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Two New Richmond High School seniors are a dynamic duo in chemistry. Betty Groboski and Peter Nelson were two of 14 area high school students to earn a spot on the regional Chemistry Olympiad team. The region spans across a huge area of Minnesota and western Wisconsin (37 counties in Minnesota and five counties in Wisconsin). New Richmond has had just two members on the regional team before, Bill Groboski (Betty's brother) and Jake Dalton. "This is the first year we've ever had two go," said proud teacher Neal Ziller.
A local salon owner is one of the world's select few hairstyle trend setters. Boni LaVelle, owner of a' la Mode Salonspa on North Knowles, is a member of Intercoiffure, a prestigious international organization of the best hairdressers and salon owners in the world. The group aims to improve customer service within the salon industry and figure out the newest style trends. "This is 'THE' group that sets the standard for fashion and coming trends in America and around the world," she explains.
The Salvation Army of St. Croix County went ahead with its "Shanty Town" event in River Falls last weekend, despite the rainy and cool conditions. It just helped to prove a point: Homeless people have to deal with all kinds of elements no matter what, so why should an event designed to raise awareness of homelessness wimp out? County Salvation Army director Duana Bremer said about 20 people spent the night in the River Falls Middle School gym, and about 50 people attended the program highlighting the challenges of homelessness. "It was a little disappointing," Bremer said of the numbers.
The City of New Richmond is extending three roads in its industrial park in anticipation of several new industries moving in. Reynolds Transport, Inc. has purchased property in the park to construct a 10,000-square-foot building on Cernohous Avenue next to Federal Foam. Reynolds, which is an official Mayflower Transport agent, employs 18 people out of a temporary home on North Knowles. According to general manager Tim Borgeson, company officials hope to begin construction of the new building this summer.
A field on the eastern edge of New Richmond city limits is being groomed for a huge housing development. Whispering Prairie is the next in a methodical progression of growth along County Road K. JEO Consulting Group, Inc. has been working to bring the development to reality for about a year and a half. They are overseeing one of the lengthiest city water and sewer extensions in the city's history.
A flock of pink flamingos is terrorizing homeowners in New Richmond, and raising money to aid in Hurricane Katrina clean-up efforts. St. Luke's Lutheran Church has turned to plastic pink flamingos to try and meet its year-long fund raising goal of one million pennies for continuing relief efforts down south. The fund-raising flock landed on its first yard Sunday night, much to the surprise of the targeted homeowner.
New Richmond's cable access channel has made a giant leap forward into modern technology thanks to newly purchased equipment. The City of New Richmond approved the purchase of the new equipment to replace severely outdated items. The old equipment only allowed for limited channel operation because only video tapes could be played. Channel operators had to physically change the tapes every few hours. Now the station can play programs that are saved on videotape and DVDs.
The second floor office of Fruit Essentials, Inc. doesn't look like the headquarters of a company on the verge of explosive growth. Boxes clutter the small main room. A few samples of the company's products are displayed on a simple book shelf.
Trees are an important community asset, but the city admits it knows little about them. That's why a recently announced $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was welcome news. According to Bob Barbian, director of planning and economic development, work will soon begin on an inventory of the city's trees. The city has contracted with StrataPoint from Rosemount, Minn.
In the hospital for treatment of high blood pressure, Angie Ball had lots of time to think about life. Ball discovered she needed a change in her routine. Her health was declining, she was becoming inactive, and her children were growing up and getting closer to leaving the home. "My time has always been taking care of my kids, and working full-time at my job," she said.