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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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.
New Richmond High School's forensics team has done it again. The group was awarded their sixth consecutive Excellence in Speech award. "For a high school to win this award once is unbelievable but six straight years in a row is almost unheard of," said Danette Tellijohn, forensics advisor. The award is given to schools ranking in the top 5 percent at the speech festival in Madison. This year 17 schools were awarded an Excellence in Speech award. Tellijohn said she received a letter from from State Forensics Association telling her of the award.
When the New Richmond Middle School eighth-graders take their annual trip to Washington, D.C., Vicki Cobian never knows what to expect. "This was the best year of all," she said. The 39 middle-schoolers traveled to the nation's Capitol April 16-18. Flying into Reagan National Airport is always a treat, Cobian said. "It's one of those airports that you can see the monuments from the air," she said.
Next week hundreds of New Richmond students will take to the streets to participate in Service Learning Day. The annual event started several years ago and has been gaining momentum ever since. This year, on Friday, May 20, high school students will leave their classrooms and take to the streets for a day of community service. The entire high school student body, staff and volunteers will make up the more than 1,000 people participating in various projects around the New Richmond area.
Sixteen teachers are retiring from the New Richmond School District at the end of June.
New Richmond fourth-graders spent April 29 at Cyclone Park to celebrate Arbor Day. The fourth-graders spent about an hour at demonstrations learning about pruning, identifying and planting trees. At the end of the day, each class planted a tree in the park. The annual Arbor Day celebration began in 2007 when 13, 10-foot trees were planted along Richmond Way by Westfield Hospital.
Adolph Brown, who goes by Doc Brown, had one message for the students of New Richmond Middle School and New Richmond High School on Thursday: Be your best. Brown, who considers himself an enthusiastic communicator, spoke to the students while in New Richmond. Later that night, he also discussed "Lessons in Uncommon Sense" with community members. The visit was sponsored by JA Counter and the New Richmond Area Community Foundation. Brown began his presentation by pretending to be a new student in school.
Fifteen seniors at New Richmond High School were awarded $5,800 in scholarships from New Richmond Rotary Club for bettering their GPAs this year. Normally the club gives out about $3,000 in scholarship money, said Paula Gretzlock, high school counselor. The scholarships are part of the STRIVE program, a program designed to encourage students to improve their grade point average by at least half a letter grade.
New Richmond School District students took cover Thursday as part of a statewide tornado drill put on by the National Weather Service. The annual drill was a part of Wisconsin's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week sponsored by Wisconsin Emergency Management and the National Weather Service. Simulated tornado watches and warnings were issued to test the statewide warning and communications systems. In schools, it gives students, staff and administration the opportunity to run through what would happen in such an emergency. According to the National Weather Service, those in school sho
The New Richmond Middle School Origami Club met for the first time April 5. The new club, created by Eric Lusardi, is an opportunity for students to meet and learn about the art of paper folding. Everyone knows a little bit about origami, Lusardi said. "Do you know how to make a paper airplane? That's origami," he explained. The goal of origami to to create a sculpture from a flat piece of paper -- without using glue or cuts. Lusardi said he hasn't been practicing origami for very long.