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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What will happen to New Richmond Middle School once the school district vacates the building is still up in the air. The New Richmond School Board discussed the building briefly at its regular meeting Monday, but no action was taken. Morrie Veilleux, district administrator, said an area Government Entities Network has decided to recommend that the district remain in possession of the building for 3-5 years after it is vacated in 2011.
Hundreds of ceramic bowls are being built, glazed and fired at New Richmond schools in preparation of March's Empty Bowls event at Hillside Elementary. Students started building the bowls last week, said Bridget Haugen, high school art teacher.
Bill Buell thinks it's his duty to better the New Richmond area -- that's why he was chosen as 2008 "Person of the Year." No one denies he makes the perfect candidate -- except Buell. "I fly under the radar and that's how I like it," he said.
Fifth Element, a six-member a capella group from UW-Eau Claire will perform Jan. 6 in New Richmond. The group will be visiting the New Richmond schools to discuss the a capella style of singing with various school choirs. At 7 p.m. the group will perform for the public in the New Richmond High School Little Theater. Tickets will be available at the door for $3. The group of college students take one week of their holiday break to perform workshops and concerts at several Wisconsin schools.
Only 40 percent of New Richmond students are riding the bus, and no one is sure why. That means about 1,700 students are not taking the bus. Brian Johnston, director of fiscal and building operations, said he observed 139 cars lined up outside Hillside Elementary one morning. Some were staff, but most were parents, he said. The New Richmond School District hired Tom Watson, of Watson Consulting Group, last month to study the bus system in town and help make routes more efficient.
Brad and Denise Renspe have been decorating their house at 535 Grand Ave. for 15 years - and this year it paid off. The Renspe family won the 2008 Kiwanis Club Christmas light contest and couldn't be more delighted. "We've been doing this for 15 years and it keeps growing every year," said Denise Renspe. Decorating takes more than stringing a few lights in the trees, she said.
Lea LeMire has spent two years turning her life around, but she's still paying for her mistakes -- now, she's making sure others don't do the same. LeMire started high school as a social butterfly.
A New Richmond school bus driver is accused of driving drunk and crashing a school bus into a parked car. Billie Jeanne O'Keefe, 35, of New Richmond, was driving 43 students to school on Thursday when the accident happened, according to a release from Mark Samelstad, New Richmond police chief. No one was injured in the crash. O'Keefe, who is employed with New Richmond Bus Service, was driving students to school when she crashed into a unoccupied, parked vehicle. Three years ago, New Richmond School District signed a five-year contract with New Richmond Bus Service to fulfill the District'
Most people have heard of Key Club and National Honor Society, but not many schools have an International Club -- at least not this kind of International Club. The International Club used to be about traveling abroad, but this year students put a new twist on the club -- expanding cultural understanding and promoting awareness of a global society. The club spends much of the year fund-raising.