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Students at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College campus in New Richmond finally have a little more elbow room. As second semester classes kicked off Jan. 12, students and staff settled in to newly remodeled space and an extensive building expansion for the first time. "This is beautiful," said welding instructor Dan Wilkinson as he pointed out the various amenities in the program's new space. "It's a dream come true really." Work on the 8,000-square-foot addition and the remodeling plan began last May.
The options for solving parking issues near the New Richmond Sports Center, New Richmond Area Centre and middle school have been whittled down. A public informational meeting on the topic was conducted Jan.
When New Richmond graduate Katy (Cody) Higgins heard the news that U.S Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had been shot on Jan. 8, she immediately tried calling her boss to tell him to turn on the television. She couldn't get through to him. It turns out that United States District Court Chief Judge John M. Roll, whom Higgins had worked for since 1991, was at the scene of the Tucson, Ariz. attack and had been killed by the gunman. "I was trying to call the judge on his mobile," Higgins said in a telephone interview on Monday.
Phillips Plastics Corporation has been acquired by Kohlberg & Company L.L.C., a leading private equity firm based in Mount Kisco, New York. Phillips has plants in New Richmond, Prescott and Hudson. Brad Wucherpfennig, Phillips' current chief executive officer will continue to lead the company and the entire management team will remain in place. "Today we go forward under new ownership, but our commitment remains the same - to provide our customers with a resource for state-of-the-art technology and engineering expertise that will give their products a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Historic Bethlehem comes to western Wisconsin this holiday season. "Bethlehem Revisited" will be held at First Lutheran Church, Amery, later in December. A re-creation of the village of Bethlehem, as it might have looked the night of the birth of Jesus, is being constructed and people from the community will play the roles of the various shopkeepers, artisans, town beggars, royalty and so on. Jon Buss, New Richmond, will be among those in the event's cast and support personnel, which totals about 150 people. Buss will play the part of a wise man in this year's production. "I'm actually
Carpeting By Mike in Somerset is preparing to welcome HGTV star Taniya Nayak to its store Tuesday, Dec.
One of New Richmond's most established service organizations is in the midst of a membership drive to find new members. The Kiwanis Club, which celebrated its 90th anniversary last year, currently has 33 members. But one of the organization's newest members, Erin Eneboe, would like to see those numbers grow. As a relative newcomer to New Richmond, Eneboe and her husband, Dirk, were looking for ways to connect better with the community.
The New Richmond Clinic is launching a new program to help kids become better prepared for school. The Reach Out and Read Program is a national effort coordinated by more than 4,500 hospitals and health centers across the nation. Dr. Angela C. Brandes, a family practice physician at New Richmond Clinic, is one of the local coordinators for the new program. The plan is to give every child, ages 6 months through 5 years, a free age-appropriate book when they come into the clinic for a well child check-up. "The goal is to encourage reading in preschool age children," Brandes said.
Equalized values in St. Croix and Pierce counties have declined for a second straight year. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue released its 2010 Equalized Values report on Aug. 13 and the numbers weren't too much of a surprise. According to the report, the value of real estate in St. Croix County dropped 7.45 percent from 2009 to 2010. That's quite a bit higher than Wisconsin's overall reduction in equalized value through the past year.
New author Jaclyn Olson hopes something helpful results from the telling of her family's tragedy. Olson has published a new book, "Wonderfully Made - A journey of faith, blessings and love during pregnancy loss." The book, published by iUniverse, follows Olson's journey as she and her husband Brett struggle with a doctor's diagnosis in 2008 that their unborn baby had a brain defect, heart defect and other medical issues. "We were told she was not going to survive as a baby," Olson recalled. The Olsons, who live in rural Osceola, decided to carry the baby to full term rather than terminate