Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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More St. Croix County drivers will be driving in circles if Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials move ahead with their plans. Several intersections along Hwy. 65 and one along Hwy. 64 have been identified as potential candidates for new roundabouts. "Four Corners," at the intersection of Hwys. 64, 63 and 46 east of New Richmond, will likely be the next location for a four-legged, traffic-control system. Officials hope to install a roundabout there in 2012. The intersection of Hwy. 65 and County Road G (near Ready Randy's Restaurant) is also a possible location for a roundabout.
In the world of turf management, too much green isn't necessarily a good thing. For years, some golf courses and park maintenance crews have liberally spread fertilizers on grass to help it grow. But now, thanks to a new state law, those people charged with growing turf must develop a nutrient management plan to find out how much fertilizer is enough. The law took effect March 10 and affects golf courses, city parks departments and anyone who fertilizes more than five acres of contiguous property. According to Ruth Hilfiker, commercial horticulture educator with St.
The current federal rating system can make it appear that motorists are in danger as they cross some bridges in St.
If this winter brings with it a global flu pandemic, will St. Croix County be ready? A stakeholders meeting involving representatives from county government, law enforcement, schools, municipalities, hospitals and the Red Cross was conducted Tuesday, Aug. 29, to help answer that question. Geralyn Karl, public health preparedness planner, told the group the sobering reality that a flu outbreak could bring. "It's not like a natural disaster that comes and goes," she said. "It could last four, six or eight weeks, and then it could come back later.