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Step into the back yard of Eric and Ytmar Crandall's home and your blood pressure immediately drops a few points. The New Richmond residential lot, over the course of just 11 years, has been transformed into a beautiful resting place for visitors and the home's owners to leave their worries behind. Flowers bloom in every corner of the yard, and comfortable seating areas dominate the fenced property. "We spend a lot of time in the afternoons and evenings back here," Ytmar said. Lots of people drive by the Crandall's home to enjoy the beautifully decorated porch, planted containers and hangi
An official with Arm & Hammer paid a recent visit to Harry Odone, the gentleman who is restoring the British Fairey Gannet airplane at the New Richmond Regional Airport. Delia Downes, product manager with Church & Dwight Co. Inc., stopped by the local hangar on Thursday, Sept. 8, to get a first-hand look at the progress Odone is making. Arm & Hammer is among a handful of companies that are supporting the ongoing restoration effort. Odone is using ARMEX, a baking soda material used to air blast surfaces clean in preparation for eventual repainting.
A community art center has opened in a new space in the city-owned WeTEC building in New Richmond. Messes & Masterpieces, which has been in operation for about four years, now has a large art classroom, gallery space and storage space for its operation. Messes & Masterpieces got its start in 2008 by Christine Melby, who eventually opened a location behind Subway restaurant on Knowles Avenue.
The St. Croix County Health Center nursing home had just fared well in an annual state inspection, but then the unexpected happened. Federal inspectors showed up and completed their own survey of the New Richmond facility. They found more problem areas than state inspectors, according to Nursing Home Administrator Frank Robinson. "It was a very meticulous process," Robinson told the St. Croix County Health and Human Services Committee Aug. 17. "It was not a fun process by any means.
Natural prairie areas are at their peak in late July and early August.
For years, the New Richmond City Council has debated whether to retain its membership with the St. Croix County Economic Development Corp. So when the city received a bill for its dues for the second half of 2011 recently, it gave elected officials another chance to evaluate the EDC and its apparent effectiveness. At the council's July 27 special meeting, Mayor Fred Horne initially suggested that the community not pay the full second-half bill, which totaled $5,001.
Despite heavy rains Friday, residents at The Deerfield senior living complex in New Richmond enjoyed the 10th annual Marilyn Everson summer picnic celebration. At the last minute, the picnic, which is usually held at Everson's home in New Richmond, was moved inside. The attendees still enjoyed a lunch of picnic food, topped off by Everson's favorite fresh raspberry desert. Everson started her picnic in 2001 and has kept it up ever since. "After I did it once, it drove me to do it again," she said.
A local cancer survivor and a caregiver will serve as the honorary co-chairs of the 2011 Relay For Life in New Richmond. Carla Kelley, owner of Curves in New Richmond, began her cancer journey on Nov. 19, 2010.
Longtime teacher at Noah's Ark preschool, Bonnie Klopp, is retiring at the end of this school year. A community open house is planned at 5 p.m. Friday, June 3, at St. Luke's Church in New Richmond. A program celebrating Klopp's impact on generations of local kids will begin at 6:30 p.m. "All former students, former parents and grandparents can stop by and enjoy the celebration," Klopp said.
For a quarter century, the Deer Park Community Center has played host to the local senior center. By all accounts, the noontime meal and socialization program has been a huge success. At a special 25th anniversary celebration Thursday, May 19, about 50 people attended a meal and program marking the big birthday. Senior Center Manager Janice Thompson, who has worked at the center for 22 years, said the facility started out serving two noon meals a week.