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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A record number of New Richmond School District students signed up for summer classes this year, forcing the district to add classes to make room. That's a good thing, said Jess Ferguson, district curriculum coordinator. A total of 869 students registered for the elementary through middle school classes, she said. That's about 150 more than previous years. "This has been really positive for us," Ferguson said.
Students in Faith Hesselink's class stepped back in time as they entered the Camp Nine School at the New Richmond Heritage Center on June 6. The second-graders spent much of Monday morning learning about how different school was in the early 1900s. The Camp Nine School, built in 1902 near Glenwood City, is a single classroom school that housed students in grades one through eight, said Rachel Starbuck, of the New Richmond Heritage Center. The Camp Nine rural school got its name because its original purpose was to provide a school room for the school-aged children of Lumber Camp Nine.
Hundreds of New Richmond seventh-graders took to the streets of New Richmond on June 8 to participate in the school's second annual New Richmond Amazing Race. The race, started last year by a few of the district's teachers, is designed as a fun way for students to use the skills they've been learning all year in the classroom. The middle school teachers came up with the idea after hearing about Wausau's race. New Richmond's race is broken up into two routes - north and south.
After working for the railroad for several years, Scott Smith wanted to "do something I enjoy doing" -- that's when he turned to barbeque. The owner of Smokin' Scooter's BBQ, Smith said he started barbequing while working for the railroad company. He said he's always worked on large batches, often serving a crew car of 30, 40 or 50 people. It's the atmosphere of a barbeque that Smith really enjoys, he said. "I really like being around people," he said.
Work has begun at Hatfield Regional Park in New Richmond. About 50 National Guard soldiers rolled into town on Sunday, June 5, to begin the next phase of development at the park. Dave Mehls, site manager at Hatfield Park, said the Guard started their work at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. The first focus will be on the development of two additional soccer fields, just north of the existing fields. The unit is also digging retention ponds, Mehls said. The work, which will include the excavation of 40-50 acres at Hatfield Regional Park, is being done as part of the unit's training.
New Richmond High School's build team is proud of the chopper they built and now they're going to brag about it a little bit. The team, consisting of Andrew Ennis, Zach Heurung, Nathan Hanson, Tyler Radlinger and David Schultz, won top honors for the bike at the Donnie Smith Chopper Class Challenge March 25-26, bringing home the overall win and the people's choice awards. It was the second year New Richmond has competed. Last year the team earned the people's choice award. To show off, the team will host an open house on Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A little rain couldn't keep friends and family members from watching their loved ones become the first to graduate from the new New Richmond High School. Two hundred seniors were issued their diplomas Friday night in the school's gymnasium. Looking back, class President Heather Hughes and Megan Suckut, one of the school's three valedictorians, said the senior class overcame the daunting task of learning a new high school. Suckut admitted to being one of those unfortunate people to get lost in the parking lot her first day at the school. While some seniors might have been frustrated those f
Students at Starr Elementary raised $7,185.87 for Jump Rope for Heart, a program that promotes physical activity and heart health through jumping rope. "You only have one heart," A.J. Zinck, physical education teacher at Starr Elementary, told the kids on Friday. This was the third year Starr Elementary participated in Jump Rope for Heart, Zinck said. The first year students raised $5,600 and last year the group raised $4,000. "This was more than other years, but was also our first time running it in April," he said.
Sixteen teachers are retiring from the New Richmond School District at the end of June.
Supporters of a new St. Croix River Crossing today launched a broad-based, community-supported coalition to advocate for the construction of a new four-lane bridge. The proposed St. Croix River Crossing would replace the 80-year-old Stillwater Lift Bridge, which Stillwater, Minn. Mayor Ken Harycki calls a fracture-critical structure. Harycki is co-chairman of the new coalition. The group gathered today in Lowell Park in Stillwater to discuss the coalitions motives. "We're here for one reason," Harycki said.