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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Earlier this month, Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill into law requiring all children to complete 5-year-old kindergarten as a prerequisite to being admitted to first grade in a public school. "This legislation will help ensure that all kids in Wisconsin will get off to the right start in school.
Parent-teacher conferences are an essential part of a child's education -- at least that's what several New Richmond teachers think. "Conferences are critical to the success of children," said Vicki Gjovik, third grade teacher at Paperjack Elementary.
It's not often that a fourth-grader will take on a daunting task, but that's just what Olivia Harris and the Peace Club at Hillside Elementary have done. The group has dared the New Richmond School District to take the Power Hour Challenge, an idea designed to help the district save electricity and money. The Peace Club promotes many environmental causes, said James Nysse, club member. "The idea is to save the Earth," said Caitlyn Kizer. Harris is the brainchild behind the idea.
Three businesses were damaged in a fire that started at Champs Sports Bar and Grill, 220 S. Knowles Ave., Wednesday night. New Richmond Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst said the fire started at about 8 p.m. in the ceiling of the Champs building, which is owned by George and Linda Soifakis. "It was a tough fire to get at," he said. "When a building is that old and has been through remodels...
Several New Richmond residents "made it work" on the runway Sept. 24. The Modern Vintage Fashion Show at The SPACE was the finale to the Fashion Runway class taught by Carol Jones, a New Richmond-based designer and seamstress. "I came up with the idea," Jones said. "No one sews anymore and I'm out to convert them. The class was supposed to be kind of like Project Runway." Project Runway is a fashion design reality show where contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes.
Proposed changes to New Richmond streets have the New Richmond City Council scheduling public meetings. Prior to the regular City Council meeting on Sept. 14, the street committee met to discuss proposals to change the intersection of East First Street and South Knowles Avenue to a right in/right out street, the proposed bike path on Minnesota Avenue and changing the two-hour parking on South Knowles Avenue. The initial public meeting regarding the bike trail along Minnesota Avenue generated a lot of feedback, said Bob Barbian, planning and community development director.
After dealing with stomach pain for more than a week, Becca Janssen decided to visit a doctor. That's when her life changed. A doctor in Stillwater, Minn. quickly diagnosed Janssen with fibroid tumors; however, that changed to an ovarian cyst when the results of a CT scan came in. After researching ovarian cysts, Janssen learned there was only a 2 percent chance that the tumor would be cancerous. Even after caution from Dr.
In hopes of raising money for a new youth center in New Richmond, Shannon Hagman approached Village of Star Prairie Board members on Sept. 9 to ask for a contribution. Hagman plans to open "Landzkape," a 6,000-square-foot youth center dedicated to area kids from elementary to high school. "What do you think kids around here do for fun?" Hagman asked village board members at the regular meeting last Wednesday. The only answer? Computers. "Usually they're unmonitored," Hagman said.
Step back in time to see how vintage clothing has inspired today's fashion at The SPACE's Modern Vintage Fashion Show on Sept.
With school in full swing, officials in New Richmond are making sure kids are safe and healthy -- that means washing hands regularly and avoiding personal spaces. Health officials are preparing for the worst when it comes to swine flu this fall, but that doesn't mean they're expecting the worst. "We don't know what's going to happen," said Laurie Diaby, public information officer for St. Croix County Public Health. To help keep New Richmond kids healthy, the New Richmond School District has developed a "pandemic influenza action plan," which was distributed to all staff.