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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.
The Novotne household must be filled with laughs. Not only because Scott Novotne has been a professional Twin Cities comedian for years, but also because he's apparently passed his knack for telling jokes on to his daughter. Kinsey Novotne, 10, a fourth-grader at Paperjack Elementary School, is joining her father and a group of comedians on stage for a Mother's Day show this Sunday. It is her standup comedy debut. "I'm naturally pretty funny," Kinsey said. "I want to be an actress, and my dad told me most comedians turn into actors.
The "Healing Hands" statue in the lobby of Westfields Hospital in New Richmond will be partially preserved. A crew cut away and removed a large portion of the monument last Thursday night. According to Bill Driscoll, he worked closely with Westfields Hospital President and CEO Jean Needham to find a way to preserve the "Healing Hands" water fountain and statue. He initially thought the monument could be relocated to Glover Park. But in stepped St.
The St. Croix County Health and Human Services Committee met for three hours Friday to discuss possible business plans for the continued operation of the county-owned nursing home. While the goal of the meeting was to endorse a preferred business strategy for the New Richmond facility, the group came to no conclusion. As it became clear that no one had a specific proposal to eventually recommend to the St.