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The tradition of quilting celebrates a rich history that is both utilitarian and commemorative.
I am not big on making New Year’s resolutions but I will admit, 2016 was a trying year both publicly and personally. Having lost both of my parents and the political investment intellectually and emotionally make the opportunity to start afresh in 2017, if no more than symbolically, a welcome respite. The promise of hope and the illusion of creeping back into control of my life slowly but surely promise to make this year better.
Victims of domestic and sexual violence once again have access to safety and support services in New Richmond thanks to Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, a non-profit crisis shelter and resource center headquartered in River Falls.
New Richmond and St. Croix County VFW Post 10818 members Dave Green and Ken House presented State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf with a special commemorative collection of flags flown in the Field of Flags as part of the Wall that Heals memorial, which visited New Richmond in September in 2015. The collection includes a USA flag, a POW/MIA flag from the Field of Flags and a Canadian flag provided to the Honor Guard from Canada during the memorial celebration.
Several months ago, one of New Richmond’s up and coming small businesses, All Exteriors, made a move to the north side -- 1051 N. Dakota Ave., to be precise, just down the street from Gibby’s. Owners Al and Lindsey Clark, started the business out of their house six years ago. This fall they moved into 5,000 square feet of space divided between two buildings, a brand new showroom and a much-needed warehouse. They are pretty pleased with their new digs.
Somerset Ehlers Inc. municipal advisor Sean Lentz walked Somerset Village trustees through a proposed financial management plan which would guide village finances for the next five to 10 years.
It was impossible not to embrace the spirit of the season after watching St. Anne’s Annual Christmas Pageant, shepherds, sheep, and a savior. From Smelly Sheep to donkeys, shepherds to wise men and angels, this year’s pageant had something for everyone. Sharon Lehner and Mr. Faux had their students from K-8 ready to perform and the students seemed to thoroughly enjoy participating.
Santa listened to wish lists and posed for pictures while a team of volunteer helpers manned craft stations and served pancakes and sausages to a full house Saturday morning at Ready Randy’s in New Richmond. Proceeds from Santa’s visit benefited Grace Place Shelter.
Community member and student voices play an important role During his remarks at Monday night’s school board meeting, Superintendent Mark Bezek commended community members, staff and students for their thoughtful input provided during several listening sessions meant to help provide direction for the district’s next strategic plan. He was especially impressed with the students. “They took the ball and ran with it. They weren’t shy at all about sharing their opinions,” said Bezek.
Preliminary DNR estimates indicate the 2016 deer hunt was slightly less successful than the 2015 hunt, 196,785 deer harvested in 2016 compared to 198,057 in 2015. Don’t tell that to Ralph Powers, owner of Powers Wild Game Processing located just off of Highway 65 north of New Richmond. Powers’ business card says, “If you can kill it, I can make it taste good.”