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The New Richmond Fire Department received some great news last week. Thanks to the efforts of the department over the past decade, its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) rating has dropped considerably. The news is huge for commercial businesses in the communities, whose insurance premiums are based on ISO ratings, according to Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst.
New Richmond is starting to rebuild its community's front porch. After five months of work with consultant Patrick Overton, the New Richmond Area Front Porch Project is moving into stage two. After several months of data collection and community conversations, Overton will now help guide community leaders into some specific steps toward healing and future planning. Overton was in town last week to meet with committee meetings and conduct several worskhops on stress and burnout. His visit marks the end of phase one of the overall project. "It's been an extraordinary five months," he said.
Family and friends call her the "lost queen" of New Richmond. Delphene Berkholder was crowned the first Miss New Richmond in 1939 after competing in a pageant at the Gem Theater. Delphene's last name was Johnson back then, and she faced stiff competition for the title. Some 30 young women participated in that first "personality and beauty contest." "All the girls wanted to be in the contest," the 1940 New Richmond High School graduate said in an interview last week.
Troy Boe is a new face among the crowd publicly backing approval of the New Richmond School District's building referendum April 3. Boe, a realtor with Century 21 in New Richmond, has three kids who are yet to enroll in the district. His oldest will be a kindergartner next year. "I'm brand new to this, but I feel like I want to have better schools for my kids," he said. "I'm not the kind who is going to sit back and let other people do the work.
Julia Mortensen came into the world a little too soon and with some big medical problems. Julia, the daughter of Mike and Becky Mortensen of New Richmond, was born nine weeks premature on Oct. 3, 2006. She was also diagnosed with Jejunal Atresia, a rare genetic disorder that causes a blockage in the patient's intestines. Two surgeries later and a three-month stay at Children's Hospital in St.
The New Richmond City Council approved a $60,000 lease for the Friday Memorial Library's use of the library building at its Feb.
Call it one stop on Lee Crafton's mid-life crisis tour. The 46-year-old Montana resident found himself in New Richmond on Monday afternoon, bedding down his horses for the night at Laventure Crane and Rigging along Highway 64. Crafton's journey is the stuff legends are made of. He set out in a covered wagon on Aug. 9 from East Glacier, Montana, with $75 in his pocket and enough food and feed for his horses and dogs to last a couple weeks. "I was diagnosed with cancer in August 2005," Crafton said of his motivation to head east.
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 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.