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Greg Franko isn't too worried about the bumps and bruises that will inevitably come out in the real world. The New Richmond High School graduating senior is used to a bumpy ride. Since he was 4-years-old, Franko has been riding farm animals for the thrill of it. "Rodeo has been in my family since my mom," Franko explained. "My mom did other rodeo events, and my sisters and brothers have done rodeo." Traveling to rodeos across the region turned out to be a good training ground for Franko.
Despite occasional rain showers, more than 20 block parties in and around New Richmond were held Saturday. More than a few groups were forced to move indoors, dampening the spirits of some. But most of the parties I stopped at were filled with folks who were thrilled to have the chance to get to know their neighbors better. One party had a potluck spread that could have fed a small army, and the aroma wafting out of the protective canopy was incredibly inviting. Another group had a short neighborhood parade, and participants dressed for the weather or carried an umbrella. Organizers for t
The biggest group of New Richmond Middle School students ever to take part in the annual trip to Washington, D.C. returned home with memories to last a lifetime. Fifty students, along with three teacher-chaperones and the mothers of three students, returned from their April 22-23 adventure. Middle School teacher Vicki Cobian, who has now planned seven trips for eighth graders, said this year's group was the best behaved and respectful group to travel to the nation's capitol. The group of travelers encountered a few problems on the trip, however.
New Richmond neighborhoods are ready to party. Families and individuals across New Richmond will gather Saturday at several dozen block parties in the community. The parties come on the heels of Mayor David Schnitzler's proclamation designating May 13 as "Get to know your neighbor" Day.
Fun Fest is on the move. The New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce and its executive director Russ Korpela are working on plans to revitalize what they feel is a dying community celebration. At Monday's New Richmond City Council meeting, Korpela outlined some of the proposed changes to the annual mid-July gathering. Korpela reported that Fun Fest is in a "significant life cycle downswing" after 50 years of existence. The celebration, which has been held downtown for many years, lacks cohesiveness, he said.
Soft music plays in the background while the sound of water cascading down a garden sculpture fills the room. The scent of fresh flowers gathers at your nose. In the back, Patti Richardson completes a flower arrangement ordered by a customer. A month into her foray into the flower shop business, Richardson of Somerset is enjoying her new job, yet struggling to educate herself. She purchased Dena's Wildflowers at 250 Paperjack Dr. in New Richmond on April 3. "Right now I'm just trying to drink it all in," she said, admitting that she feels a little overwhelmed at times.
A decade can fly by in a heartbeat. If you don't believe it, ask Pat Doyle, owner of Farm & Home in New Richmond. He and his wife, Tammy, celebrated their 10th anniversary in business last week. "It's kind of surprising, but 10-year blocks can go by pretty fast," he said. "Thing is, I don't know how many 10-year blocks a guy has. They ratchet off fast." The Doyles' most recent decade began with the purchase of Farm & Home in 1996. Pat Doyle worked for the previous owners of the business, U.S.
Organizers for this year's Miss Heritage competition are a little nervous. In the second year of the New Richmond royal court's return from oblivion, no candidates have filled out an application to participate in the September pageant. With a May 19 sign-up deadline fast approaching, the volunteer Miss Heritage committee is struggling to find ways to promote the renewed community ambassador concept. At a recent informational meeting after school, only two potential candidates attended. "I know, for a lot of the girls, it's a last minute decision," said Dori Marty, committee member.
New Richmond is preparing for a possible fight over its cable television franchise. The City Council voted unanimously Monday to begin the process of calling for proposals from any cable companies who might want to serve the community. The city has been negotiating with Rapid Cable for months on a new contract, but little progress has been made, according to City Clerk Joe Bjelland. The company's already-extended contract ended in February, and the city demanded a response to contract change requests before May 1. Bjelland said the company's new president personally promised a timely respo
A local service organization is hoping to improve its visibility in the community. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10818 of New Richmond officially organized two years ago. Membership numbers have hovered around 20 ever since. President Stacy Schwan admits getting the word out about the group has been a challenge. "We're trying to boost our numbers," she said.