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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A sea of black and orange poured out of New Richmond High School May 22 when more than 200 seniors graduated and left the school for the last time. Giggles mixed with sniffles echoed in the hallways and seniors with tears running down their cheeks and smiles on their faces were scattered throughout the school. During the ceremony, the seniors listened intently as words of encouragement were given by their peers. Aaron Zimmerman, class president, welcomed the group. Valedictorians Steve McCarthy and John Peper delivered speeches.
Katie Armiger stepped into stardom as a 14-year-old when she won Houston's best country star contest in 2006. Now, at 17 she's opening concerts for country music stars like Taylor Swift and will be performing at Country Splash this summer in Somerset. On May 14, Armiger was in New Richmond promoting her latest album, Believe. The teenager has written enough songs to fill three albums and kicks off her first nationwide tour on June 23, which also happens to be her birthday. Her tour will end on Aug.
What can $151,883.84 buy the New Richmond School District?
An aerial view of New Richmond would have looked like a child with chicken pox on May 15 as clusters of students dressed in red took to the streets to perform various service projects for Service Learning Day. Service Learning Day began several years ago and has become a well known day of service for the high school students.
Seniors at New Richmond High School are being rewarded with scholarship of up to $1,000 for bettering their grade point averages this year. The New Richmond Rotary Club sponsors STRIVE, Seniors Taking Responsibility Improving Virtually Everything. Students were required to improve their GPA by at least a half letter grade, maintain at least 90 percent attendance through the entire year, attend five STRIVE meetings, attend a Rotary Club lunch meeting, complete four hours of "empowerment" activities, maintain full-time statue and pass all courses during the school year. Tonya Dardine, the fir
The Village of Star Prairie's flood plain zoning ordinance cleared its final hurdle when the village board unanimously approved it on May 6. The new flood plain map and ordinance, which will allow the village to participate in national flood insurance programs, is basically the same as the previous map, said Jim DeBenedet, of Stevens Engineers. The only change is downstream where the dam was, but those are very minor changes, he said. "This is the final process to join the national program," he said. Prior to adopting the ordinance, the Village of Star Prairie was unable to participate in
Hundreds of New Richmond students and volunteers will participate in Service Learning Day on May 15 -- a day designed to get the students out of the classroom and into the community. The entire high school, staff and several volunteers will make up the more than 1,000 people participating in various projects around the New Richmond and Star Prairie area, said Trish Moberg, high school teacher and organizer of the event. There are three main goals of Service Learning Day: Teach students the importance of service to others. Incorporate classroom-learning standards into real world situati
When Ann Scharfenberg opened an e-mail from the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies, she thought it would be about her application to present at a convention -- instead it was a letter announcing she was selected as social studies teacher of the year. "I was shocked," she said. Scharfenberg, who has taught at New Richmond High School since 1994, knew she was being nominated for the award, but didn't think she had a chance. "It's one of those things where you get nominated to get your name out there, then they watch you for a few years to see what you do," she said.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 3:30 p.m. for southeastern Polk County, southwestern Barron County, northern St. Croix County and northwestern Dunn County. At 2:24 p.m., radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter size hail. The storm is located near New Richmond and moving northeast at 25 mph. Areas in the warning include: Star Prairie, Cylon, Deer Park, Forest, Amery, Clear Lake and Turtle Lake. If you are in the paths of this storm, prepare immediately for large hail.
What would you do in 20 seconds? High school students in New Richmond answered that question last week in the form of film. The SPACE, 156 High St., is hosting the 20:09 Film Fest, a film festival open to the public for viewing on May 7 at 7 p.m. "It's something we've wanted to do since The SPACE opened," said Courtney Moe, creative director at The SPACE.