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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Who ever heard of cashing a check at school? That's what high school students will get to do when the student credit union opens at the new high school in 2010. New Richmond School Board members approved the new credit union at last week's board meeting. The credit union, which will be manned by student workers, will act as a fully functional credit union. The proposal comes from WESTconsin Credit Union, which has been working through Ann Scharfenberg, who teaches economics at the high school. WESTconsin occasionally helps her students with the personal finances, Scharfenberg said.
Lunch at New Richmond High School was canceled Feb. 18 due to a lack of hustle -- at least that's what anchorman John Peper said during the high school's video production class newscast. Peper, one of two anchormen for the class, was joking of course. Anchormen often put their personality into the broadcasts, said teacher Deena Neumann. The class of 11 students rotate their positions, said senior Carrie Powell. Another class, taught by Ken Kerr, also broadcasts. "We get three broadcasts during a rotation," Peper said.
Racing cars makes you a redneck -- at least that's what producers of "My Big Redneck Wedding" think -- and that's why camera crews rolled into New Richmond in September. That's when Leann and Gary Pischke got married on Victory Lane of Cedar Lake Speedway. "You know what a redneck is?" Gary asked. "Someone that's reliable, helps out their friends and are always there. That's me, so I'm a redneck." The Dalbo, Minn. couple applied for "My Big Redneck Wedding" after a friend suggested it, Gary said. It's a reality TV show featuring redneck weddings. The Pischkes will be featured Feb.
Soon ceramic bowls will be scattered in the gym of Hillside Elementary as volunteers prepare for Empty Bowls on March 2. The national campaign is aimed at drawing awareness and an end to local hunger. In New Richmond, the event helps raise funds for Five Loaves Food Shelf, the New Richmond Happy Kids Backpack program and Heifer International. In 2007, $8,200 was raised, Cheryl Emerson, director of Community Education, has said. The idea behind Empty Bowls is to serve a simple meal -- usually of bread and soup or rice -- and for guests to leave with their bowls as a reminder that there are
Every animal needs a loving friend -- at least that's what Sofia Gigure thinks. The Hillside Elementary first-grader loves animals so much that she's started "Blondie's Gift for Gregory's," a fund-raiser to help fund Gregory's Gift of Hope. The 7-year-old will be selling small boxes of candy on Saturday during Gregory's adoption day at Farm and Home. Gigure decided to start the fund-raiser after volunteering at Gregory's and seeing the need for supplies.
The New Richmond Area Centre will soon offer Just Move It, an employee exercise program aimed at getting employees to exercise more. The program was developed by Brooke Campbell, health enhancement director at The Centre. "We wanted an incentive program that didn't just focus on losing weight but on movement too," she said. When she worked at a hospital in Reedsburg, she had more than a quarter of the employees participating in the program, she said. The program allows employees at New Richmond businesses to form teams of three to six people to compete against other teams, she said.
New Richmond School Board members toured the new high school Feb. 3 to see how construction is progressing. Although much is unfinished, Jeff Moberg, high school principal, led the group though the construction site explaining where everyone was and what the building would look like.
A fire at 2218 Highway 65 in Star Prairie Township on Tuesday morning destroyed a brand new pump house and front entry way. Mike Smith, who lives in the home owned by Deb Bell, said he had no idea the house was on fire until people were there telling him to get out. "Someone driving by saw the smoke and called 911," he said. "I'm glad they did." Smith was home with Bell's two dogs when the fire fighters arrived, he said. No one was injured in the blaze. For more information on the fire, read Thursday's New Richmond News.
As fifth-grader Emily Bennig stood at her desk, a friend offered to trade her sweets for a ribbon halo. Normally, Bennig would say no, but this was a friend. As Bennig made the trade, Hailie Schultz looked at her and said, "Emily! No!
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