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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Liquid Waste Technologies' continued growth and productivity is something most companies should strive for, said Ron Kind during a visit last week. Kind's visit was designed as a meet and greet, but he took time at the end of the day to address the employees. "I'm so impressed with what you do here," he told a room full of LWT staff.
New Richmond's ACT composite scores fell short of the statewide average and are the lowest they've been since 2003-04. Overall, New Richmond students averaged 22.1 on the ACT. That's compared to 22.2 statewide and 23.0 in 2007-08. Roughly 54 percent of New Richmond's 2009 graduating class -- 121 of the 225 seniors -- were tested. Female students averaged 21.7 and male students averaged 22.6 The 22.1 score is one of the lowest in St. Croix County tying with Glenwood City and beating only Somerset, whose students scored an average of 21.8. Hudson ranked the highest in St.
Sarah Bygd has always known she would travel abroad. The surprise was how quickly it happened. "This is something I've wanted to do since seventh or eighth grade," she said. When Bygd's father found himself working at the apartment of Anne Schmiege, chair of the New Richmond Rotary Club's Youth Exchange Program, the pieces fell into place. Bygd left for Quito, Ecuador on Aug. 16, 2008. She spent her entire junior year of high school at a school taught in Spanish. "The first day I showed up and just sat there," she said.
A Minneapolis man is dead after a multi-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Garfield Township. Jason O'Malley, 24, was declared dead at the scene after his motorcycle crashed into a vehicle driven by Christopher Lyman, 38, of Amery, and then into a caravan driven by Juanita Lauritsen, 55, Balsam Lake. The crash happened at about 4 p.m. on Aug. 9. O'Malley was northbound on Highway 65 and Lyman was eastbound on County Road F when the two vehicles collided, according to a release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. O'Malley then struck the caravan, which was headed southbound on Highway 65.
When Heather Zappetta was given the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York, she jumped on it. "I had to miss the last day of school but this is something you can't not do," she said. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity." Zappetta traveled to New York in June to sing with her alma mater, Grace University in Omaha, Neb., and Greg Zielke, her former director. "A bunch of alumni were asked, only like three of us went.
New Richmond's FFA Safety Day has gained national attention. The community's efforts to promote safety were recently featured in the International Community Safety Net July Newsletter. Community Safety Net is a program that helps to sponsor safety programs in communities in the U.S. and Canada. "This is exceptional news for New Richmond as a community," said Rachel Sauvola, agriscience instructor and FFA advisor. "This program wouldn't be possible without the tremendous support of area businesses who sponsor our safety booklets and let us use various items for demonstrations.
This year's Summer Stretch program was dubbed the most successful ever by the New Richmond Board of Education at Monday's regular board meeting. Thirty-six classes were offered at three different schools for students who had just finished first through seventh grade, said Jess Ferguson, coordinator of curriculum and instruction. "We had the highest number of students enrolled to date with 738 students attending this year," she wrote in a letter to the board. During the three-hour school day, students were able to rotate through three different classes, which lasted 60 minutes each.
Teacher awards are nothing new to New Richmond High School, but that doesn't make them any less important.
New Richmond students might have an opportunity to jump start their learning if the district can gain enough interest. "We're investigating an August jump start program to give students an opportunity to get into the swing of things," Jess Ferguson, coordinator of curriculum and instruction, told the New Richmond Board of Education on Monday. The program, which is tentatively scheduled to start Aug. 10, will give students 10 days of instruction before the school year starts on Sept.
Although school board members have been keeping tabs on the progress at the new high school, some couldn't help but gasp at the changes that have been made since the last tour in March. Eyes widened and jaws dropped as the school board walked through what will be the main entrance of the school. "Isn't it just beautiful?" asked Marilyn Duerst, board member. The school board toured the new school during the July 7 work session. A curved main hallway will give students access to the main office, commons area and hallways to either end of the building. "We're adding about 100,000 square feet