You may remember WITC Welding Instructor Dan Wilkinson from a project he and his class completed earlier this year welding together a set of replacement crosses for the county cemetery. Wilkinson and his more than capable students are beginning to earn a reputation for their reliable craftsmanship and creativity when it comes to metalwork with a meaning. Noah Wiedenfeld, Management Analyst for the City of New Richmond, noticed Wilkinson's class's work and asked if he and his students would be willing to take on a project building bike racks for the city.
St. Croix County One of the rewards of living in the St. Croix River Valley is the cacophony of sounds that accompany the arrival of spring in the valley. Many of those eagerly anticipated sounds are the songs of birds. Ranging from the red-winged blackbird's simple twill so synonymous with misty mornings on the marsh, to the bossy beeking of the trumpeter swans patrolling a local river or lake, nothing lifts spirits faster after a long winter's sleep.
On Monday, March 20, a 250-pound pig fell off a truck onto Interstate 90 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Multiple agencies including the South Dakota Highway Patrol and South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks responded to the call. They rescued the pig and transported it to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society where he was treated for road rash and began a five-day waiting period during which his owner could reclaim him.
According to folks working the tappers at Gibby's Lanes Saturday, April 8, more than a thousand bikers took advantage of their hospitality as part of the Defrost Your Nuts motorcycle tour. Bikers from all over began the run at 10 a.m. in North Hudson at the Mallalieu Inn. Gibby's was the second stop on the run. Poor weather has canceled the run periodically over the years, but not Saturday. Temperatures in the 60s brought out all kinds of bikes and bikers. Bikes overflowed Gibby's parking lot and lined both sides of North Shore Drive for the better part of a half mile.
Community members old and young alike turned out in big numbers Saturday for the New Richmond Fire Department's eighth annual Chili Feed fundraiser. Everyone had the opportunity to taste 20 homemade chili recipes or if your stomach was not up to the challenge, hot dogs were on the menu as well. Monty Weeks parlayed an entry that combined his special recipe with his brother's to come away with first place in the hot category and the Judge's Choice Award for best overall chili.
New Richmond Saturday, April 8, the New Richmond Fire Department will open its doors at 4 p.m. for its eighth annual Chili Feed fundraiser. Everyone is invited. Luckily, it is held at the Fire Hall so there will be plenty of water available to help extinguish any mouths set on fire by particularly spicy chili entries. A silent auction and raffles will accompany the feeding frenzy. Money raised will be put toward advanced training and the purchase of safety and communications gear for the department.