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With lightning dancing on the horizon, a large crowd finished off the 4th of July holiday with food, fun and fireworks at Hatfield Park Tuesday, July 4. The celebration, sponsored by the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce, featured games for the kids, frozen treats, face painting and plenty of room for picnic blankets. The fireworks grand finale elicited a sea of oohs and aahs from the crowd before heading into the second half of summer.
The rain held off long enough for folks to enjoy an evening of grilled chicken, bean bag and fireworks at the Lions Club annual Deer Park Village Celebration, Friday, June 30. A competitive bean bag tournament kept the good-sized crowd occupied while they enjoyed grilled chicken, brats, hot dogs, deep fried cheese curds, chips and coleslaw while waiting for the fireworks to begin.
First and foremost, Police Chief Craig Yehlik, understands the duty of his department is to serve and protect all citizens of New Richmond. To be successful, he knows he and his officers must build a healthy relationship with community members. Officers need to be perceived as people too, to be accessible and approachable by all community members. He wants citizens to feel comfortable around his officers, to appreciate they are allies, not enemies.
Auditing firm CliftonLarsonAllen's April Anderson walked Somerset village trustees through the 2016 audit report highlights at the June 20 meeting. She noted that deficiencies referred to in the report pertaining to a lack of staff participation and oversight are common to small municipalities. Municipalities the size of Somerset cannot afford the manpower or hours that it would take to fully undertake and produce a complete audit report on their own. Those responsibilities are typically farmed out to a firm like CliftonLarsonAllen to be completed.
The Cedar Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District realized an important part of its lake management plan on Wednesday, June 14, when it began the first of five alum treatments that will be used to combat phosphorus levels in the lake over the next 15 years.
Maybe the most important information to come out of New Richmond's second North Side Listening Session Monday, June 26 was an opportunity for citizens to roll up their sleeves and literally get involved in the revamp of the city's comprehensive plan.
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.