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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Members of New Richmond High School's Key Club spent a few days last week making fleece blankets for the children's ward of Westfields Hospital. "I came up with this idea through my mom who worked with United Way," said Brittany Weninger, sophomore. Farm and Home donated about $100 worth of fleece fabric that the girls then used to create the tie blankets. Key Club is a community service-based organization, said Abbi Turner, sophomore. The group is constantly looking for ways to help the community. "We're always looking for new members too," said Weninger.
Flavio Martins thought he lived in a smaller town -- then he discovered New Richmond. The Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil native said he had never been to a community with only 8,000 people. In fact, the high school senior said his high school is more populated than New Richmond. "We have about 12,000 people at my school," he said. "We have about 450,000 inhabitants in Santos." The foreign exchange student arrived in New Richmond last August.
Christine Lindner, Wisconsin's 63rd Alice in Dairyland, visited New Richmond High School Dec. 8 to visit with students and discuss agricultural careers. Not all agriculture careers are on farms, she told the students. Lindner, who has a degree in agriculture journalism, said almost every career is centered around agriculture. "It's pretty eye-opening for them," she said. "No matter what they want to do with their lives, agriculture is a part of it.
A free, six-week program to help strengthen local families is being offered in the New Richmond School District. Parents: "Do you know your child's favorite musical group?" Kids: "Can you name a song your dad likes?" Questions like these are from a "Strengthening Families" activity that promotes fun and communication. If you have been asking yourself, "How can I stay connected with my son or daughter?" or "How can we have fun together as a family?," then plan to attend. This program will: Help parents build on their strengths in showing love and setting limits. Help youth develop sk
Police responded to reports of a break in at Ava's Restaurant, 850 N. Knowles Ave., Wednesday morning. During the night, someone had gained entry to the restaurant by forcing open the back door, said Police Chief Mark Samelstad. Once inside, thieves took the safe, digital video recorder (used as part of the security system) and an undisclosed amount of money from the registers, Samelstad said. He would not comment on whether there are any suspects, saying the case will be handed over to the detectives. For more information on this story, read next week's New Richmond News.
Eighth-grader Jimmy Miller has an unusual hobby. It's a pastime that most 13-year-olds wouldn't consider - woodcarving. The Star Prairie resident has been carving wood in some capacity since he was very young; however, it was only two years ago when he really started focusing on the craft. "I've always liked carving wood," Miller said.
As the country celebrated national community education day Nov. 16, Cheryl Emerson was looking to the future. Emerson, New Richmond's director of community education, has a lot on her plate this year. Next year will mark the 30th anniversary for New Richmond Community Ed, she said.
After receiving about $590,000 in job stimulus funding, the New Richmond School Board is trying to determine how to spend the new money without creating long-term financial commitments for the district. Some of the money has already been used to hire back some staff, said Morrie Veilleux, district administrator.
New Richmond High School SPARK tutors are celebrating cultural competence in November and have planned several events at the school to promote diversity. "This is based on getting the school involved with diversity," said Tayler Parfitt, senior. "New Richmond isn't the most diverse place and it has a lot of its own groups and cliques." Diversity is something everyone needs to be aware of, said Shae Armstrong, junior. "After high school, when people go out in the work force, there it is," she said. Diversity isn't only about race, said Ellen Junko.
Rafael Cavalcanti came to America for one reason -- it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. Cavalcanti arrived in Wisconsin in August to spend his senior year at New Richmond High School. The foreign exchange program is sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Richmond. Although he misses his family, he said the experience is something he couldn't pass up. "My family can wait a little bit," Cavalcanti said.