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Bakken Young breaks ground for new facility

(From left) Brian Hinz and Tyler Westfield,Elliot Architects; Tam Schreiner, FFH Design; Jim Zajkowski, District 6 Alderman; New Richmond Mayor Fred Horne, Evie Bakken, Jodie Bakken Young, Denny Bakken, Brian Young, Sharon and Jim Beebe; Brian Baas and Ben Holmberg, BJ Baas Builders, Inc.; and New Richmond Chamber Executive Director Rob Kreibich were on hand for a ribbon cutting May 11 for the new Bakken Young Funeral Home. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia

Jody Bakken Young and Brian Young were joined by members of the Bakken and Beebe families, New Richmond Mayor Fred Horne, city officials and representatives from the architectural, design and construction team Friday, May 11, in a groundbreaking ceremony at 728 S. Knowles Ave., site of their new funeral and cremation facility.

"We're really excited that Bakken Young chose New Richmond to build and expand their business from a business that has been here for 104 years. Keeping the new building on the ground that the Beebes originally owned in New Richmond is really important. We really appreciate what Jodie and Brian have done for the Beebes, taking over for them, the easy transition, how they treat the people who come into their business is amazing. All of us have been touched by them. We've all had services and things that they have done for us. On behalf of the Mayor and the City Council, we welcome you to this new location," said New Richmond Community Development Director Beth Thompson.

"It has been an icon in this community for 104 years. Thank you for choosing New richmond to continue the Beebe legacy here. We're excited to have you guys," added Horne.

"We moved to western Wisconsin back in 1999 and created Bakken Young Funeral and Cremation Services. Early in 2000, we met Jim Beebe and that began a relationship of us, kind of behind the scenes, helping he and Sharon out. That's how our relationship began. In 2008, when Jim and Sharon were ready to retire, they sold their funeral business to us and it was then that Brian and I set a goal to build a new facility here in New Richmond. Today we want to thank you the City of New Richmond, staff and elected officials, for their efforts and willingness to see our project built here in the City of New Richmond. Thank you to Jim and Sharon for your confidence and continued support. It's been a decade since we took it over and finally to the late John Beebe for insuring that this is the spot. Brian and I now live in John's house and it's really wonderful to be here. Thank you," said Jodie Bakken Young.