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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
Michael Hurd has gone from library custodian to library material provider with the publication of his first book of poetry, "Almost Heaven." A former teacher and facility manager for the City of New Richmond for 23 years, Hurd has been writing for fun since he retired in 2003. "I always wanted to write short stories," he said. "But after I wrote my first poem, someone told me it ought to be published." He sent it off for consideration, and sure enough it was published.
A new non-denominational church has started to meet in Star Prairie. Solid Rock Fellowship, under the leadership of Pastor Ken Mettler, gathers at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Star Prairie Community Center. On occasion the congregation will meet in an alternate location when the Community Center is being used for another function. Contact Dennis Ryan at 246-5104 for information on where the church will meet on any given Sunday. According to Mettler, the new evangelical Christian congregation started up at the end of August.
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