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.
The amount of food collected at Paperjack Elementary School outweighs some of the staff. Students have collected more than 150 pounds of food as part of The Giving Chain Food Drive. "They've been really good about remembering (to bring food)," said Angie Brown, school counselor and food drive organizer. "I think we've done pretty well for a school our size." Each day more food trickles through the door, Brown said.
Jen and Steve Clark want to honor their late daughter, Lilie -- and they're doing that with Christmas presents. Lilie died Sept. 3 after a 22-month battle with congenital heart disease and a rare genetic enzyme deficiency. The conditions had Lilie in and out of the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital and the Children's Hospital in St. Paul.