Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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Farmers in the Dry Run creek Watershed, to the east of New Richmond, are working with experts from the University of Wisconsin-Discovery Farms program to help improve the water quality of the Willow and St. Croix rivers. Since 2010, Discovery Farms has been gathering data from monitoring sites and solar weather stations in agricultural fields and along the Dry Run Creek bed. According to Todd Prill, Dry Run Creek Watershed coordinator, the measurements gathered include water quality of field runoff, soil moisture, air temperature, precipitation and more.
When Carl and Julie Gaede sold most of their belongings and moved their entire family to Uganda five years ago, they had little idea what the future held. The former New Richmond residents are back in town for two months, visiting family and friends and recounting the stories surrounding their ministry to provide trauma rehabilitation counseling to the war-torn region. They are also planning several upcoming fundraising efforts to help support their ministry's expansion in other parts of the region.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College was on cloud nine in 2010 when the institution of higher learning was ranked No. 6 in the nation for two-year colleges. No word on what cloud they're on following the announcement that Washington Monthly magazine had recently moved the school higher in the rankings, to No. 4. As the only Wisconsin school ranked in the Top 10, WITC has bragging rights galore. WITC touts four campuses in northwest Wisconsin -- New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior and Ashland.
Wisconsin National Guardsmen who are members of the 32nd Infantry Brigade, including River Falls and New Richmond-based units, were notified last fall that they may be called up to another overseas deployment during the fall of 2013. The news had the soldiers assigned to Company B, 1-128th Infantry National Guard units in New Richmond and River Falls wondering what was in store for them. Officials expected any deployment would be to Afghanistan, but troop levels have been reduced dramatically in that war-torn country over the past months.
General Surgeon Neal Melby, M.D., was recognized recently for 45 years of practicing medicine in New Richmond. He originally began his practice at New Richmond Clinic in 1968. Melby was born and raised in New Richmond, and received his medical training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a board certified surgeon serving as clinic associate, general surgeon and primary care physician at New Richmond Clinic. Areas of special interest and expertise include general surgery as well as gynecological surgery, laser surgery and laparoscopic procedures.
From the Forum News Service Minnesota Campground reopens after wolf attack BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The campground where 16-year-old Noah Graham was attacked by a wolf last weekend was again open for business Wednesday.
From the Forum News Service North Dakota Man found dead after tractor fire near Minto MINTO, N.D. -- A 79-year-old Walsh County man was found dead Monday evening after authorities responded to a report of a tractor fire near Minto.
Nearly nine years, and almost 500 issues of the New Richmond News, since becoming editor, I'm moving on to new endeavors. My wife, Julie, has been working at a new job in Colorado Springs, Col., for the past four months and she has decided that it's time for me to join her. She works for "Thriving Family" magazine (part of the Focus on the Family publications arm) as an editor and loves the job. So I'm heading west on Saturday, ready to tackle a new adventure in work and family lifestyle.
From the Forum News Service South Dakota Man pleads not guilty in double-fatal crash LAKE ANDES, S.D. -- A Lake Andes man charged with killing two U.S. Fish & Wildlife employees while he was driving drunk pleaded not guilty Monday.
Overnight work on the bridge foundations begins Monday, Aug. 26, as part of St. Croix Crossing construction. The noise disruptions associated with the nighttime work will be very similar to the noise associated with the ongoing daytime work. Crews will work 24 hours Sunday night through daytime Saturday, and the nighttime work is expected until early December. Beginning Friday, Aug.