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Grand Avenue residents Monday disproved the adage "you can't fight city hall." A large contingent of residents along the city street filled the City Council chambers for a public hearing on a proposed road improvement and sidewalk installation project. Most of those in attendance questioned the rationale for putting in a sidewalk along a street that has survived for decades without one. Everyone agreed that new blacktop was needed to repair the deteriorating street. "It's pretty obvious that the street is in need of repair," said Jim Brooks, who lived along Grand Avenue for 23 years.
New Richmond's first ever "Get to Know Your Neighbor Day" is looking quite promising. The special day, slated for May 13, is being promoted by the City of New Richmond and the YOUth and Families Initiative. Volunteers are asking as many neighborhoods as possible to hold block parties or special gatherings to help promote a stronger sense of community throughout the region. Parties can be planned in New Richmond or in the rural areas. Organizers report that at least 16 parties are already planned, with even more possible.
Forget about the cliche "build it and they will come." There is no doubt among New Richmond Parks Department officials that the need for additional recreational fields in town is acute.
When she was a little girl, Judy Hostvet-Paulson enjoyed first-run Hollywood movies at the Old Gem Theater. Little did she know that decades later she would be the star attraction at the facility's latest show. The work of this New Richmond multi-talented artist is featured at the Old Gem this month. An art exhibit opening and artist reception were held as part of the "Do It Downtown" promotion last Thursday. "I don't display my work very often in New Richmond," Hostvet said as she set up her pieces in anticipation of the evening's festivities.
New Richmond High School students will be serving the community again this spring. The third annual Service Learning Day is slated for May 18. On that day, rain or shine, teams of 20 to 40 students, faculty members and adult volunteers will fan out across the area to paint, clean, plant, sing and pick up garbage. According to Trish Moberg, one of the teachers helping coordinate the day's activities, 40 to 43 projects are scheduled to be completed by students that day.
The painting is not your typical multi-colored, playful scene found in many schools. On the wall of Michelle Riba's classroom at New Richmond High School is a recently completed mural commemorating the sacrifice of our country's soldiers during the major wars. The scene depicts a solitary soldier, standing among the grave markers of comrades.
Lester E. Rondeau, 84, New Richmond, died April 14 at the St. Croix Health Center. He and his wife, Florine, operated Rondeau's Floor Service for many years. He worked for 14 years on the New Richmond Area Ambulance and Rescue Squad. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Richmond. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Cullen Crea Funeral Home, 307 Arch Street.
In 1872, New Richmond was poised to welcome a transportation lifeline to town. The Omaha railroad line linked the infant community to expanded commerce opportunities and people were excited. Today, a new transportation link is creating a similar buzz. By November of this year, the final four-lane section of Highway 64 will create a speedy link between New Richmond and the metropolitan area to the west. What the ultimate economic impact of the new highway will be is anybody's guess. Some predict the link will open up the floodgates for new residents and businesses around the community.
The owner of a new shipping center in New Richmond hopes the region's growth will translate into business success. Glenn Thompson, owner of the new Oh Ship store in the industrial park, has been in the data storage and office supply business for more than 12 years. The former Stillwater resident moved to the area recently when his wife found a dream home along the Apple River, and Thompson started to explore business opportunities in the area. Thompson contacted Federal Express about opening an authorized shipping center here and discovered the closest similar businesses is in Hudson. "New