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The New Richmond City Council was to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, for a special meeting to consider proposed changes in the location for Fun Fest. Count me as one of the critics of the plan from day one. But the more I look at the proposed new site in front of St. Croix Press and WITC, the more I think it just might work. Initially I was worried about taking the big community festival out of the downtown district.
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.
Hundreds of high school students learned the lesson of service on Thursday. New Richmond High School had its third annual "Service Learning Day" May 18. Students were assigned to 26 different projects in and around New Richmond and Star Prairie for the morning. "It was awesome weather and an awesome day," said high school teacher Jarrod Hamdorf, one of the organizers for the event. "We got a ton done." After last year's weather dampened the day's events, this year's sunny weather was a welcome change.
A hastily called meeting by New Richmond High School staff members Monday night was filled with passionate pleas for change. Front and center on the evening's agenda was the group's desire to convince Principal Jeff Moberg to stay on the job as the school's top administrator. The meeting's organizers had hoped the entire New Richmond School Board would attend the evening's gathering to hear people's concerns. Worries about proper notice of an official meeting of the board and prior commitments kept some of the elected officials away. The 90-plus employees and community members in attendanc
Businesses and communities responsible for polluted groundwater near the old New Richmond landfill may hire a private firm to handle the environmental issue. Dennis Horner, New Richmond city administrator, confirmed that those involved in the clean-up are considering a contract with Environmental Risk Services, Inc.
A mother-son lending team is striving to better serve mortgage clients in the fastest growing county in Wisconsin. Beth Stenzel and Roger Stenzel recently joined the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage office at 228 Paperjack Dr.
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.