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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When you ask Marilynn Guinn how long she's been teaching kindergarten, she responds with one word: Forever. The Starr Elementary teacher started teaching in New Richmond in 1973 when she landed a job as a teacher's assistant. In fall 1974 she started teaching kindergarten. "I've really been blessed," Guinn said of her teaching career. Guinn is one of seven district employees who have announced their retirement this year.
The number of students who qualify for free/reduced lunches is increasing and it's the largest increase the state has seen in recent years. This school year, 39 percent of public school students in Wisconsin qualified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. The rate is up from 35.5 percent last year. In New Richmond, 29.6 percent of the student population qualifies for the free/reduced lunches.
Issues with New Richmond Shared Ride's new vans forced the company to pull them off the road for a week, but the vans should be back in service later today. The handicap-accessible vans are brand new, said Rob Mooney, manager of New Richmond Shared Ride and River Falls Shared Ride. They were purchased with a federal grant the city received two years ago and are being leased for $1 a year to New Richmond Shared Ride. On March 22, Mooney said he got a call from Top Hat Inc., which owns several taxi companies -- including Chippewa Falls, New Richmond and River Falls.
Organizers of the Second Annual Community Health and Wellness Expo are hoping for a blow out crowd this year, and if the number of vendors registered for the event is any indication, they'll get it. The expo is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 1019 S. Knowles Ave., in New Richmond. "One of our missions is to focus on preventative health," said Nancy Abrahamson, caregiver support coordinator for the Aging and Disability Resource Center. The Health and Wellness Expo is geared toward people of all ages, she said.
While in class one day, one of Karen Pape's students told her he had brought in an item to share for show and tell. When she asked him what it was, she was shocked to hear the answer. "Two garter snakes that I caught last night," the student replied. Pape, who is deathly afraid of snakes, told him to gather the snakes and the class would go outside for show and tell. What happened next is something she will never forget. "Mrs. Pape, there's only one here!
Collin Lieffort didn't want to sit around during his study hall so he signed up for an independent study to work with students at Hillside Elementary. "I started it because I didn't want to sit in study hall, but now it's something I look forward to every day," said Lieffort, a New Richmond High School senior. And he's not the only one who looks forward to it. Several fourth-graders in Bill Knutson's class at Hillside Elementary said they also look forward to seeing their high school helpers. "They're funny and nice and make us laugh," said Hunter Moody. "And they help us with math and sh
Four New Richmond students had the opportunity of a lifetime last summer when they attended WiCell Summer Science Camp in Madison. The camp, designed as an outreach program to connect the scientific community to k-12 students, is offered to schools only once and only four students are able to attend.
New Richmond High School's new gymnasium didn't meet expectations and it cracked under the pressure -- literally. "They were unloading pallets of wood for the floor and actually broke through the concrete," said Morrie Veilleux, district administrator. "Well, they didn't actually break through ...
Cree Schuh started drawing because her sister was into it. Now, as the only artist in the house, Schuh draws simply because she likes it. "I paint when I'm watching a movie because it just inspires me," she said. Schuh was chosen as New Richmond Middle School's artist of the month for January. Her artwork will be hung in the building's display case beginning Jan. 18. "I was shocked when I found out," Schuh said of her artist of the month title.
Forget a room full of girls behind sewing machines -- today's high school Family and Consumer Science Education classes are sometimes male-dominated and career-oriented. Katie Feuerhelm and Heather Boe, FCSE teachers at New Richmond High School, said their classes, particularly the upper level classes, focus on careers in child care and food service. "The career part of it is becoming more important," said Boe. "It gives students an idea of where they want to go in the future. They experience it here." Classes aren't just about food either.