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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When Josh Abramson started studying for the GRE, he discovered most dictionaries are convoluted and hard to understand - so he decided to write his own. "Most of the words are defined with other complicated words," Abramson said. "It's too much work and defeats the purpose of learning.
New Richmond High School seniors Ellen Junko and Jocque Warner are the school's nominees for Kohl Excellence Scholarships for the 2011-12 school year. Warner and Junko were selected because of their outstanding GPAs and their involvement in school and community organizations. Ellen Junko holds a 4.0 GPA, is very involved in music -- orchestra, choir and madrigal -- and theatre/drama. Junko is also involved in many of the school's clubs, including SAFE Youth, Forensics, National Honor Society, Future Educators of America and student to student.
The New Richmond area gave more than 70 gallons of blood to the Red Cross this year. In four blood drives during 2011, Red Cross staff were able to collect 565 units of blood, said Don Klein, New Richmond area coordinator for the Red Cross. "We met and exceeded our set goal for the year," he said. In March, the Red Cross collected 123 units of blood, in July 145 units were collected, in September 169 units were donated and in December 128 units were collected. "Our goal for December was 123 units and we beat that," Klein said. One hundred twenty people were able to donate in some form or
New Richmond High School students were given a wakeup call Nov. 30 when they watched the world premiere of "Forever," a movie filmed in New Richmond with local actors. The film, which shows local youth what could happen when they chose to drink and drive, was meant to have a major impact on the student body by portraying their peers in a very realistic drunken driving accident. Juniors Vicky Talmage, Heather Halvorsen and Bailey Davison were all part of the film. "We're the good kids," Davison said.
Jeremy Gillis, 22, of New Richmond was found floating in the Willow River the morning of Dec. 6. St. Croix County deputies responded to reports of a one-vehicle crash in Erin Prairie at about 6:30 a.m., about a quarter mile west of County Road T on County Road K.
Hana Boldisova decided long ago that she might want to live and work in the United States. To explore that dream, she decided to spend her junior year at New Richmond High School. Boldisova, a native of Slovakia, said it was important to study abroad to improve her English and learn about American culture. Although she had hoped to be placed in a bigger city - like New York - Boldisova said she was excited to be placed in New Richmond. "I was really excited," she said.
Nalin Chaturvedi is beyond excited to be spending his junior year in New Richmond. The Hyderabad, India native said that New Richmond is totally different than his home town - and that's exactly what he had hoped for. Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh and one of the largest metropolitan cities in the country, Chaturvedi said. "It's like the Twin Cities of India," he said with a laugh. Chaturvedi said he was very excited when he discovered he was coming to America. "It was one of my top four preferences," he said.
At New Richmond Middle School, students and staff think it's important to take time to recognize veterans on Veterans Day. At the annual Veterans Day celebration, teacher Gabe Henk said the day dedicated to veterans is just one way to thank them for the gift they gave all Americans. The program at the middle school included performances by the eighth grade choir, middle school orchestra and band. Students Emma Burns, Taya Chevrette and Melanie Vossen read their Patriots Pen Essays and explained why they were proud to be Americans. The guest speaker for the program was 1st Sgt.
When Arturo Baños met his first American girl, he kissed her on the cheek - and she "freaked out." "I guess you guys don't do that here," he said. The two are friends now, but the incident made Baños, a native of Bachuca, Mexico, more aware of the differences between America and his home country. Studying abroad is becoming a tradition in his family, Baños said. Several family members have studied in foreign countries, including a cousin who spent a year in Minnesota last year. "He told me it was cold...
This weekend, New Richmond High School students will perform Howard Ashman's and Alan Menken's hit musical "Little Shop of Horrors," based on the film by Roger Corman, and screenplay by Charles Griflith. Known for catchy songs such as "Suddenly Seymour," "Somewhere That's Green," and the title song, this show has become a stage smash that spoofs its very own beginnings as the 1960 low-budget, sci-fi, horror movie. Little Shop celebrates Motown and doo-wop pop in a story that makes reference to murder, love and botanical genius.