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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Laughter and giggles echoed through the building of Balsam Millwork and Cabinets on Sunday, Dec.
The final snow counts are in. According to the National Weather Service New Richmond and Roberts received about 7.1 inches of snow between Dec. 8 and 9. The large amounts of white stuff caused school officials in the area to cancel school at several area schools, including New Richmond and Somerset. New Richmondites are not in the clear yet, the National Weather Service is reporting continuing winds of 25 to 25 mph. "With these creating widespread blowing snow, blizzard or near-blizzard conditions will still occur in open areas," according to the Web site.
Nine New Richmond students won awards at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival on Nov. 18. For Jackson Scott, a New Richmond senior, the experience was anything but new. "I've been going for four years," he said.
Paige Vergin always knew she'd participate in a Habitat for Humanity build, and when she saw plans to for one in Mozambique, Africa, she jumped on it. "I looked into the Peace Corps and different things," she said. "Habitat has always called out to me -- especially this Mozambique trip." Vergin, 21, was one of 14 people who left the United States on Oct. 15 to live and build huts in southeast Africa. The group, which ranged in age from 21 to 73, completed 17 huts during their two-week build, Vergin said.
When Julie Johnson was diagnosed with breast cancer, Andy Hoeppner and Stan Spain wanted to help. Two and a half years later, the group has launched their own clothing line, Onword Spirit. The only difference is that the group will raise money for several charities, not just Johnson. "I don't like to be the person that kind of stuff is for," said Johnson, a Stillwater resident, of benefit fundraisers.
For $5, your child can talk to Santa Claus. New Richmond Community Education is sponsoring a "Phone Call from Santa" holiday fundraiser to help raise money for more Senior Tax Exchange Program workers in New Richmond schools. For just $5 or $10 for several children in the same household, kids will get a call from Santa or Mrs. Claus on Dec. 14 or 15 between 5 and 8 p.m. Those interested in getting a call can pick the date and hour slot for the call. Santa and Mrs.
Several New Richmond families participated in this year's Childhood Development Days held at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Participation is voluntary in Wisconsin, but helps parents identify areas that might need work before starting school, said Heidi Ryan, school district psychologist. For Amanda Salmon, the screening was a reassurance that her son, 3-year-old Braden, was ready for 4k next fall. "We didn't have any concerns, I just thought it was important to make sure," she said. For Heidi King, the screening was to make sure her son Shawn was doing everything correctly. "I'm
After working as a social worker for several years, Patti Kuenzie made the switch to teaching. Now, an English Language Learners teacher for the River Fall School District, Kuenzie said she's is happier than she's ever been and doesn't look back. "After I graduated from college, I did some work in the Peace Corps," she said. "That's kind of how I ended up here." Kuenzie, a New Richmond resident, started working in River Falls schools in 2000. She started as part-time tutor and was eventually hired as a full-time ELL teacher in 2003.
A New Richmond man was injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon in Somerset. Somerset Fire, Somerset Police and St. Joe Fire crews were called to the intersection of Highway 35 and Lagrandeur Road for a man trapped in his vehicle at about 2:50 p.m. On the scene, a truck and minivan blocked the intersection. Crews worked to pry open the passenger side of the truck to release the man from the truck. He was transported to Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minn. Check this week's New Richmond News for more information.
New Richmond elementary teachers are starting to switch gears. About 80 percent of classroom teachers are being trained in responsive classrooms, which are designed to emphasize social, emotional and academic growth. The goal is to enable optimal student learning. "We have strong content," said Greg Gentle, principal at Starr Elementary. "We just don't think about how it's being delivered.