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 Stillwater Lift Bridge is now closed. The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed both directions of the bridge at 9 a.m. this morning under the watchful eye of about 10 spectators. Officials close the bridge when the water reaches 86.2 feet. The river is currently at 86.45 feet in Stillwater, Minn. It's unknown when the bridge will open again. MnDot officials suggest commuters take alternative routes at Highway 243 south at Osceola or Interstate 94 at Hudson. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit 511mn.org.
New Richmond students in kindergarten through eighth-grade participated in the second annual History Fair held at the New Richmond Middle School Gymnasium on Tuesday, March 1. Elementary projects were given feedback from high school students enrolled in the Advanced Placement History class. Middle School projects were judged by New Richmond teachers. Middle School projects are eligible to move on to the regional level at UW-Eau Claire on March 31.
New Richmond seventh- and eighth-graders flocked to the middle school gymnasium March 3 to meet with various business professionals and discuss career paths. While it might seem early for 12-, 13- and 14-year-olds to be thinking about a career, Amanda Altmann, middle school counselor, said it's important to get the gears turning. "As part of our career units in our guidance classes we try to get the students started thinking about potential future careers.
New requirements for cities, towns and villages with municipal courts caused the Village of Star Prairie to eliminate its local court. The board unanimously voted to abolish the court at its regular board meeting on March 2. Some of the required changes include providing a separate office and phone number for the judge and clerk of courts. Currently, court is held in the village clerk's office. Judge Eva Hansen's term ends May 1.
When brothers George and John Dean were chosen as the 2011 St. Patrick's Day Parade grand marshals, they were dumfounded. "Ruth (McCabe) has done so much for our family and works so hard with Maribeth (Driscoll) to put on the parade," George said. "To be asked to be grand marshal in her parade ... there's no bigger honor." The Irish brothers have lived in the New Richmond area their entire lives. Their ancestors settled in Erin Prairie in 1860. The family farm, which was purchased by Brian Dean in 1898, is still owned by the family.
The Glenwood City Fire Department responded to reports of a house fire early Friday morning in Emerald. Firefighters arrived at 1557 County Road D shortly after 5 a.m., said Chief Greg Holden. The property is owned by Al and Janice Fleming, he said. The fire was contained to a section of the roof, which is where firefighters gained access to the house. Along with the burnt section, the house also sustained some water damage, he said. "There will have to be repairs," he said. Firefighters were on scene for until about 9 a.m., he said.
In preparation of anticipated budget cuts and changes to the collective bargaining process, New Richmond school officials issued non-renewal notices to its entire certified teaching staff this week as a way to buy itself more time and flexibility. The non-renewal notices, which needed to be served by Feb. 28, are required when a district is considering the non-renewal of a teacher contract.
One New Richmond senior has been selected as a finalist by the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. Emily Schuna joins about 15,000 other students who competed for about 8,400 scholarships, worth more than $36 million. Schuna was awarded a college-sponsored scholarship: full tuition to Northeastern University in Boston -- her first choice school. Originally from the east coast, Schuna said she's excited to reconnect with her friends.
Sarah Miller has always been into politics, but it wasn't until she started at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College that she decided to get involved. She's come a long way. Miller, a Baldwin resident, is now the president of the Wisconsin Student Government, a student-run organization that represents more than 406,000 technical college students across Wisconsin. Miller got involved in the Wisconsin Student Government about two and a half years ago, she said.
Most kids will tell you their favorite class is Physical Education. Combine that class with swimming at The Centre and you get one excited group of kids. Students in grades 1-5 are taught swimming skills for two weeks each year, said Becky Ahlbrecht, PE teacher at Paperjack Elementary. The lessons are offered as part of a cooperative agreement between The Centre and the school district. The students are split into two groups and swim on alternate days.