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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New Richmond students might have an opportunity to jump start their learning if the district can gain enough interest. "We're investigating an August jump start program to give students an opportunity to get into the swing of things," Jess Ferguson, coordinator of curriculum and instruction, told the New Richmond Board of Education on Monday. The program, which is tentatively scheduled to start Aug. 10, will give students 10 days of instruction before the school year starts on Sept.
Although school board members have been keeping tabs on the progress at the new high school, some couldn't help but gasp at the changes that have been made since the last tour in March. Eyes widened and jaws dropped as the school board walked through what will be the main entrance of the school. "Isn't it just beautiful?" asked Marilyn Duerst, board member. The school board toured the new school during the July 7 work session. A curved main hallway will give students access to the main office, commons area and hallways to either end of the building. "We're adding about 100,000 square feet
Wet suits and scuba fins might seem a little extreme when visiting Perch Lake, but they're a necessity to the Cheesehead Divers. The Cheesehead Divers are a group organized through St. Croix Scuba in Hudson. The club of certified divers participate in several "fun dives" throughout the summer at area lakes including Perch Lake in Hudson. Diving companies claim that Perch Lake has a wide variety of underwater fish and plant life. It also has a number of sunken fishing boats, platforms and other diving wonders. For those who don't know how to scuba dive, St.
New Richmond senior citizens are making a difference in New Richmond schools -- not just in improved grades but in lives. In 2007, the New Richmond School District started the Senior Tax Exchange Program (STEP), a program designed to help relieve seniors of property tax burdens in exchange for volunteer hours. For each hour worked, seniors can earn $6.50 - with a maximum of $507 per household (78 hours). "Most seniors will start for the reimbursement but they find they're getting more than just the money," said Cheryl Emerson, director of Community Ed and STEP coordinator. Phil Nelson work
New zoning regulations for shoreline properties were adopted by the Natural Resource Board Wednesday to help protect the state's lakes, rivers and streams.
Local authorities spent about 15 minutes chasing a driver who was driving erratically on I-94 June 18. Michelle Ash, 44, address unknown, was arrested after leading several state troopers and sheriff's deputies on a five-mile car chase between Hammond and Baldwin. Reports of the suspicious driver were reported at 2:37 p.m. when she was observed swerving on the road. Attempts by state troopers to stop the vehicle failed. St. Croix County deputies then deployed stop sticks to incapacitate the vehicle. Eastbound I-94 traffic was backed up briefly as the vehicle was cleared from the scene.
If all goes well, students at Hillside Elementary could move some of their lessons outdoors. Plans are in the works to create an Environmental Learning Center (ELC) at the school.
Retirement is an emotional time for Pat Davis. At the end of the school year, the 15-year veteran will leave her post as first grade teacher at Starr Elementary to pursue a life of relaxation and traveling. Davis has taught two different grade levels -- kindergarten and first -- at two different schools -- Starr and Paperjack. Don't ask her to pick a favorite, because she can't. "Kindergarten is fun because it's their first experience with school," she said.
Two Somerset residents are dead after a Monday evening car crash. Daishonna Payne, 17, and Alan Alwin, 26, were both killed after a vehicle driven by Austin Pederson, 18 of Somerset, lost control going around a curve and rolled several times on County Road C in the Town Star Prairie, according to a press release from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department. The accident happened at about 7:30 p.m. when Pederson was traveling eastbound on County Road C just east of 100th Street in the Town of Star Prairie. Payne, Alwin and Pederson were all ejected from the vehicle.
New Richmond Middle School students performed in front of their peers Friday afternoon during a school talent contest. Here are the pictures captured from that day.