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Members of the Rotary Club of New Richmond enjoyed a tour of the nearly completed high school facilities on Monday. The purpose of the tour was to show off the athletic facilities that are part of the new building. Athletic director Casey Eckardt said the construction project is about 95 to 98 percent complete. The challenge is encouraging contractors to complete the finishing touches before school officially begins in September. The district has had a couple small issues as the final days of the project tick by.
Parks and recreation officials from across the state converged on New Richmond last week to take part in the 2010 Summer Park Tour. The event, put on by the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association, showcased various parks in the St. Croix County area.
A-1 Priority Insurance Agency LLC has opened on the main street of Roberts. Local residents Todd and Kim Hamilton were in the insurance business for the past year in the Twin Cities area, before relocating the office to Roberts. Kim Hamilton said the couple took over the insurance agency that was operated by Todd's father for more than 30 years. But after commuting to their Blaine, Minn. office for many months, the couple decided it was time to move their business east. "This is where we live," Kim said.
New Richmond's annual 4th of July celebration, complete with fireworks, is all set. Now the weather just has to cooperate. The evening, sponsored by the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of New Richmond, begins Sunday at 7 p.m. at Hatfield Park (off Highway 64). Kids' games, sponsored by the New Richmond Kiwanis Club, are part of the fun.
The Lowrey Hotel and Cafe is one of the last bastions of smoker-friendly eating establishments in New Richmond. Step inside the downtown restaurant and you're transported back in time. Dark paneled walls, an old fashioned malt machine and a vintage lunch counter are part of the Lowrey's atmosphere. But perhaps the most noticeable throw-back quality of the place is the smell of cigarette smoke. It's not uncommon to see clouds of smoke rising from the cafe booths that line the wall. That's all about to change. Wisconsin newly adopted workplace smoking ban takes affect on Monday, July 5.
A New Richmond church has partnered with a community in Honduras to install a new water system there. Solid Rock Fellowship, which meets each Sunday at the New Richmond American Legion Hall, recently helped send a group of mission workers to Honduras for a nine-day trip. Among the group of travelers was member Win Olson, Amery, and his sons David and Dan. In 2003, Olson and his son David were part of an Agua Viva water project team that went to Honduras.
Matthew Hein was installed as senior pastor at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in New Richmond during a special afternoon service Jan. 3. In an interview last week, Hein, who was most recently associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wausau, said the transition into his role has gone well. "The leadership of this congregation is very good," he said.
The youngest members of the New Richmond First Baptist Church congregation braved cold temperatures to present a Live Nativity program Dec. 16. "This is the first year we've done this with our Pioneer group," said Marian Duffney, organizer for the five-hour event that started at 2 p.m. "We just decided that there are a lot of things out there for Santa Claus and not much for baby Jesus." Kids dressed up in various costumes, from the Wise Men to angels to Mary and Joseph.
A local industry is offering to help kids and adults alike create low or no-cost gifts for the holidays. Balsam Millwork and Cabinets, 524 St. Croix Ave., New Richmond, is opening up its shop for the next two Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. According to owner Greg Nelson, anyone of any age can attend. Children younger than 18 are asked to bring along a parent.
A New Richmond couple has had more than its allotted 15 minutes of fame. Over the past few weeks, Russell and Kandy Hildebrandt have been on a media tour that would even leave President Barack Obama's head spinning. It's all the result of the Hildebrandt s being selected as "Client of the Year" by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling in Washington, D.C. With the help of a credit counseling program at FamilyMeans in Stillwater, the Hildebrandts managed to pay off about $123,000 in debt in less than five years. Their story apparently struck a chord with the nation. Since receiving