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A flock of pink flamingos is terrorizing homeowners in New Richmond, and raising money to aid in Hurricane Katrina clean-up efforts. St. Luke's Lutheran Church has turned to plastic pink flamingos to try and meet its year-long fund raising goal of one million pennies for continuing relief efforts down south. The fund-raising flock landed on its first yard Sunday night, much to the surprise of the targeted homeowner.
New Richmond's cable access channel has made a giant leap forward into modern technology thanks to newly purchased equipment. The City of New Richmond approved the purchase of the new equipment to replace severely outdated items. The old equipment only allowed for limited channel operation because only video tapes could be played. Channel operators had to physically change the tapes every few hours. Now the station can play programs that are saved on videotape and DVDs.
The second floor office of Fruit Essentials, Inc. doesn't look like the headquarters of a company on the verge of explosive growth. Boxes clutter the small main room. A few samples of the company's products are displayed on a simple book shelf.
Trees are an important community asset, but the city admits it knows little about them. That's why a recently announced $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was welcome news. According to Bob Barbian, director of planning and economic development, work will soon begin on an inventory of the city's trees. The city has contracted with StrataPoint from Rosemount, Minn.
In the hospital for treatment of high blood pressure, Angie Ball had lots of time to think about life. Ball discovered she needed a change in her routine. Her health was declining, she was becoming inactive, and her children were growing up and getting closer to leaving the home. "My time has always been taking care of my kids, and working full-time at my job," she said.
The next step in the eventual construction of a new bridge at Stillwater occurred quietly in downtown New Richmond Tuesday afternoon. John Soderberg, chairman/president of First National Bank in New Richmond, placed the first official signature on the amended memorandum of agreement that helps clear the way for the proposed river crossing. Cheryl Martin, environmental engineer with the Federal Highway Administration, a rural New Richmond resident, was on hand to witness the signing. Martin will now travel to offices throughout the region to get signatures from 28 stakeholders' groups who ha
The New Richmond Area YMCA is starting to ramp up its fund raising efforts for a new city skate park. If all goes according to plan, the new facility will be playing host to skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX bikers by this summer. The park will be located next to the New Richmond Sports Center. According to YMCA director Darian Blattner, the design for the new skate park is completed. Preliminary plans lay out a three-phase project. The first phase will include asphalt, fencing and a few simple ramps and jumps.
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.