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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The first day of school is right around the corner for New Richmond students and kids are gearing up for the new year. Classes begin the first week of September for most students with 4K and grades 1-9 beginning Sept. 1, grades 10-12 beginning Sept. 2 and kindergarten beginning Sept. 7. Elementary All grades (except kindergarten) at New Richmond's elementary schools start school Thursday, Sept. 1. Kindergarten begins Wednesday, Sept. 7. To ensure a positive start to the school year, the district has scheduled an open house at each of the elementary schools on Wednesday, Aug.
The latest ACT results are out and teachers in New Richmond are celebrating. New Richmond averaged a 23.8, which is a full point higher than last year's average of 22.8, and ranks them higher than all area schools - including Hudson (23.7) and River Falls (23). Jess Ferguson, director of curriculum and instruction in New Richmond, said the district is really proud and excited. "Their scores are awesome," she said. On top of beating every school in the area, Ferguson said New Richmond also scored higher than Eau Claire's North High School, which averaged 21.2; Eau Claire's Memorial High Sch
When Bert and Ruby Frey got the call asking them to be this year's Ox Cart Days grand marshals, they were shocked. "I think I said, 'Huh? Us?'" said Ruby Frey. The Freys have lived in the area all their lives.
One of the benefits of being a Spanish student at New Richmond High School is the optional trips the group takes bi-annually. This year a group of five students ventured to Costa Rica from June 22-30.
New Richmond Middle School is a hub of activity as teachers and staff work to ready the "new" school for fall classes. The building's interior work - including a large project that remodeled the school's offices, commons and kitchen areas - has been finished since mid-May, said Principal Doug Hatch of the building on Riley Avenue. "We had that completed before Summer Stretch," he said. Other work, such as new landscaping and concrete work at the school's entrance, was finished in early July. School officials have yet to do a final walk through of the building - something that's required be
The power at New Richmond Middle School on Riley Avenue has been out since a transformer caught fire last week. The fire fried the transformer along with several feet of primary line, said Dennis Horner, city utility manager. Utility crews were working hard in the heat to replace the transformer and attempted to restore power on Monday before discovering the damage to the primary power line, he said.
Students in Beth L'Allier's Getting Teens Together class at New Richmond High School are learning what it's like to be a mentor. The class is made up of six mentors and six special education students.
This year's Fun Fest was the best of them all - at least that's what Russ Korpela thinks. Korpela, director of the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce, said from a logistical & operations standpoint, this year's Fun Fest ran the smoothest. The festival, which was held July 7-10 saw decent crowds, he said. "I talked with the carnival operator and the wristband days were very well received," he said.
New Richmond firefighters responded to reports of a fire at New Richmond Middle School on Thursday afternoon. A transformer had caught fire causing several pops and small explosions as fire crews fought to contain the blaze. The transformers, located on the east side of the school next to the former alternative school, were fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
To help combat the increasing enrollment numbers at the elementary level, the New Richmond School District has hired nine new teachers, played musical classrooms with others and is still looking to lower classroom sizes in the fifth grade at Hillside Elementary. As of June 16, the district is looking at an enrollment of 1,372 in grades kindergarten through fifth, according to numbers provided to the school board at its regular June meeting.