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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For nearly a decade, XT-752 has been grounded due to its declining condition. But on Aug. 9, after years of restoration efforts, it took to the skies above New Richmond to the cheers of onlookers. It's last flight was in 2004. Harry Odone, who has guided the historic airplane's return to flight, piloted the historic 1950's-era British warplane that evening. "She took to the air like she was brand new," Odone said. "It seemed like she wanted to fly. She flew absolutely perfectly. It was quite pleasant, really."
The New Richmond Area Centre is gearing up for its third annual Corn Fest, which will be held at Glover Park Saturday, Aug. 24. A family-friendly, carnival-style event that encourages physical activity, Corn Fest has already experienced two successful years, drawing over 1,200 people in 2012. Community members are invited to register for three outdoor, fitness-based activities: a 5K race, a 1-mile youth run and a 7-mile family bike ride. While the race and youth run cost $10 and $5, respectively, the family bike ride is free. All three events begin at 8:30 a.m.
The Wisconsin Department of Administration has released its Jan. 1, 2013 population estimates for towns, villages, cities and counties. The figures were good news for New Richmond, which saw a nice bump of 138 residents over the past 12 months. The community's new official population stands at 8,533 and is the first time New Richmond has passed the 8,500 plateau. New Richmond hit the 8,000 mark in the fall of 2009, and the 7,000 mark in 2004.
Incoming sixth graders at New Richmond Middle School got a jump start on their transition to a new school building during orientation sessions last week. About 200 students took part in the annual orientation program, which was conducted in three and a half hour morning and afternoon sessions Aug. 13, 14 and 15. Linda Reuvers, coordinator for the sessions and a sixth grade teacher, said almost all of the incoming students attend a session. "We have great participation," she said.
More than 2,000 athletes participated in the MuckFest MS event at Trollhaugen Ski Area on Aug. 10. Included in the participants was Bill's Dirty Girls/Guys, a team of local folks who were dedicated to raising funds in the fight against multiple sclerosis. The local team was the second largest team in terms of numbers to take part in the event, with a total of 28 athletes. Participants ran through the course and tackled various obstacles during the day's challenge.
New Richmond's Economic Development Commission gathered for its annual breakfast meeting Thursday, Aug. 15, to look back over the past 12 months and look forward to 2014. To kick off the morning, the commission members were the first to catch a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-completed video to promote New Richmond. All in attendance had nothing but great things to say about the five-minute video, which featured various scenes of the community and interviews with numerous people talking about the great things that the city has to offer.
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This summer, Friday Memorial Library in New Richmond is injecting a little science into its programming for young people. Over three days last week, the local public library offered "Blast Off Into Science" for students in fourth through sixth grade. Tuesday's was called "Colorful Chemistry. " Wednesday's two-hour session was titled "Renewable Energy," and Thursday's session was "Bubble Extravaganza."
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