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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
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.