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Homeowners near New Richmond's old landfill, who have struggled with polluted water for the past eight years, couldn't quite believe their ears. If all goes according to plan, officials say, homes affected by the contamination could finally be connected to a clean water supply by the end of 2008. That was the prediction at Thursday's meeting between the Star Prairie Landowners Asking for Safe H2O (SPLASH) members and the parties working to solve the pollution mess. New Richmond, the Town of Star Prairie and others responsible for picking up the tab on the project are working toward a March
The Space in New Richmond hosted an Academy Awards party Sunday night. A packed house was on hand to watch the awards show on a large-screen television, compete in a trivia contest and walk the red carpet. The Space Artistic Director Melissa Huber served as the "Red Carpet" host for the evening, talking with those attending the event. Some who stopped by dressed up as a favorite celebrity.
The New Richmond City Council approved a $60,000 lease for the Friday Memorial Library's use of the library building at its Feb.
The time is ticking again on New Richmond's condemnation process against landowner Vernon Borst. The city had issued a condemnation order on the property at 648 West Fourth Street late last year. The order set Jan. 24 as the initial target date for the demolition of the aging commercial building. But in December the city's Board of Appeals granted Borst a reprieve to allow time for building improvements and a cost evaluation for repairs. The 60-day extension, however, came and went. Borst failed to appear at the Feb.
If the Star Prairie Land Preservation Trust had a red carpet, they would have rolled it out Feb. 14. But the local non-profit organization is more comfortable getting its hands dirty than hosting important dignitaries. So when Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Hassett stopped by to get a tour of area projects, the formalities were at a minimum. Hassett flew into New Richmond Regional Airport as part of a multi-city tour of Wisconsin last Wednesday. The trip came on the heels of Gov. Jim Doyle's budget address the night before.
The debate over whether to issue additional liquor licenses in New Richmond is over. On a split vote, the City Council voted Monday to allow up to four new Class A licenses in the future. The city previously prohibited the issuance of any Class A, off-sale licenses in the community. But recently several requests for retail sales of beer and liquor came before the council, including a request from County Market as part of the owner's efforts to re-open. The debate over the license issue has been polarizing to say the least.
The pigs are coming. Spring Point Project's new diabetic research facility in New Richmond is nearing completion. The first pregnant pigs were scheduled to arrive at the bio-secure building near the New Richmond Regional Airport this week. According to plans, facility veterinarian Adrienne Schucker will perform c-sections on three sows, and the first 30 or so babies will be passed into their hyper-clean home through a sealed hole in the birthing room. From that moment forward, the babies will grow, reproduce and create a pathogen-free source for pancreatic islet cells. "Happy, disease-fre
Opponents and backers of a plan to expand New Richmond's liquor license quota came out in force Monday, ready for the City Council to decide the fate of the controversial proposal. The two sides will have to wait a little while longer before a decision is made. Council members voted to table the ordinance change that would have allowed up to seven new Class "A" beer licenses and up to seven new "Class A" intoxicating liquor licenses in the city. An ad hoc committee, charged with studying the issue, is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m.
As if mirroring the region's transition from a farming community to a third-tier suburb, the Town of Star Prairie is about to abandon the old in favor of new. The finishing touches are being completed on the township's new town hall on Cook Drive. "It's been a lot of work," said Town Supervisor Steve Lewis. "But we're glad to see some closure to it." The Town Board is planning to conduct its first official meeting in the hall on Feb. 13.
New Richmond residents are learning how to communicate better. Author and consultant Patrick Overton, who is leading the community through a process called the New Richmond Area Front Porch Project, was in town earlier this week for meetings, training sessions and interviews. On Monday, Overton met with city officials and Greg Gibson, chairman of the Star Prairie Village Board.