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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After working as a social worker for several years, Patti Kuenzie made the switch to teaching. Now, an English Language Learners teacher for the River Fall School District, Kuenzie said she's is happier than she's ever been and doesn't look back. "After I graduated from college, I did some work in the Peace Corps," she said. "That's kind of how I ended up here." Kuenzie, a New Richmond resident, started working in River Falls schools in 2000. She started as part-time tutor and was eventually hired as a full-time ELL teacher in 2003.
A New Richmond man was injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon in Somerset. Somerset Fire, Somerset Police and St. Joe Fire crews were called to the intersection of Highway 35 and Lagrandeur Road for a man trapped in his vehicle at about 2:50 p.m. On the scene, a truck and minivan blocked the intersection. Crews worked to pry open the passenger side of the truck to release the man from the truck. He was transported to Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minn. Check this week's New Richmond News for more information.
New Richmond elementary teachers are starting to switch gears. About 80 percent of classroom teachers are being trained in responsive classrooms, which are designed to emphasize social, emotional and academic growth. The goal is to enable optimal student learning. "We have strong content," said Greg Gentle, principal at Starr Elementary. "We just don't think about how it's being delivered.
Earlier this month, Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill into law requiring all children to complete 5-year-old kindergarten as a prerequisite to being admitted to first grade in a public school. "This legislation will help ensure that all kids in Wisconsin will get off to the right start in school.
Parent-teacher conferences are an essential part of a child's education -- at least that's what several New Richmond teachers think. "Conferences are critical to the success of children," said Vicki Gjovik, third grade teacher at Paperjack Elementary.
It's not often that a fourth-grader will take on a daunting task, but that's just what Olivia Harris and the Peace Club at Hillside Elementary have done. The group has dared the New Richmond School District to take the Power Hour Challenge, an idea designed to help the district save electricity and money. The Peace Club promotes many environmental causes, said James Nysse, club member. "The idea is to save the Earth," said Caitlyn Kizer. Harris is the brainchild behind the idea.
Three businesses were damaged in a fire that started at Champs Sports Bar and Grill, 220 S. Knowles Ave., Wednesday night. New Richmond Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst said the fire started at about 8 p.m. in the ceiling of the Champs building, which is owned by George and Linda Soifakis. "It was a tough fire to get at," he said. "When a building is that old and has been through remodels...
Several New Richmond residents "made it work" on the runway Sept. 24. The Modern Vintage Fashion Show at The SPACE was the finale to the Fashion Runway class taught by Carol Jones, a New Richmond-based designer and seamstress. "I came up with the idea," Jones said. "No one sews anymore and I'm out to convert them. The class was supposed to be kind of like Project Runway." Project Runway is a fashion design reality show where contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes.
Proposed changes to New Richmond streets have the New Richmond City Council scheduling public meetings. Prior to the regular City Council meeting on Sept. 14, the street committee met to discuss proposals to change the intersection of East First Street and South Knowles Avenue to a right in/right out street, the proposed bike path on Minnesota Avenue and changing the two-hour parking on South Knowles Avenue. The initial public meeting regarding the bike trail along Minnesota Avenue generated a lot of feedback, said Bob Barbian, planning and community development director.
After dealing with stomach pain for more than a week, Becca Janssen decided to visit a doctor. That's when her life changed. A doctor in Stillwater, Minn. quickly diagnosed Janssen with fibroid tumors; however, that changed to an ovarian cyst when the results of a CT scan came in. After researching ovarian cysts, Janssen learned there was only a 2 percent chance that the tumor would be cancerous. Even after caution from Dr.