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When "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" celebrates its 100th episode Sunday, Nov. 25, a New Richmond company will be part of the celebration. Balsam Millworks Moulding & Lumber, a custom wood products manufacturer located in the industrial park, played a small role in the filming of that landmark program. The two-hour special was originally filmed this summer in Minnetonka, Minn.
Kathleen Fredrickson had a "yee haw" moment when she hiked among the mountain peaks of Glacier National Park this summer. "I didn't know if I'd be able to do it," she confided during an interview at her rural New Richmond home. "Without God's intervention, I wouldn't be here as I am today. I really want to make sure God is praised through all this." The thankfulness may be a little hard for many to understand.
The construction of the New Richmond area community's "front porch" is well underway. That's the message from Patrick Overton, consultant with the Front Porch Institute hired by the community to reintroduce civility in the public debate. Overton claims civility has disappeared in many communities across the U.S. He says New Richmond's challenges are just one example of how communities lose their neighborliness and, in effect, destroy their "front porch." Few will argue that relationships among city, township and school district officials were severely strained two years ago.
Customers stopping at Kwik Trip in New Richmond may not have such a quick trip to that convenience store any more. That's because the business has expanded considerably and offers more products and services to entice customers. For about two years, Kwik Trip officials have been working on plans to expand and improve their store at 124 Paperjack Drive. But the project stalled for several months as Kwik Trip sought a liquor license from the city in order to sell beer and wine. "Beer was our number one requested item," said Dwayne Maier, store manager.
Call it the year of frustration for Jeff and Dawn Greening's family. On Nov. 6, 2006, Jeff Greening lost the fingers on his left hand in a work accident. Doctors tried to re-attach the appendages with limited success. While the family was overwhelmed by the support they received from the community in the weeks to come, they had little warning that the battle over worker's compensation benefits would turn into an epic struggle. Now, a year later, the family still waits for the details of the injury settlement to be worked out.
Bosch Doboy Inc. in New Richmond is getting a new look. The company's office space at its South Knowles facility is being remodeled over the next few months. According to Julie Foss, Bosch vice president and remodeling project manager, the 42,500 square feet of office space will get new carpeting, wall coverings, furniture and upgraded lighting. Right now the northern section of offices is torn apart and being remodeled, forcing employees to cram into remaining space in the building. The first phase of the project, which began Oct.
When Advotec District 18 was created in 1967, few knew that the technical education facility would eventually evolve into one of the best two-year institutions in the nation. But as Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College's New Richmond campus celebrated its 40th anniversary last Tuesday, news about the facility's success is no longer a surprise to most. In a recent study, WITC was named the seventh best two-year college in the U.S.
Our receptionist was startled by a loud thud against the front window of our office Friday afternoon. After a short shriek, she stood up and discovered the source of the disturbance. An immature hawk had hunted down a rather large pigeon along Knowles Avenue, but the unfortunate bird was too big for the hungry hawk to handle. As the hawk continued its grasp on its prey along the sidewalk, you could see it wondering what to do next. Eventually someone in our office frightened the hawk away, in an effort to save the poor pigeon.
A small reminder of the area's past will forever be protected, thanks to the generosity of a local family. Simon Prairie is the newest addition to a growing list of protected lands owned by the West Wisconsin Land Trust. The Trust now holds title to 377 acres in St. Croix County, 3,103 acres in Pierce County and 2,185 acres in Polk County. The property, east of Bass Lake on 140th Avenue near Boardman, is a "pocket prairie remnant" that is home to native grasses that have all but disappeared from the local landscape.
O'Reilly Auto Parts has only moved a short distance to its new building on Knowles Avenue, but the store is a world apart from its previous facility. According to Manager Terry Harrisberger, the new building is more easily accessible for customers and has 2,300 square feet more space than their old store. The auto parts business has added between 15 and 20 percent additional inventory as a result. "Our business has skyrocketed quite a bit," Harrisberger said.