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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Preschoolers at First Lutheran Church raised $315 for cancer and are still going strong. The preschoolers completed a cancer walk on Oct. 26 after learning about community service in school, said teacher Niccy Omann. The students each turned in a pledge sheet and eventually will help write the check to send to a local hospital. At about 10:25 a.m., 30 students dressed in various shades of pink and bundled up in their coats, hats and mittens and headed out the door of First Lutheran Church, 258 N. Third St. A start and finish line marked the route the preschoolers took.
New Richmond FFA members are working together to help raise money for Camp Courage, a camp designed for children with special needs. Dubbed the "Corn Drive," the fundraiser has been a New Richmond tradition for more than 30 years, said Gabes Rabb, New Richmond's FFA president.
The New Richmond School District continues to grow. According to unofficial numbers taken earlier this month, New Richmond's overall enrollment is up 57 students. According to Morrie Veilleux, district administrator, the incoming kindergarten classes are continuing to get larger. Enrollment numbers are determined by counting all students and then subtracting the students who open enroll in other districts. New Richmond is currently still working to identify all those students. The numbers were recorded on Sept. 18. Total enrollment was 3,155 (including Early Childhood and 4K).
New Richmond is now home to a second Christian-based daycare facility. Sonshine Learning Center, owned by Kris Dodge and Haley Hennlich, opened in August at Faith Community Church, 1040 Paperjack Drive. Although the facility is housed in the church building and is Christian-based, it is not affiliated with Faith Community Church, Hennlich said. Hennlich, a former teacher at St.
Heidi Swetlik has been asking to teach a multiage class for years - this year it was approved. "When Mike Ballard started at Paperjack last year, I met with him and planted the seed," she said. "In the spring we surveyed the parents to gauge interest.
Sandee Conlin and her four daughters are champions of the world - at least in Drum Corps Associates standards. Drum Corps Associates is the governing body for senior or all-age drum and bugle corps in North America. DCA was formed in 1965 as the first heir to the modern drum corps activity, breaking from the classic style, and has crowned 49 Open Class World Champions (two ties) and 16 Class A World Champions (one tie) in 47 years of Open Class and 15 years of Class A competitions. Conlin, a New Richmond resident, is corps director of the Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps, based in St.
While some residents in the Twin Cities might not know where New Richmond is, those in the dancing community do - thanks to Short Dance Studios. The Inver Grove Heights, Minn. and New Richmond-based studios are well known as premier dancing studios in most dancing circles, said one dance mom. Lydia King, a student at Short Dance Studio in New Richmond, commutes from Amery just for that reason. King, 16, is one of 40 competition dancers at Short Dance Studios who recently ended a year of first place finishes and high honors awards.
The first day of school is right around the corner for New Richmond students and kids are gearing up for the new year. Classes begin the first week of September for most students with 4K and grades 1-9 beginning Sept. 1, grades 10-12 beginning Sept. 2 and kindergarten beginning Sept. 7. Elementary All grades (except kindergarten) at New Richmond's elementary schools start school Thursday, Sept. 1. Kindergarten begins Wednesday, Sept. 7. To ensure a positive start to the school year, the district has scheduled an open house at each of the elementary schools on Wednesday, Aug.
The latest ACT results are out and teachers in New Richmond are celebrating. New Richmond averaged a 23.8, which is a full point higher than last year's average of 22.8, and ranks them higher than all area schools - including Hudson (23.7) and River Falls (23). Jess Ferguson, director of curriculum and instruction in New Richmond, said the district is really proud and excited. "Their scores are awesome," she said. On top of beating every school in the area, Ferguson said New Richmond also scored higher than Eau Claire's North High School, which averaged 21.2; Eau Claire's Memorial High Sch
When Bert and Ruby Frey got the call asking them to be this year's Ox Cart Days grand marshals, they were shocked. "I think I said, 'Huh? Us?'" said Ruby Frey. The Freys have lived in the area all their lives.