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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Visitors to Blue Ribbon Feed and Garden Center will be greeted by pants and purrs on Saturday when PAWS, the Protective Animal Welfare Society of western Wisconsin, hosts it's first New Richmond Pet Adoption Awareness Day. "This is the first time we'll be in New Richmond," said Shar Patnoe, president of PAWS. PAWS is a non-profit with the goal of spay/neuter assistance and adoptions. Adoption Day will run from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday. Generally volunteers bring six cats and one dog to the event, depending on the animals' personalities. "It depends on the stress level," Patnoe said.
A Hastings man wanted by authorities from both Dakota and Washington counties was taken into custody on Jan.
Hundreds of ceramic bowls are being built, glazed and fired at New Richmond schools in preparation of March's Empty Bowls event at Hillside Elementary. Students started building the bowls last week, said Bridget Haugen, high school art teacher.
What will happen to New Richmond Middle School once the school district vacates the building is still up in the air. The New Richmond School Board discussed the building briefly at its regular meeting Monday, but no action was taken. Morrie Veilleux, district administrator, said an area Government Entities Network has decided to recommend that the district remain in possession of the building for 3-5 years after it is vacated in 2011.
Bill Buell thinks it's his duty to better the New Richmond area -- that's why he was chosen as 2008 "Person of the Year." No one denies he makes the perfect candidate -- except Buell. "I fly under the radar and that's how I like it," he said.
Fifth Element, a six-member a capella group from UW-Eau Claire will perform Jan. 6 in New Richmond. The group will be visiting the New Richmond schools to discuss the a capella style of singing with various school choirs. At 7 p.m. the group will perform for the public in the New Richmond High School Little Theater. Tickets will be available at the door for $3. The group of college students take one week of their holiday break to perform workshops and concerts at several Wisconsin schools.
Only 40 percent of New Richmond students are riding the bus, and no one is sure why. That means about 1,700 students are not taking the bus. Brian Johnston, director of fiscal and building operations, said he observed 139 cars lined up outside Hillside Elementary one morning. Some were staff, but most were parents, he said. The New Richmond School District hired Tom Watson, of Watson Consulting Group, last month to study the bus system in town and help make routes more efficient.
Brad and Denise Renspe have been decorating their house at 535 Grand Ave. for 15 years - and this year it paid off. The Renspe family won the 2008 Kiwanis Club Christmas light contest and couldn't be more delighted. "We've been doing this for 15 years and it keeps growing every year," said Denise Renspe. Decorating takes more than stringing a few lights in the trees, she said.
The suspicious man in Somerset Township who was thought to try to abduct three children has been identified as a neighbor. Last week, the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department was called after a man in a green Ford pickup truck tried to pickup three elementary students, ages 11, 10 and 5, as they walked home from school after exiting their bus in the 800 block of 160th Ave.