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For one group of area residents, Christmastime brings out a familiar refrain. "Ho, ho, holy cow, look at my electric bill." They are, by their own admission, the decorating nuts that live throughout town. And, surprisingly, they universally agree that the spike in electricity usage for December is a small price to pay for the joy they spread. The New Richmond Kiwanis Club takes it upon themselves to reward the best displays in town each year. On Dec.
Several local hair stylists were part of the trend-setting Intercoiffure Hair Show and photo shoot in October. A team of stylists from a la mode Salonspa of New Richmond and Hudson traveled to New York City to participate in the event. Salonspa owner Boni LaVelle, an "A" member of Intercoiffure, was joined by Kat Cook, Stephanie Ohman and Jeanne Aschittino for the educational experience. The week began with the hair show, with various styling experts offering presentations on the latest trends in the industry. "It's the best of the best," LaVelle said.
New Richmond High School students found out last week there is help for those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. The school recognized its annual "You Are Not Alone" week with special educational opportunities and fun events throughout the week. The Student To Student (STS) club members sponsored the week's activities. "We focused on suicide prevention and being kind to one another throughout the week," said Jenny Wander, a high school guidance counselor.
It was enjoyable driving around town, taking pictures of some of the Christmas lighting displays that people have put up. Some folks spend a lot of time, and money, on holiday lights and decorations. My dad is much the same way. Since retiring to Palm Springs, Cal., he's gone all out in perfecting the decorating hobby.
Members of the New Richmond Board of Appeals didn't pull any punches Monday when property owner Vernon Borst asked for more time to clean up his condemned property. The message was loud and clear: clean it up or tear it down. The commercial building at 648 West Fourth Street was the subject of a public hearing two weeks ago, but Borst did not attend.
New Richmond turns 150 years old in 2007, and a few people are working hard to make sure area residents celebrate in a big way. A Sesquicentennial Committee has been formed and is meeting each Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Bean Bag Coffee House in New Richmond. The committee's first meeting was just two weeks ago. The group has already developed a logo to commemorate the birthday celebration. The city has committed some money to help the committee plan and coordinate Sesquicentennial events. The committee has already set Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, as the date for the actual birthday bash.
New Richmond property owners will see only a slight increase in taxes this year. At its regular meeting Monday, the City Council unanimously adopted its 2007 budget and approved its tax levy. Total expenses grew by 8.51 percent, according to Finance Committee chairman Jim Zajkowski. That increase falls under the state-mandated limits, allowing the city to receive about $139,000 in state aids. Due to a growing tax base in the community, Zajkowski said the city's mill rate will increase by just 1.32 percent.
Most of the problems between teenagers and parents could be summed up as a failure to communicate. Dr.
The family of a longtime New Richmond educator has contributed $25,000 to the New Richmond Educational Foundation. Marge Lynch Miller, who died last summer, was a 1943 graduate of New Richmond High School, where she was active in music, drama and debate. She then attended River Falls Teacher's College.
A new local business organization hopes to help promote New Richmond and its business community in 2007 and beyond. Dubbed the New Richmond Business Group, organizers invited local business owners and employees to an informational meeting Wednesday, Dec. 6. About 50 people attended. "I thought it went fairly well," said Troy Boe, a realtor with Coldwell Banker/Town & Country Realty and one of the group's organizers. "We had a lot of support from the people who were there.