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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Students in New Richmond are already hitting the books in an attempt to ready themselves for the new school year. The district's Jump Start program started on July 30 for students in grades 6-8; it will run from Aug.
CatTown Rescue has put the local feral cats on notice - there will be no more free reproduction in Polk and St. Croix counties. CatTown Rescue, operated by Tanya Borg and Sue Birch, work in cooperation with St. Paul, Minn.-based Stray Feral Rescue to offer a Farm, Feral and Stray spay/neuter program for cats in the 54026 zip code. The group was recently awarded a $3,750 grant through PetSmart Charaties to help spay/neuter 70 free-roaming felines. "There's a real problem here in Polk and St. Croix counties," Borg said.
When Friday Memorial Library's micro film reader finally bit the dust a few months ago, Library Director Scott Vrieze wasn't exactly upset - it meant he could finally upgrade the ancient machine. "The old one limped along for a long time," he said. "It was big and bulky, weighed 6,000 pounds and was at least 20 years old." A substantial donation from the Friends of the Library group, along with personal donations, made the purchase of the more than $10,000 machine possible, Vrieze said. "I'll admit I was surprised by the price of them," he said of the machine's cost.
Friday Memorial Library's crafternoons began last year as part of the summer reading program. The idea was to provide an opportunity for all kids to be involved in library activities, said Georgia Jones, youth services librarian. "Because our summer reading program begins when Summer Stretch is in session, we wanted to provide an alternative activity for the kids in the afternoon," she said. Crafternoons, which are geared toward those 8 to 12 years old, are designed so that they can be completed indoors, if needed. Last year's reading program theme was "Stories Around the World," Jones sai
Firefighters, EMTs and paramedics are some of the first people to call when something goes wrong, so Vinny Mustafoski thinks it makes perfect sense that he give back to them in the way of a fundraiser. Lola's Family Restaurant's fundraiser for New Richmond Fire Department and New Richmond Ambulance Service raised $1,671 on June 18. Mustafoski said he hopes to make the fundraiser an annual thing. "It's just my way of giving back to these guys," he said.
When Bill and Carol Ruyle moved to New Richmond they were looking for ways to learn more about the community.
Lynnete McCarty loves sixth grade science for the same reason as most of her students - the experiments. "I love the curriculum and how hands-on the curriculum is," she said. McCarty said it might not necessarily be the experiments she's most fond of, but more the students' reactions to the experiments year-after-year. "It's really fun to see them get excited about what we're doing," she said. Her favorite experiment is igniting a hydrogen balloon, she said. "There's a boom and a pretty big flash," she said. Don't worry, parents.
New Richmond seventh-graders took to the streets on Tuesday, June 5, in the third annual New Richmond Amazing Race. The race, started in 2010 by a few of the district's teachers, is designed as a fun way for students to use the skills they've been learning all year in the classroom. The middle school teachers came up with the idea after hearing about Wausau's race. New Richmond's race is broken up into two routes - north and south.
New Richmond firefighters responded to reports of a structure fire in Star Prairie Township on Wednesday, June 7. Reports of the fire came in at about 9 p.m. and when firefighters arrived on scene a farm house at 2334 County Road M was fully engulfed.
Dozens of projects were completed on Friday, May 18, when New Richmond High School students completed their annual day of service, known as Service Learning Day. Students, grouped by their homerooms, were tasked with projects ranging from painting playgrounds at the local elementary schools and spreading mulch in the gardens to picking up garbage along the road and volunteering with the local Friendship Games. The annual event, started several years ago, provides students the opportunity to give back to the community, applying the skills they've learned in the classroom to community projects