New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce is changing colors. In an effort to better promote the community to visitors, potential residents and future businesses, the Chamber has unveiled a new logo and marketing program. Chamber members got their first look at the new artwork and promotional ideas at the organization's annual meeting Wednesday, Jan.
Life has a way of changing directions when we least expect it. Beau Peterson, rural New Richmond, knows that fact better than most. He is starting his own photography business out of his home basement studio, even though it was never in his long-range plans. Peterson was gainfully employed at Andersen Windows a few weeks back. After five years of working in the double-hung window area, he expected to make a career at the Bayport facility. But in December, Andersen's permanently laid off hundreds of workers.
Last year the St. Croix Art & Culinary Show was a pleasant surprise for those attending. This year, art and food lovers can hardly wait for the second annual event on April 21. The show, sponsored by the New Richmond Rotary Club, was such a hit in its inaugural year that organizers are expecting even bigger things in 2007. This year the event will be at the new R&D Banquet Hall, south of New Richmond. "People really took a risk by buying tickets last year," said Jo Wrich, one of the show's organizers. "They didn't know what they were going to get for their money.