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Mercedes Mortimer was crowned Miss Star Prairie 2017 amidst a thunderous downpour Saturday night, June 18. Friends and family members filled the band shell to witness the crowning of the new court and thank the members of the outgoing court for their service. Outgoing Jr. Miss Star Prairie, Ellie Barlow-Sager, thanked family, community members and sponsors for their support and wished the new court success in the coming year.
After more than 30 years of teaching music at the New Richmond middle and high schools, orchestra instructor Jim Saliny will be retiring at the end of this school year. "When you are the only orchestra teacher, you start working with students starting in fifth grade. If they stay in the program, I get to watch them grow up. I get to know their families well. I've got kid's kids. I play at their weddings. It's really more like family," said Saliny.
When St. Croix Central senior Michael Sauer heads off to the University of Wisconsin at Madison next fall to study economics, his mom can rest securely knowing her mac and cheese recipe can lure him back home any time. "I don't know the exact proportion of cheese to noodles, but it's made with 100 percent love and that makes it the best," said Sauer. That compliment is probably good for an unlimited supply of brownie, or maybe muffin points as his mom's bite size chocolate muffins loaded with chocolate chips are his kryptonite when it comes to his sweet tooth.
A freak, localized weather event with damaging winds struck the properties of Judy Schultz and Jeff Dionisopoulos around 1 a.m. Wednesday, June 14. Fortunately, no one was injured. The neighbors' properties border either side of 140th Street not far behind New Richmond High School and Faith Community Church. High winds blew down a number of trees, damaged power lines and caused minor damage to both homes; 140th Street was closed briefly while crews cleared limbs and debris from the roadway and worked to restore power.
At their meeting Monday, June 12, Village of Hammond Trustees voted to approve amending their impact fee ordinance to allow a refund of those fees to an applicant if the requisite construction has been completed within one year of the application date. Fees are to be held in a separate bank account maintained by the Village. The goal of the program is to encourage new development in the village. The program will initially be run on a one-year trial basis beginning July 1, 2017 through July 1, 2018.
Street improvements, a new fire truck, and a major reduction in the city's debt were covered in a proposal passed by the New Richmond City Council on Monday, June 12. At their meeting Monday night, New Richmond City Council members unanimously approved Resolution #061701 awarding the sale of General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds, Series 2017A in the amount of $6,600,000.
"People have been telling me, 'We need a taxidermist here in town,'" Roberts resident Rick Holm said. Hunters and fishermen, consider your wish granted. Holm recently opened North West Wisconsin Taxidermy at 157 S. Knowles Ave., New Richmond. Do not panic when you first walk in and see Guy Fieri sitting behind the desk surrounded by mounts of white-tailed bucks and bass. You did not stumble into the Food Network. Holm just happens to resemble the Food Network star, enough so, that he might be able to snag a job as his stand-in if the taxidermy gig doesn't work out.
As is often the case, people deserving of recognition for the good work they are doing in their community are often a little reluctant to step into the spotlight, even if it is just for the length of a parade. Meet Somerset's own Sara Measner and Judy Schottler, selected by members of the Pea Soup Days Committee to serve as Grand Marshals for this year's parade starting at 11 a.m. June 10.
They are two of the nicest, most gracious people you will ever meet making them the perfect choice to be this year's Grand Marshals for Robert's Good Neighbor Days parade which steps off at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 4. Terry, or Gabby as he is known by many folks, and his wife Kris Lubich said they are honored to serve as the Grand Marshals for this year's parade. "I think it's awesome," said Kris. "To be recognized as someone that your community has picked to represent them." said Gabby. "We're quite honored. Our kids are awful proud," added Kris.
As festivities for the 2017 Good Neighbor Days celebration began ramping up Thursday afternoon, 94-year-old Fred Kuebker had a sneaky suspicion he might be headed over to the big top for something special and he was right. "I think he suspected something. Both of his daughters were out of town, so I was spending extra time with him over the weekend. He brought it up every time I saw him. He said, 'I know my name went into the box. I'm curious to see what happens,'" said Fred's granddaughter, Deidre Johnson.