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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St. Mary's School is celebrating Catholic Schools Week this week, a week dedicated to celebrating Catholic schools in America. This year's theme is "Catholic schools raise the standards." A week of events is planned, from a Mass on Sunday to an open house and other activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large. The week schedule for St. Mary's School includes: Sunday: 9 a.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, with breakfast from 9 a.m.
A Duluth, Minn. man was killed Friday after crashing his motorcycle at Cedar Lake Arena. The accident happened at about 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, according to the St. Croix County (Wis.) Sheriff's Department. Joseph Brown, 55, of Duluth, was riding his motorcycle at the arena, 1120 Old Mill Road in Star Prairie Township, when he lost control going over a jump, said Sheriff John Shilts. The motorcycle crashed and Brown landed on his shoulder. Witnesses attempted CPR until an ambulance arrived at the scene, he said.
Abdul Khan had two goals when he decided to study abroad in America - learn about the American culture and squash any stereotypes about his home country of Pakistan. The 16-year-old is a native of Kohat, Pakistan, a small city in the northwest corner of Pakistan. "It's bigger than New Richmond, but it's considered small in Pakistan," he said. Khan is in America through a cultural exchange program.
At about this time last year, Gregoria Mandias was bored with her life. Without telling her parents, she applied for Rotary International's Youth Exchange program and a short time later she was accepted. The 17-year-old is a resident of Jakarta, Indonesia. She said she was beyond excited to be placed in New Richmond. "I've never lived in a small town," she said.
The Educational Foundation of New Richmond recently donated $3,900 to schools in New Richmond as part of its regular grant process. The Educational Foundation of New Richmond, founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1992, is run by a volunteer board and funded through individual giving, estate planning, class gifts, corporate giving and memorials.
Dwight York isn't the kind of guy who likes to tell a long story before getting to the punchline. "I think it's ridiculous when comedians have long, contrived setups," he said. "Just get to the joke." It's for that reason that York's decided to specialize in one-liners. "Rodney Dangerfield is one of my comedic idols," he said. "He always had another one coming.
When Alex Arrhen decided she wanted to study abroad, she knew one thing - she was going to America. What she didn't know is exactly where in America. When Arrhen got the notice that she had been placed in New Richmond, she was a little hesitant. "I looked on Google maps and when I saw it (New Richmond), there were no cars on the street. It looked like an old, empty town," she said. The 17-year-old said her attitude changed when she read the letter from her host family, Nathan and Rachel Warner. "They seemed to be so good for me," she said.
Eli Navarrete and Viki Hernandez, a husband and wife team of master potters from Mata Ortiz, Mexico, visited New Richmond High School on Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30. The two potters visited as part of a program hosted by Mark Lusardi, a local artist. Lusardi said he tries to bring visiting artists to the area at least once each year. Along with the visits at New Richmond High School, the potters also host workshops at Lusardi's studio near Bass Lake. Mata Oritz is known for the thin-walled pottery created with the clay found in that region.
Georgia Jones believes a library should be a safe, welcoming place for everyone - including those with autism. That's why when she heard about a grant that allowed librarians to gain autism spectrum disorder training, she jumped at the chance. The federally funded grant allows librarians to attend workshops to learn about ways to cater to young children on the spectrum, said Jones, the children's librarian at Friday Memorial Library in New Richmond. "I was also selected to go to Green Bay for the state autism conference," she said.
Students at New Richmond High School got a wakeup call when Jeanne and Katrina Brown visited the school on Thursday, Oct. 25. Jeanne and Katrina are the mother and sister, respectively, of Alex Brown. Alex Brown was killed in a single vehicle accident on Nov. 10, 2009, a result of texting and driving. She was a senior in high school at the time. Since Alex's death, the Browns have traveled the country to spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving. When Alex Brown didn't show up for class on Nov. 10, 2009, Jeanne Brown set out looking for her.