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The accolades continue to roll in for Julie Moffitt, the New Richmond High School graduate who is striving to make a name for herself in the music industry. Moffitt was among 60 singers, musical groups, dancers and comedians to compete in an recent finals competition from Austin, Texas. Out of five finalists in the singer-songwriter category, Moffitt was the top vote getter in the contest. Her victory was announced online on Dec. 13. Moffitt, who now hails from Chicago, won $10,000 in prize money as a result. "I got involved in FameCast on a whim," Moffitt said.
Christmas Day didn't quite turn out the way Billy and Patience Biedler had hoped. A turkey fryer being readied to cook a family's Christmas dinner malfunctioned Tuesday and burned the Billy and Patience Biedler home in the Town of Star Prairie, 1323 220th Ave. Patience said the family opened some of their gifts Christmas morning and they were getting ready for their extended family to arrive for the big holiday meal. The family had just checked the fryer moments before the blaze started, according to Patience.
The City's newest employee is a familiar face. Jerry Brown began his new role as New Richmond's marketing director Jan. 2.
The community's top "Christmas cheer" ambassadors have been selected. Let the automobile tour of lights begin. The New Richmond Kiwanis Club chose this year's Holiday Lighting Contest winners Wednesday, Dec. 12. Taking top prize was Alexandra Sword, at 135 North Green Avenue in New Richmond. Sword was finishing her interior decorating when word came Thursday afternoon that she'd won the local contest.
Final arguments in the continuing battle between Vernon and Carolyn Borst of rural Somerset and the City of New Richmond were heard by Judge Edward Vlack Thursday. For several years, the commercial property at 648 West Fourth St. in New Richmond has apparently been a thorn in the side of City officials. The tug-o-war between the Borsts and the City dates back to 2001, two years after the couple purchased the property for $79,000.
The Community Development Authority is moving full-speed ahead with plans of selling a City-owned duplex in New Richmond. The Authority voted Thursday, Dec.
New Richmond's new street superintendent picked a busy week to start his new job. Dan Koski, who is the City's engineer and street superintendent, was welcomed to town with several days of snow. "I've met with the street crew and am getting to know them," he said in an interview Thursday. "It was a good week for that with all the plowing activities." Koski replaces John Berends, who served as the street superintendent for many years and retired several months ago. The Street Department position has a new twist, however, as it was combined with a City engineer role.
A Star Prairie Township home, owned by Tom and Jenny Gibson, was gutted by fire Wednesday night, Dec. 5. In a telephone interview, Jenny said no one was home at the time of the fire. "We'd all gone to Stillwater to go out to eat," Jenny said. "Then we got a call from our neighbors about the fire." Neighbors were worried some of the children may have been in the home alone, but Jenny said she was glad everyone was safe and accounted for. Insurance adjusters indicated Thursday that everything in the home is a total loss.
A new commercial area may soon be sprouting up on the western edge of New Richmond. The City Council on Monday approved a rezoning request from Wes and Linda Halle for 69 acres along Business Highway 64. The land was previously zoned multi-family, as developer Halle planned to continue constructing homes in that neighborhood. But a recent downturn in the home building business, and an active interest from a commercial developer, brought about the rezoning request. Neighbors in the housing development to the east of the land initially objected to the rezoning request, noting that they expec
The owners of the old Creamery Building in downtown New Richmond think the City's library space crisis has a ready solution. John Soderberg, co-owner of the building with Bill Derrick, Sr. and Ray Twite, approached the City's Property Committee Monday to suggest that the underutilized building could be the future site of the library. He said the market value of the property is about $1.5 million, but TD&S Properties' asking price is $1.4 million.