New Richmond Regional (Municipal) Airport


The following articles are reprinted exactly as they appeared in The News

January 6, 1966


The Cedar Lake Resort will hold its eighth annual Fly-In breakfast on the south shore of the lake Sunday, Jan 9 starting at 8 am. Each year several dozen twin cities pilots fly to the resort and land on the ice-covered lake. The snow is plowed to provide natural runways for the airplanes.

Donie Walsh, proprietor of the resort will also have a parking area plowed on the ice to allow plenty of room for everyone. Howard Driscoll will be the chef of the breakfast, Russ Reinhardt will offer rides and there will be plenty for everyone to see and do.

March 17, 1966


Several matters were brought up and referred to action by the city atty, if and when he finds time to dispose of them. Such as negotiate for some property adjacent to the civic center – there are three homes south of the new bldg the city hopes to acquire within a reasonable time. One or two of the properties are available now if all parties can agree on a price. Some curb and gutter planning is also in the city atty’s sphere in getting some easements or acquiring some abutting property, as is the sale of some land at the airport to the state4 hwy commission which plans to do some road work on hwy 65 this summer adjacent to the airport and north for a mile or two, plus coming south to the junction of hwy 64.

Letter from DOT about the new highway

March 31, 1966

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AN AIRPLANE BELONGING to six New Richmond men was found upside down after one of the recent storms which struck the area. The airplane, which was recently recovered with a new fabric by the members of the flying club, working evenings and weekends, is nearly a total loss. One of the tie down ropes which held one to the wings down broke and allowed the airplane to whip at the will of the wind.

April 14, 1966


The regular April session of the common council was held Monday evening in the civic center with Mayor John A. Van Meter, Aldermen Leonard Peterson, Ray Brinkman, Leonard V. Seielstad, Jim Drill and Wm R. Reese present; alderman Cole absent, as was city atty Joe Hughes. City clerk-treasurer Don Preble was on hand to record the proceedings.

At one time in the session the matter of joining hands with an area farmer to lease part of Idle Field airport was discussed. It appears that Ralph Sette wanted to lease 25 acres of the field’s hay acreage and then he would put it in soil bank and receive some $898.86 from Uncle Sam for not raising anything. Upon receiving his soil bank check he would share it with the city. And in the meantime the city would still have some 27 acres of hay land no one wanted.

In a 3 to 2 vote the soil bank proposal was defeated. And it does seem sort of congruous? And at a later time it was brot out that while the city was participating in federal funds for some $15,000 (more or less) to clean out Willow River some apprehension was raised that Uncle Sam quit after the appropriation ran out but some of the city fathers wanted Uncle Sam to furnish more money to complete or expand the job.

Some of the city fathers would take federal funds for one project but ridicule another federal program.

August 11, 1966


A sleek, twin-engine Commander plane which has helped Doughboy Industries make history since it was acquired, added still another exciting chapter to its log the other day.

It figured in a dramatic flight from the twin cities to Detroit and back to Faribault where anxious people were waiting for replacement parts for a piece of equipment which had failed at the Doughboy plant.

It was a busy day for the recently reopened plant and they had on hand between 200,000 and 300,000 pounds of live turkeys for the processing and further processing operations.

Then, without warning, it happened.

A piece of equipment failed on a conveyor system and the entire operation came to a sudden stop. Maintenance crews examined the equipment and decided a replacement was needed.

Quickly they contacted the manufacturer of the equipment in Detroit, Mich, and were given the good news that the replacement was in stock.

"But," said the man on the Detroit end of the line, "It’s going to be tough getting it to you in a hurry. This airline strike has eliminated rush deliveries by air express or air freight. Now if you had a plane. . . ."

"We do," said a man at the Doughboy plant, "and we’ll fly down and pick up the parts."

The plant contacted Harry Nelson, traffic manager for Doughboy Industries at his office in New Richmond, and he, in turn, reached Allan Johnson, chief pilot for Doughboy Industries, who was at the St. Paul airport.

The breakdown had come at approximately 10 am, and 90 minutes later Johnson was headed east for Detroit. The factory had the package waiting for him at the airport when he arrived. It consisted of two parts and the total weight was only 25 pounds.

