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New Richmond kid to take over as editor

Mike Foley has joined the news staff of the New Richmond News and will assume the role of managing editor later in August, when current editor Jeff Holmquist moves to Colorado with his family.

Micheal Foley, who grew up in New Richmond, will take over as editor of the New Richmond News later this summer after current editor Jeff Holmquist moves to Colorado Springs, Colo.

Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July, and he has been writing stories for the River Falls Journal, the New Richmond News and the Business Review magazine. Over the next month he will work alongside Holmquist to ensure a smooth transition.

Foley lived in New Richmond as a kid from 1984 to 1996 before moving to Cumberland to finish his last two years of high school. While living in New Richmond, Foley was involved in the Cub Scouts, Little League and Babe Ruth baseball, varsity track and cross country and the several activities associated with the United Methodist Church.

Foley began his career as a military journalist while enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar base newspaper in San Diego.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he also served as a veterans services representative and the editor of the Student Voice campus newspaper. While in college he interned at the Republican Eagle in Red Wing, Minn.

Foley was a copy editor at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, a public relations agency based in Seattle. He also worked in newsrooms at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn.

In December 2010, Foley launched Hudson Patch, a news and information website for the Hudson community.

Currently Foley lives in Hudson with his girlfriend Lisa Stratton. In his spare time he enjoys blogging, shooting photos and videos, volunteering and day hiking and backpacking.

Jeff Holmquist
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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