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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.
An old New Richmond business is taking on a new face. The former United Building Centers lumber yard at 606 North Knowles has changed its name to Pro-Build. The construction supply store is actually part of a company that's the largest materials supplier for builders in the nation. Due to a number of acquisitions over the years, the company included a variety of store names, such as Dixieland, Home Lumber and Lumbermans. There were 170 stores under the UBC name prior to the company decision.
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.
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.
Ten seconds! The countdown begins as the deadline for making their beds approaches. The cadets at the Challenge Academy at Fort McCoy scramble to finish the task. Some get help from fellow students as they struggle to avoid push-ups. Five, four... The platoon leader's job is to keep each cadet on schedule. Every minute of every day, it seems, is structured for the more than 100 at-risk teenagers who are part of this state- and federally-funded program. Three, two... The cadets are here for a variety of reasons. Some have been expelled from school.
After months of waiting and legislative negotiating, the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate are poised to approve a compromise budget bill today (Tuesday). So it was fortuitous that Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman was in New Richmond Monday night as part of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce's "Business After 5" event. Much of her short presentation to those who were gathered there surrounded the budget agreement reached Friday by Gov. Jim Doyle and legislative leaders. "It took a lot of compromise and it took a lot of hard work," she said.
Brenda and Terry Hanson are going back to their career roots. The couple is opening a new full-service meat market in New Richmond, named T's Meat Market. They plan to open the doors at the business, located at 110 W. North Shore Drive, by Oct. 25. The long-time Andersen Windows employees began thinking about their own business after Brenda was permanently laid off from her job last year. The couple had been involved in the local grocery business years ago.
Cheryl Arne hopes to become the next Rachael Ray, television's newest cooking show star. All Arne needs is a little break, and she might have gotten that TV career jump start last week. The part-time chef at Bellarietta Bistro in New Richmond was listening to the radio Tuesday, Oct. 9, when she heard about an open casting call being conducted by the Food Network that day. She had until 4 p.m.
Westfields Sleep Clinic helps patients cure apnea problems Kirk Lindell routinely fell asleep in front of the television watching the morning news. He usually had a cup of coffee in his hands in an unsuccessful effort to jolt himself awake. "I just thought it was part of getting older," Lindell said of his persistent sleepiness. "And I thought getting old stunk.
Should New Richmond pursue an innovative low-income housing program when so many existing homes are already for sale in the community? That question is at the center of an ongoing debate among City officials, homeowners and local realtors. After an initial proposal to convert City land into a low- to moderate-income housing development was nixed last month, Housing Director Jessa Nelson has been studying another new idea. She's working with local developers on a plan to have existing home lots throughout the community donated into the program.