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A Star Prairie Township home, owned by Tom and Jenny Gibson, was gutted by fire Wednesday night, Dec. 5. In a telephone interview, Jenny said no one was home at the time of the fire. "We'd all gone to Stillwater to go out to eat," Jenny said. "Then we got a call from our neighbors about the fire." Neighbors were worried some of the children may have been in the home alone, but Jenny said she was glad everyone was safe and accounted for. Insurance adjusters indicated Thursday that everything in the home is a total loss.
A new commercial area may soon be sprouting up on the western edge of New Richmond. The City Council on Monday approved a rezoning request from Wes and Linda Halle for 69 acres along Business Highway 64. The land was previously zoned multi-family, as developer Halle planned to continue constructing homes in that neighborhood. But a recent downturn in the home building business, and an active interest from a commercial developer, brought about the rezoning request. Neighbors in the housing development to the east of the land initially objected to the rezoning request, noting that they expec
The owners of the old Creamery Building in downtown New Richmond think the City's library space crisis has a ready solution. John Soderberg, co-owner of the building with Bill Derrick, Sr. and Ray Twite, approached the City's Property Committee Monday to suggest that the underutilized building could be the future site of the library. He said the market value of the property is about $1.5 million, but TD&S Properties' asking price is $1.4 million.
Could Clear Lake, Wis. be any further away from Los Angeles, Calif.? Ask the cast and crew of the independent feature film now being produced around the rural Polk County community. The actors, actresses, writers and producers from the West Coast were bundled up against the biting cold on Friday.
The face of rural Wisconsin has changed dramatically over the past couple decades. Farmers can no longer afford to simply grow crops or raise livestock for a living, while ignoring the global market forces that are creating sweeping changes in the business of food production. And rural communities can no longer rely solely on the steady income provided by their farm-based customers.
Our Web site has a new, fun addition this week. "Festive Pets" is a reader-generated photo gallery that should create some interest among pet lovers. All you have to do is e-mail us a picture of your pet (dressed in appropriate holiday attire) and we'll include the photo on our Web site. We also need a little information about the name of the pet, the names of the pet owners and where the pet resides to include with the picture. We already have one or two up on the Web site for you to see. Send those photographs to email@example.com so we can all enjoy the images.
The New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its new community visitor center. The Chamber's downtown office, at 235 South Knowles, has been transformed from a functional office space into a more effective overall center for use by area residents and tourists alike. When the Chamber moved to its new location a year ago, Executive Director Russ Korpela said it was obvious some changes were needed. "It didn't require a whole lot of renovations to get the doors open," he said.
New Richmond's Ethics Committee hadn't met in more than 30 years. Rick Cooper, who was appointed to the New Richmond panel under former Mayor James Casey in the 1970s, couldn't remember that they'd ever met in all that time. So it was an unusual circumstance when the group finally met face to face last Tuesday, Nov. 20.
The ongoing debate over the future of an aging commercial building in New Richmond ended up in St. Croix County Court Thursday. In a hearing before Judge Edward Vlack, property owners Vernon and Carolyn Borst of rural Somerset continued their effort to save their building located at 648 West Fourth Street in New Richmond. Final arguments are slated for Dec. 13 at 10 a.m.
A plan to expand the Econofoods grocery store in New Richmond is getting favorable reviews. That's in contrast to a similar proposal five years ago that eventually was stopped by the City. Nash Finch representatives attended last Thursday's meeting of the Economic Development Commission to unveil their initial ideas. Melanie Clement, director of construction and engineering for Nash Finch, owner of the New Richmond store, said plans call for a 10,000-square-foot expansion of the building.