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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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.
Members of New Richmond High School's International Club are trying to better the world. The group is raising money for Compassion International and the Children's Center in Malawi, Africa. A booth has been set up at lunches on Fridays. For every $50 the group raises, a teacher will do something crazy. On Dec. 18, Heather Hughes, Emily Schroeder and Emily Osterbauer were working the booth.
Students in Brent Aukema's business management class are helping out during the holidays all while completing a class assignment. The students were given the task of creating a business venture and following through with making it a reality. This year, the students decided to open a smoothie stand during lunch.
Laughter and giggles echoed through the building of Balsam Millwork and Cabinets on Sunday, Dec.
The final snow counts are in. According to the National Weather Service New Richmond and Roberts received about 7.1 inches of snow between Dec. 8 and 9. The large amounts of white stuff caused school officials in the area to cancel school at several area schools, including New Richmond and Somerset. New Richmondites are not in the clear yet, the National Weather Service is reporting continuing winds of 25 to 25 mph. "With these creating widespread blowing snow, blizzard or near-blizzard conditions will still occur in open areas," according to the Web site.
Nine New Richmond students won awards at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival on Nov. 18. For Jackson Scott, a New Richmond senior, the experience was anything but new. "I've been going for four years," he said.
Paige Vergin always knew she'd participate in a Habitat for Humanity build, and when she saw plans to for one in Mozambique, Africa, she jumped on it. "I looked into the Peace Corps and different things," she said. "Habitat has always called out to me -- especially this Mozambique trip." Vergin, 21, was one of 14 people who left the United States on Oct. 15 to live and build huts in southeast Africa. The group, which ranged in age from 21 to 73, completed 17 huts during their two-week build, Vergin said.
When Julie Johnson was diagnosed with breast cancer, Andy Hoeppner and Stan Spain wanted to help. Two and a half years later, the group has launched their own clothing line, Onword Spirit. The only difference is that the group will raise money for several charities, not just Johnson. "I don't like to be the person that kind of stuff is for," said Johnson, a Stillwater resident, of benefit fundraisers.
For $5, your child can talk to Santa Claus. New Richmond Community Education is sponsoring a "Phone Call from Santa" holiday fundraiser to help raise money for more Senior Tax Exchange Program workers in New Richmond schools. For just $5 or $10 for several children in the same household, kids will get a call from Santa or Mrs. Claus on Dec. 14 or 15 between 5 and 8 p.m. Those interested in getting a call can pick the date and hour slot for the call. Santa and Mrs.
Several New Richmond families participated in this year's Childhood Development Days held at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Participation is voluntary in Wisconsin, but helps parents identify areas that might need work before starting school, said Heidi Ryan, school district psychologist. For Amanda Salmon, the screening was a reassurance that her son, 3-year-old Braden, was ready for 4k next fall. "We didn't have any concerns, I just thought it was important to make sure," she said. For Heidi King, the screening was to make sure her son Shawn was doing everything correctly. "I'm