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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.
Sergeant Sarah Spinks has a desk job in Iraq. As a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard, the 1999 New Richmond High School graduate is among the thousands of U.S.
The New Richmond Community Foundation has developed a new fund to benefit area readers. The Friday Library Fund has been established and is accepting donations. Susan Sroka, a member of the Friday Library Board, said the fund is beyond $20,000 and growing.
Wells Electric and Gift Shop is changing its business focus. Since the business opened in downtown New Richmond in 1909, Wells has served the community through appliance and other retail sales. Signs went up Monday alerting customers that the retail portion of the business would close. According to co-owner Marie Peirson, the giftware and appliance showroom operations would end over the next few months. Wells Electric's electrical construction and service and appliance parts and service operations will remain open, she said. The service business plans to remain in the same location for t
After months of discussion over liquor license approvals in New Richmond, the City Council appears ready to uncork the issue for more comprehensive debate. Faced with two requests for Class B licenses at its Monday meeting, the council tabled the items until a new committee studying liquor license ordinances can meet. County Market and Kwik Trip are both seeking permission to sell liquor. The first meeting of the group is slated for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Civic Center.
A momentary lapse in good judgment resulted in a fiery explosion at a local business, sending two to the hospital. Joe Dubak, an employee at Anything Goes Salvage and Thrift near New Richmond, was cutting up a truck for scrap metal when the accident occurred Dec. 29. According to Bonnie Glassel, owner of the business, Dubak had cut the gas tank off the vehicle and started using a torch on the metal piece. "He didn't get the gas out of it first," she said. "It just exploded on him and he was engulfed in flames.
Greg Garves is not your typical downtown New Richmond business owner. He punches, kicks and strikes his customers with weapons on occasion. It's all in a day's work at the AKF Martial Arts Academy. Garves and his wife, Diane, opened the martial arts studio about two months ago. They are encouraged by the response of prospective students, having signed up 25 active students to date. "We've been looking at New Richmond for some time," Greg Garves said of his decision to locate here.
The new diabetes research facility being constructed in New Richmond is on schedule and nearly ready for occupancy. Spring Point Project, in partnership with diabetes researchers from the University of Minnesota, has been erecting its new facility next to the New Richmond Regional Airport. When completed, it will house 88 genetically-engineered pigs that will eventually be used in clinical trials.
Tree lovers have something new to worry about. Dutch Elm disease downed many trees throughout New Richmond over the past decade, causing more than a little disappointment among residents. But another pest is appearing on the horizon that could rival that scourge. The city's recently completed tree inventory revealed that more than 24 percent of city-owned trees are of the green ash variety. The publically-owned green ash trees can be found in local parks, along boulevards and in the cemetery. "They're a great tree," said Joe Kerlin, city parks and recreation director. "They do so well.
All of the responsible parties in the New Richmond Landfill clean-up effort are back to cooperating. For months, the "responsible parties" identified as contributing to the groundwater contamination have been working with the Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan of action. According to the DNR report on the matter, the apparent solution appears to include capping the landfill site to limit further contamination, burning off methane gas produced at the site and supplying a clean water supply to the residents affected by the bad water. As the plan was getting closer to finalizati