Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D.
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Star Prairie’s 2013 Ox Cart Days grand marshals met in high school and have been together ever since. Bruce and Patsy Johnson met in the 1970s while attending New Richmond High School. Bruce, a high school junior, took notice of Patsy at a high school dance and immediately asked her out. “I asked her out and she didn’t want to,” Bruce said. “But she did.
After eight years of operation, New Richmond's Walmart received a facelift. Employees finished an eight-week remodel of the store last week and hosted a re-grand opening on July 19 to celebrate. Employees at Walmart were promised a remodel last year; however, the project kept getting pushed back. Along with changing the placement of some products, the remodel includes new displays for fresh produce, new low-profile shelving near the self-checkout machines, new signage and a new and improved craft and sewing department that includes fabric.
New statewide teacher and principal evaluation standards will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year and the New Richmond School District is doing its best to get a jumpstart on the program. The Educator Effectiveness System will become law in 2014 and, to help prepare, several New Richmond administrators and teachers are participating in a pilot program to get a better handle on what will be required of them. The new system is designed to measure the effectiveness of a teacher or principal based on educator practices and student outcomes. The
Duke has come a long way since he first arrived at New Richmond High School on Oct. 16, 2012. At the time, the 3-week-old jersey bull calf weighed just 79 pounds. When he returned home to the Jim and Chris Miller farm at the end of the school year he weighed about 450. Now, Jim said, Duke probably weighs even more. "We won't know for sure until he's weighed at the fair, but I'd guess he's about 650," he said. Duke won't make weight (1,050 pounds) for the auction, but the Millers' daughter, Mollie, 12, still plans to show him in the beef class on Friday, July 19.
When Bennie and Stacy Brevard-Mays moved to New Richmond about two years ago, they knew something was missing. Bennie, a New York native, said he hated that New Richmond had only two options for clothing. “Everyone shops at Walmart and you have 30 people wearing the same thing,” he said. “I understand they’re there for convenience, but for us, shopping became a whole day affair.” That’s when the idea for New York Stylez came about.
Jeff Moberg is a Tiger — always has been, always will be. The hometown boy grew up in Star Prairie and graduated from New Richmond High School in 1987. On Monday, July 1, he took over as district administrator. “I think I have a bit of an advantage being from the area,” he said. “There’s a sense of pride and commitment.
When Vernon Conrad was named New Richmond’s 2013 Citizen of the Year, he didn’t realize the title came with Fun Fest grand marshal duties. It wasn’t until he read the article about himself in the New Richmond News that he discovered the added responsibility. “Oh was I happy,” he said. Conrad, a developmentally disabled adult, immediately contacted Wally Lind, who, along with his wife Esther, acts as Conrad’s legal guardian, to tell him about the honor. “I wasn’t so sure, so we had to call the Chamber to confirm it,” Lind said. Conrad was dubbed New Richmond’s No.
When Messes and Masterpieces owner Christine Melby asked Mania Moore to create a fairy house for the citywide fairy project, Moore took it one step further — she created Wee Town. Wee Town, population 17, was developed along the side of the road at Moore’s home, 533 E.
Fun Fuest kicked off in New Richmond today with the first event being the chalk coloring contest at Sweet Greetings.. The festival, which mostly takes place at Cyclone Park, will last July 11-14.. This year’s Fun Fest is generally the same as previous years, but there are a few changes worth mentioning, said Lisa Woletz, director of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce. Thursday night has been declared country music night and will feature Tim Sigler, a popular country artist in the area. “We thought it would be a great addition to Fun Fest to add some country music,” Wolet
Local school districts are sighing in relief after the release of the July 1 general aid estimates from the state. According to the documents, New Richmond schools are looking at the best scenario with estimated general aid increasing $1,715,216 (8.64 percent) to $21,566,893, compared to 2012-13 general aid of $19,851,677. In the St.