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When she was a little girl, Judy Hostvet-Paulson enjoyed first-run Hollywood movies at the Old Gem Theater. Little did she know that decades later she would be the star attraction at the facility's latest show. The work of this New Richmond multi-talented artist is featured at the Old Gem this month. An art exhibit opening and artist reception were held as part of the "Do It Downtown" promotion last Thursday. "I don't display my work very often in New Richmond," Hostvet said as she set up her pieces in anticipation of the evening's festivities.
New Richmond High School students will be serving the community again this spring. The third annual Service Learning Day is slated for May 18. On that day, rain or shine, teams of 20 to 40 students, faculty members and adult volunteers will fan out across the area to paint, clean, plant, sing and pick up garbage. According to Trish Moberg, one of the teachers helping coordinate the day's activities, 40 to 43 projects are scheduled to be completed by students that day.
The painting is not your typical multi-colored, playful scene found in many schools. On the wall of Michelle Riba's classroom at New Richmond High School is a recently completed mural commemorating the sacrifice of our country's soldiers during the major wars. The scene depicts a solitary soldier, standing among the grave markers of comrades.
Lester E. Rondeau, 84, New Richmond, died April 14 at the St. Croix Health Center. He and his wife, Florine, operated Rondeau's Floor Service for many years. He worked for 14 years on the New Richmond Area Ambulance and Rescue Squad. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Richmond. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Cullen Crea Funeral Home, 307 Arch Street.
In 1872, New Richmond was poised to welcome a transportation lifeline to town. The Omaha railroad line linked the infant community to expanded commerce opportunities and people were excited. Today, a new transportation link is creating a similar buzz. By November of this year, the final four-lane section of Highway 64 will create a speedy link between New Richmond and the metropolitan area to the west. What the ultimate economic impact of the new highway will be is anybody's guess. Some predict the link will open up the floodgates for new residents and businesses around the community.
The owner of a new shipping center in New Richmond hopes the region's growth will translate into business success. Glenn Thompson, owner of the new Oh Ship store in the industrial park, has been in the data storage and office supply business for more than 12 years. The former Stillwater resident moved to the area recently when his wife found a dream home along the Apple River, and Thompson started to explore business opportunities in the area. Thompson contacted Federal Express about opening an authorized shipping center here and discovered the closest similar businesses is in Hudson. "New
Music from a bygone era drifted through the gym doors at New Richmond High School Friday. Inside, area senior citizens were mingling with excited teenagers as part of a first-ever event -- a Senior Citizen prom. Organized by Mark Neumann's public speaking class and the student-volunteer Key Club, the prom was an afternoon extravaganza for area senior citizens. A good crowd of seniors was on hand, with quite a few students encouraging the older prom participants to hit the dance floor. A handful of brave dancers eventually got up to cut the rug.