New Richmond Regional (Municipal) Airport

1969

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

March 26, 1969

Ice Dusting Appears To Be Successful

New Richmond was the scene of an experiment by the US Army Corps of Engineers when they dumped, by airplane, over 58 tons of Dresser trap rock on the ice of the widespread.

Previous to the experiment, Fran Mertis, Hudson, an ice and  snow specialist with the Engineers, made a study of the area to determine what could be done to relieve flood conditions in New Richmond.  Weather forecasters and experts in the field predict that although the weather has been ideal for melting the snow slowly, the threat still exists that floodwaters will overflow the banks of the Willow river.

Mertis determined that part of the problem here is that large pieces of ice jam up at the railroad bridge pilings between the mill pond and the widespread when the widespread ice breaks up.  This prevents the flow of water from cutting a channel through the floor of the widespread and thereby causing high water around the lakeshore.

In order to accelerate the melting of the ice on the widespread, two things were done last week.  First the drawdown was authorized of the lake by pulling the planks off two of the gates at the Doughboy dam.  The water was dropped about three feet.

Then on Wednesday, the Corps of Engineers hired an airplane and pilot to dump the trap rock in strips across the lake.  About 58 ton of the black rock was spread on the lake.

Mertis explained the theory of the rock dusting.  He said the rock captures most of the heat of the sun and the rock melts down through the ice.  Secondly, the rock has a glazed surface and it reflects some of the sun rays and bounces them into the ice.

He said rock is much better than salt because of the chemically harmful effect that salt would have on the fish marine life in the lake.  The project was completed without expense to the city.

Immediate action was seen after the rock was dumped on the ice.   The rock melted into the ice about four inches by the end of the first day.

It is expected that the ice will be well rotted by the time high water comes and will flow downstream without hampering the stream flow.

(Photograph - the picture was too poor to reproduce here) Russ Reinhartdt, local aviation enthusiast, provided the wings so the picture of the effect of the dusting of the ice on the widespread by another airplane could be taken.  The dusting consisted of about 58 ton of Dresser trap rock crushed to about half inch size.

September 4, 1969

Jaycees Prepare For Fly-In Bar-B-Que

The New Richmond Jaycees will hold their annual Fly-In Sunday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a variety of exhibits and entertainment planned for the big day.

The Jaycees have changed the format of the Fly-In this year from a breakfast to a chicken bar-b-que lunch with all the dressings.  But they have retained the aviation flavor by inviting airplane manufacturers and dealers to exhibit their crafts.

Exhibiting their aircraft will be Cessna, Piper, Bellanca, Beechcraft and Champion from Osceola.  The Navy is also sending a trainer for display purposes and an Army helicopter will also be on display.

September 11, 1969

A photo appeared in The News.  The homebuilt plane owned by M W Fairbrother was one of the well inspected static displays of planes at the Jaycee Fly-in, Sunday, Sept. 7.  While the plane was purchased last fall, Fairbrother spent all of his spare time last winter rebuilding it at the Trout Farm in Star Prairie.  Included in the rebuilding was the installation of a 180 h.p. Lycoming engine, new instrument panel, repainting and other modification.  Fairbrother also has constructed one other plane, a midget Mustang which he sold just before it was completed.

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