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(From left) WCCO-TV photojournalist David Porter, WCCO-TV news team members Jason DeRusha and Jamie Yuccas, and Star Prairie Trout Farm operations manager Ian Kiekegaard film a segment for the series on the shore of one of the trout farm’s many ponds. (Photo by Jordan Willi)

WCCO news team explores NR

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Last week, members of the WCCO-TV news team and the WCCO NewsRadio team visited various businesses, lakes and other attractions in New Richmond as part of the station’s Goin’ To The Lake series.


“The people really made the trip. Everyone was so incredibly hospitable and the pride for the town is amazing,” said WCCO news team member Jamie Yuccas. “All in all, a fantastic trip to New Richmond!”

Throughout the day on Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11, the WCCO-TV cameras took in all there was to offer in New Richmond as news team members Jason DeRusha and Yuccas visited several area establishments and connected with local residents.

On one of their days in New Richmond, the news team visited the New Richmond Heritage Center to speak with executive director Irv Sather, kayaked on the Apple River with Apple River Kayak, spent an afternoon at the Willow River State Park, toured the 45th Parallel Distillery and fished for Trout at the Star Prairie Trout Farm.

“We were having a local beer at Brady’s Brewhouse, when the owner of Blacksmith Seasonings came up and gave me all his products to sample,” DeRusha said. “We had people bring us local maple syrup, cheese curds, it was just incredible!”

The trout the pair caught at the trout farm were later cooked and served for them at local restaurant, Table 65.

“I can’t wait to get back with my family to go catch some trout at Star Prairie Trout Farm, and then have it cooked up at Table 65,” DeRusha said. “We just loved our visit. We knew the area would be beautiful, but we were overwhelmed at just how kind people were.”

And visiting all of those locations was just how they spent their first day in New Richmond.

The WCCO crew also went tubing on Bass Lake, milked cows at a farm, visited the Bass Lake Cheese Shop, experienced the “Wiggle Bridge” at the New Richmond Area Centre and took a float plane tour with Bernie Meister.

“I also brought home cheese from the Bass Lake Cheese Company, and Gin and Rye from 45th Parallel,” Yuccas said. “I had a gathering on Saturday with my family and served it all. No one could decide what they liked best because it was all fantastic.”

Yuccas even got the chance to take control of the float plane while she and DeRusha flew over New Richmond.

“The real highlight for me is something I couldn't bring home: meeting Bernie Meister, who owns and runs Meister's Bar on Cedar Lake,” Yuccas said. “He not only opened up at 3 a.m. for us to do live shots but he then took us up in his float plane! Now, that's the way to see New Richmond. He also let me take control for a couple minutes. It was so exhilarating. And we all landed safely!”

During the WCCO-TV morning newscast Thursday, the crew was on location at Meister’s Cedar Lake Grill and Bar, then spent their 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts at Willow River State Park. The team shot their morning live shots on Friday at Elements Cafe and were live from the Fun Fest midway for their 5 and 6 p.m. Friday night newscasts.

“The best part of our trip to New Richmond for me were the people,” said Managing Editor Jen Jimenez. “They opened their homes and their businesses to us and went above and beyond to help us showcase where they live and work, and I could not be more grateful. New Richmond is a hidden gem and I will definitely be back to fully enjoy everything we experienced during our trip.”

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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