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Students and staff at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College are in the midst of a two-year effort to treat others more kindly. The New Richmond college developed the theme of "Civility" for its facility last year in hopes of spurring on everyone to foster more appropriate personal relationships. The educational institution had struggled with some internal conflicts previously, and administrators were interested in promoting healing and greater respect among individuals. Oprah Winfrey and radio's "Satellite sisters" had both taken up the mantra of civility in recent months.
Del Magsam expected to retire and fade away from the local business scene. It didn't take long for him to change his mind. Magsam has opened Wisconsin Outdoor Products at the site of the old Warner's Dock building, 928 Knowles Ave., New Richmond. Magsam has been a fixture in the New Richmond business community for years. He owned and operated Fireplace Design and Sharp Rite, Inc.
New Richmond's newly formed Urban Forestry Board is looking for help. The nine-member volunteer group is charged with developing a long-term plan for the community's trees. Now that they've completed four initial meetings, the board wants to gather the opinions of local residents about the current state of trees in the community. New Richmond Park Director Joe Kerlin said a simple questionnaire has been posted on the city's website that people may print out and complete. Copies of the survey may also be picked up at the city office. Residents can find the survey at ci.new-richmond.wi.us.
Rain and a cool breeze didn't scare them away. Hundreds of onlookers lined the streets of downtown Hammond Thursday night to enjoy the 10th annual Running of the Llamas event, sponsored by the Hammond Hotel. "This is real Americana," said one man along the race route who could hardly contain himself. "If this is the tenth year for this, I've been here four or five years. People wouldn't believe it if I told them about it." Almost all of the estimated 200 people who watched the spectacle was carrying a camera or a cell phone with picture capabilities.
Commuters from New Richmond and points north and east will honk in happiness this week. If all goes according to plan, the next leg of the newly revamped Highway 64 will open to traffic Thursday. When the three-mile stretch is open, about five more minutes of commuting time will be cut for many motorists. The previously completed four-lane sections bypassing Somerset already have shaved off five-plus minutes from the drive to Stillwater from here. For people looking to move out of the crush of the Twin Cities, New Richmond will suddenly become a little more attractive.
The millions of dollars spent to lure jobs to town are a misplaced governmental priority and the money would be better spent educating children at a younger age and helping adults become better parents. That's the message Arthur Rolnick brought to a United Way of the St. Croix Valley luncheon in New Richmond Sept. 13. It's an unconventional message from Rolnick, who is senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
Two local residents want addicts to get SMART when giving up drugs, alcohol or gambling. Beth Anez and Monae Johnson have started a new support and training group for those recovering from any form of addiction. SMART Recovery, which uses an abstinence-based approach to kicking a habit, uses a system of training one's mind to make better choices in life.
Ahead of the official opening of Highway 64 from 110th Street to the Highway 65 intersection in New Richmond (slated for Sept. 28), the city's Pathways Committee is planning a community celebration on the roadway. The "Cruising the Corridor 64" party is slated for Saturday, Sept.
School children clutched red, white and blue balloons in their hands, waiting for the cue to release them into the air. "Some of you remember, and some of you don't," said teacher Don Donaldson outside St. Mary's School. "None of you should forget what happened five years ago today." New Richmond's parochial school organized a special ceremony on Monday to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. Three National Guard members were on hand to participate in the event, along with members of the New Richmond VFW Post color guard.
Vandals have been causing problems in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery all summer. But what buildings and grounds director Mike Bernd discovered last week was the last straw. "It started with family urns," Bernd said of the vandalism spree during an interview Thursday. "They (the vandals) would pick them up and throw them against the stones. It was a mess." That was bad enough, Bernd said, but then the vandals started messing with the flags posted near the graves of veterans. At first vandals stole or hid the flags.