New Richmond Regional (Municipal) Airport


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

January 4, 1968

Airplane Damaged At Airport Sunday

A Sleepy Eye (Minn) aviator had a minor accident at the New Richmond airport Monday, January 1 when the landing gear on his airplane collapsed upon landing.  He is Don Brinkman, a Sleepy Eye chiropractor, formerly of Somerset. 

Brinkman told New Richmond police that he attempted to land on the grass runway and the nosewheel on the airplane collapsed.  Also damaged was the wing and the propellor [sic]. 

January 11, 1968

Jaycees Expound 1967 Achievements

by Dr Dale C Soderberg, Jaycee Vice President

The New Richmond Jaycees were officially recognized as a chapter May 10, 1965.  Since our original charter, we feel that the Jaycees of New Richmond have contributed a great deal in making our community one of the finer communities in the state.

Many people are still quite uncertain, however, as to what are the aims, purposes and accomplishments of the Jaycees. 

We have been an extremely busy chapter this past year and among our many projects are the following:

. . . . . . Item number 16. Sponsored the annual Fly-In breakfast.

March 28, 1968

Pilot Apprehended For Flying Under Interstate Bridge

Ernest (Bud) Schillinger, 37, New Richmond, was apprehended by sheriff Charles Grant Thursday, March 21 for flying an airplane under the Hudson interstate bridge.  Schillinger was turned over to Hudson police who allowed him to return the airplane to New Richmond.  The Federal Aeronautical Administration  was notified of his action and the matter is now in their hands.

There have been several complaints made to Stillwater and Hudson police and Washington and St Croix county sheriff departments of pilots flying under the interstate and Stillwater bridges.  Part of the Hudson bridge is within the city limits and flying below a certain altitude is an infraction of flying rules.  Schillinger told officers he planned to land on the ice of the river but changed his mind. 

April 8, 1969


A gust of wind caught a Canadian airplane which was trying to land at the New Richmond airport during the 50 mile per hour winds Sunday and flipped it over on its top, damaging the wing, rudder and propellor [sic].  The pilot, Lawrence W Michalski, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan had just purchased the airplane and was flying it back to his home. 

Officer Gary Steel said he noticed the planes circling the airfield and noted they were being buffeted around in the high winds.  The first airplane was flown by Keith Griffith, Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and it landed without incident. 

The Michaliki plane appeared to land without trouble but then a gust of wind caught it and tipped it over on one swing [sic] and then onto its back.  The pilot received a cut from the broken windshield. 

May 9, 1968

Pilot for King Olav V of Norway

Local aviator Russ Reinhardt, 941 Riley Av, a pilot for Hamm's, was the pilot of the plane which took King Olav V of Norway from Mpls to Decorah, Iowa, Saturday, May 4.  Reinhardt has been pilot of the Hamm's plane for several years and was picked as one of seven pilots to take the king and his royal party on a round trip to Decorah.

King Olav V is in the United States on a 17-day tour of major cities with high populations of Norwegian descendants.  He also stopped at Madison and Milwaukee during the goodwill tour.  Reinhardt said he has flown many celebrities during his flying career but this was the first time he has flown royalty.  He said it was quite a thrill to witness the pomp and protocol which is accorded royalty. 

May 16, 1968

Soon to adorn the entry to the new American Legion clubhouse on High St is this Air Force T-33 trainer which was recently trucked to New Richmond by several Legionnaires.  The tail and nose sections were trucked separately from Truax field at Madison by Lyle Kellaher, Bill Parent, Lee Steinberger and Wally Olien, while Warren Bader brought the rest of the jet trainer on a large truck.  The trainer will be erected on three steel beams in front of the clubhouse after being assembled. 

September 12, 1968

New Civic Projects

New Richmond Jaycees approved six projects at the regular meeting Wednesday, Sept 4 which will keep all the members busy for several months.  The new projects include the annual fly-in breakfast, a Christmas movie for all the youngsters of the area, a turkey shoot on two weekends, a tree planting week, a smoker for new members and the building of a new sign at the airport. 

Charles Mehls was appointed the chairman of a project to erect a sign at the entrance to the airport.  The project, estimated to cost about $80, will be completed in time for the annual fly-in breakfast in October.

November 23, 1968


Will there be a metropolitan airport in St Croix county?  This question is being asked more and more as the date for the final decisions of the re-location of the Twin Cities International Airport draws near.

St Croix county hasn't even come into the picture for a location of a large airport, expected to cover 15,000 acres until the county resource agent Willard Olson appeared at a hearing last week of the airport commission.  Olson said he was at the hearing simply to gather information which might be germain to St Croix county.

However, following his appearance, The News received telephone calls from concerned residents.  The callers were not in favor of having the large airport complex located in this county.  One caller pledged 150 signatures to bring the question before the voters on a referendum. 

Olson, in commenting on his appearance at the hearing before the airport commission, said "we have looked at the topography maps of the county and we have areas which are flat, gravel based and large enough to accommodate the airport.  But at present there is a division of feeling about having the airport in this county among the county supervisors."

It is known that the flat area west of Cedar Lake would be ideal for the airport but would also create problems for the city of New Richmond.  There are many problems which would have to be overcome before the airport would be acceptable. 

However, as one person pointed out, should it be decided that the airport should be located in Wisconsin, in Pierce, St Croix or Polk county, St Croix county would be the most ideal form the standpoint of travel to the metropolitan area.

The airport would provide a tax base which would be comparable to several large industries.  It would attract considerable housing as it did in Burnsville several years ago.

But it also would create noise problems, travel problems and an outlay for roads which might not be possible at the present time.

November 30, 1969


The local airplane which had been reported missing or stolen, wasn't.  The airplane, a red and silver Aeronca, was reported stolen from the St Paul downtown airport by James L Miller, owner of Aero Mechanix co which had been working on the airplane.

One of the local owners went to the airport Thanksgiving Day and notified airport authorities he was taking the airplane and flew it back to New Richmond.  But the mechanic neglected to ask airport authorities about the plane before reporting the theft to St Paul police, when upon arriving at the airport Friday, Nov 24, he noticed the plane was missing.

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