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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Two valedictorians will graduate from New Richmond High School this spring in a class of roughly 225 students. School officials have announced John Peper and Steve McCarthy as the two students with 4.0 GPAs, the highest New Richmond High School students can earn. The title earned them several scholarship opportunities and a chance to speak at their graduation ceremony. John Peper Peper, the son of David and Deena Peper, was a typical freshman, who wasn't very worried about his grades until his sophomore year of high school. Luckily, his studies came pretty easy. "It kind of just happened
Students at New Richmond Middle School are busy putting the finishing touches on "Don't Touch That Dial," this year's drama club production. The show, performed by sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, is a comedy about two kids who get transported into the TV and have to find their way out. The play is the second production for Director Amanda Soczka; Lisa Schmidt is also helping. "I got involved with drama club for the first time last year and directed the musical Rumpelstiltskin," she said.
New Richmond fourth-graders spent April 22 at Hatfield Park as an early celebration of Arbor Day. Fourth-graders learned about pruning, identifying and planting trees. At the end of the day, each class planted a tree near the Hatfield Park Campground. Planting a tree is the easiest way to beautify the city, said Dennis Ullom, owner of St. Croix Tree Service. He told each student to observe their surroundings at Hatfield Park.
Next year's enrollment numbers might force the New Richmond School board to hire three additional teachers or face class sizes of up to 33 kids. Frank Norton, principal at Hillside Elementary, met with the school board Monday night to discuss the potential problem. According to Norton's numbers, five additional classes need to be added between Starr Elementary and Hillside Elementary. Starr needs additional teachers in kindergarten, first and fourth grade; Hillside needs additional classes in first and fourth grade. The news isn't all bad, Norton said.
A rollover unit, broken car parts and dented license plates are being displayed at the high school as a constant reminder of the consequences of drinking and driving. Debbie Littfin, science teacher at New Richmond High School, created the window display; Arrive Alive is sponsoring the AAA rollover unit. "It sends a powerful message," said Littfin, who is involved with the local Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization.
New Richmond residents will soon have another reason to go shopping - to help the animals at Gregory's Gift of Hope. On April 25, New Richmond area residents will be able to participate in a clothing swap at Ready Randy's, 1490 131st St.
Expectant mothers and those with young children will soon have a new place to shop: the Baby and Me Sale. The consignment sale, organized by Karen Stellrecht, will feature maternity and children's clothing. The biannual sale will be held at United Civic Center Ice Arena in Baldwin. Stellrecht, a New Richmond Middle School teacher and mother of two, is organizing the sale after attending several similar sales in the Stillwater, Minn. and Eau Claire areas. "I always shop at consignment sales," she said.
Two New Richmond High School teachers were honored with Kohl Fellowships this year. Jeff Ayer and Ann Scharfenberg were were honored March 22 at Chippewa Falls High School during the regional Herb Kohl Educational Foundation luncheon. Ayer and Scharfenberg were nominated for the fellowship by the New Richmond High School principals. Past New Richmond winners include Jessica Ferguson in 2008 and Dave Schleh in 2007. This year there were 10 fellowships awarded to teachers within CESA 11 -- two of those went to New Richmond teachers.
Fifth-graders at Hillside Elementary challenged their parents to a game of "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader," a trivia game that tests their knowledge against a fifth-grader's. On Thursday afternoon, Lynean Cronick's class challenged audience members to a game and won. Click the link below for a video of Thursday's "game show."
On April 15, Marty Wold will leave his home in New Richmond for a new home at Camp Beuhring in Kuwait. Wold, a New Richmond School Board member, is a first sergeant with the Minnesota-based 1-151st Field Artillery.