Meanwhile, back at the plant, they had welded the broken section and started the operation with their fingers crossed and their hopes high.

Johnson, in the meantime, ran into a weather front which took him far off course as he moved around the edge of the storm, and finally he landed at Faribault at 7:30 pm.

The plant was humming when the parts were delivered to the maintenance and service crews. But before they had a chance to pull the switches and stop the conveyor the welded parts broke away. And everything came to a halt.

Crews installed the new equipment during the night and next morning everything was back to normal.

September 8, 1966


Plans for the second annual Jaycess Fly-In Breakfast to be held at the New Richmond airport Sunday, Sept 18, were announced by committee chairman Robert Swanda at the meeting of the group Wednesday, Aug 31 at the civic center.

A model airplane acrobatic show, an air show by pilots of Champion Aircraft, Osceola, a display of airplanes and several other events will supplement the pancake and egg breakfast, according to Swanda. The breakfast will begin at 8 am and will end when everyone is served.

The annual breakfast is held to support the many programs of the Jaycees. During the past year, the Jaycees have held a Junior Champ program for young track and field athletes; honored an area farmer as the most outstanding young farmer of the community; carried out a scholarship program for two deserving seniors; sponsored many teen dances for the young people of the city; co-sponsored a political forum and presented the school band with a name banner.

The first year of the club activities has found the 30 men an active group, providing many opportunities for the young men of the community to gain experience in leadership. Through the proceeds of the fly-in breakfast, they expect to complete many more projects in the next year.

The Jaycees have invited pilots from all over Wisconsin and Minnesota to come to the fly-in.

September 15, 1966


The New Richmond Jaycees will hold their second annual fly-in breakfast at the New Richmond airport Sunday, Sept 18 beginning at 8 a.m. A full schedule of activities and entertainment will be offered at the airfield for the visitors.

Aircraft dealers from the twin cities have been invited to bring their airplanes for display, Champion Aircraft at Osceola will have planes on display and for a demonstration and possibly a short air show.

Flyers form all over the state and from many Minnesota communities visited the breakfast last year. Many flyers make it a habit to visit a new community each week during the summer months. The fly-in breakfasts are encouraged so that cities can promote their communities and show what they have to offer.

The breakfast which will begin at 8 a.m. will be held until 1 p.m. or until everyone is served. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee or milk will be offered for all.

Proceeds of the fly-in will be used to finance the many community activities of the club throughout the year. These include a scholarship fund, Junior Champ and many other young people’s activities.

September 29, 1966

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The New Richmond Jaycees report a successful second annual breakfast flight at the New Richmond airport Sunday, Sept 18 with over 50 planes form neighboring areas visiting the airport. There were 250 breakfasts served during the morning and many people took advantage of the breakfast flight for airplane rides over their properties.

The Jaycees, 16 strong of a membership of 20, actively working in the Doboy hangar, everyone taking a turn at frying pancakes, eggs and sausages. Several were kept busy trying to keep ahead of the coffee line.

Bob Swanda, chairman of this year’s event, said 38 dozen eggs, 32 lbs of pancake mix and over 30 pints of syrup were used during the breakfast. Over 50 rides were given during the day be local pilots to area people.

Spectators were thrilled by the parachutist jumps. The two men jumped from a plane piloted by Ralph Germain from an altitude of 9200 feet and free fell to 2500 feet before opening their parachutes. Both make successful landings.

Spectators, especially the children, enjoyed the model airplane acrobatic show. The airplane was controlled by a radio control unit and performed for over a half hour, doing many intricate maneuvers.

Champion Aircraft, Oscoela, provided an exciting air show with their airplane. The powerful plane made many passes over the field doing acrobatics that only a professional pilot could manage.

Spectators were able to walk among the many airplanes and inspect them. Several local aviators acted as impromptu guides, explaining the various instruments in the planes.

The Jaycees will use the proceeds from the annual breakfast to carry out civic programs during the year. This includes a scholarship program, several youth programs and other programs of the welfare of the community.

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