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NR Chamber opens Citizen of the Year voting

The New Richmond Area Chamber officially opened Citizen of the Year voting today, Friday, Nov. 17, with the voting deadline scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1.

Votes can be submited by going to or by going to For more information on how to vote, contact the Chamber at

The Citizen of the Year will be announced at the Chamber’s annual meeting and awards gala on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at R&D Catering.

Here are this year's Citizen of the Year nominees:

Joe Beuning: For 40-plus years, Beuning has been Dr. Joe to many. He cared for and about people in his work as a PA-C at Westfields. But more than that, he spent time making New Richmond a place that people enjoy calling their home. He worked on school issues with the purpose of ensuring quality facilities and education opportunities. His high energy and warm, friendly personality has been an important part of community organizations such as Rotary, Hospital Board, church finance council and the New Richmond Area Community Foundation. Beuning and his wife raised three children in New Richmond and now enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren.

Jenny (Van Dyk) Larson: Larson’s passion to improve our trail system is making a huge impact on our community's health and safety. A notable achievement in 2017 was the opening of the 140th path, a project she was a part of from start to finish with her LTI group. Larson serves on the New Richmond Recreational Plan, Pathways Committee, Chamber Ambassador, Million Calorie Burn committee, is a Running Club member, and part of the team working on New Richmond’s Comprehensive Plan. Born and raised in New Richmond, she and her husband are now raising their two boys in the community she loves.

Chuck Mehls: Chuck Mehls started the New Richmond ambulance in 1968 and has taught Health & Safety and Drivers Education for over 30 years. He also delivers meals at Thanksgiving time and has coached the eighth grade football team for almost two decades. Mehls served in the military for 25 years in a combination of active duty, Reserves and National Guard. Chuck has been the Honor Guard Commander with American Legion Post 80 for 14 years, with the important job of paying tribute to our Nation at the funerals of veterans and community events. Mehls and his wife have raised four children in the community he continues to serve honorably.

Craig Yehlik: Yehlik moved to the New Richmond area over 20 years ago to work for the New Richmond Police Department and currently serves as your Chief of Police. Yehlik continually thinks of the community and ways to better it. He genuinely cares about New Richmond residents and works hard to help them, keep them safe and healthy. He stays active with family safety night, National Night Out, teaching civilian response to active shooters and other programs within New Richmond. He's never too busy to lend an ear or helping hand when either are in need. And although his position in the community can be stressful, Yehlik keeps his sense of humor and encourages others to do the same. Yehlik and his wife have raised two children in our community and been active in youth hockey and dance.