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The much ballyhooed television series by Ken Burns chronicling the establishment of the National Park Service has a bit of a local tie. Local resident Bill Langford is the great-great-nephew of Nathaniel Pitt Langford, who was a member of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition which was the first to officially explore portions of what eventually became Yellowstone National Park. Bill Langford never knew his famous relative, but many stories of his adventures have been passed down through the family. "My dad knew him, and he said that my great-great-uncle would always tell stories about the
Several friends along East First Street in New Richmond were about the only people who were sad to see it rain earlier this week. Madeline Melby, Lydia Melby, Elizabeth Lee and Tranae Hanvelt saw some of their hopscotch squares wash away with the precipitation. But this wasn't your ordinary hopscotch playing field.
A drum and bugle performance group from southern Minnesota was crowned national champion on Labor Day, and a New Richmond family is among those celebrating the honor. Sandee Conlin is the director of the Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps out of St. Peter, Minn. She and her daughters, Averyel and Monique Hagel, also perform as part of the corps. Sandee and Monique play in the cymbal line, while Averyel plays the xylophone and marimba. The family spends most of the summer traveling between New Richmond and St.
For two hours, Caleb Richey and a few others stood along the edge of Knowles Avenue to prove a point. Friday was, after all, the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon. Not that Richey remembers anything from that day.
After months of waiting, the Sierra Club's lawsuit aimed at stopping the construction of a new St. Croix River crossing at Stillwater is almost here. Lawyers for both sides of the case will gather in Minneapolis federal court Monday, Sept. 14, for arguments. The judge in the case has allotted three hours for attorneys to present their cases. According to Jim Rickard, spokesperson with the Sierra Club's St.
New Richmond is in the running to attract a potential new industry to town. VitalMedix, a startup Minneapolis company, has been talking with officials in New Richmond and Hudson about a possible move to St. Croix County within the next 90 days. VitalMedix is a new biotech company working to develop a drug that would help people survive cases of severe blood loss and protect patients from organ damage during medical resuscitation.
The current economy could play a cruel trick on New Richmond taxpayers if things don't start picking up soon. In a report at the July 13 City Council meeting on the current status of the city's finances, consultant Sean Lentz of Ehlers & Associates noted that two of New Richmond tax increment financing districts will require attention in the next few years. Tax Increment Financing District #6, which is part of the Business and Technical Park, needs to realize about $12 million in additional development in the next few years or debt payments will not be covered by the available revenue. If t
A local poker player nearly reached the big time, only to have his hopes dashed at the last minute. Dale Hjelmgren, a member of the poker league that plays at the Outer Limits bar in rural New Richmond, attended the "Party at the Palms" national championship tournament at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas June 28. He was accompanied by fellow league member, Justin Lamb.
A community leader feels frustrated with decisions made by local officials. He gets angry, expresses his displeasure and then stops being involved. It's not an uncommon pattern for small municipalities, which rely heavily on business and political leaders to get things done. People get burned out if things don't go their way. Emotions run high when differing opinions are aired on critical issues.
Two local Texas Hold 'Em poker players are Las Vegas bound. Dale Hjelmgren and Justin Lamb qualified for the "Party at the Palms" National Championship by placing first and second, respectively, in the Wisconsin championships May 9. Hjelmgren, 28, and Lamb, 25, are both members of a poker playing league that meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Outer Limits bar in rural New Richmond. It's apparently highly unusual that two poker players from the same bar have advanced to nationals. "We've got a lot of good poker players there," Lamb said.