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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The County Market building in southern New Richmond, which has been sitting empty since Dec. 31, 2006, may finally have a new purpose. The Administration Committee for the St. Croix County Board voted Monday to recommend that the Health and Human Services offices be moved to the former grocery store location. The purchase price for the building, if approved, would be $1.28 million. The full county board will consider the matter at its Aug. 6 meeting.
New Richmond EMS is sponsoring its fourth annual "Swing For Life" Golf Scramble event Monday, July 29, at the New Richmond Golf Club. Individuals and foursomes of any ability are welcome to participate in the 18 hole scramble. Raffle ticket sales and check-in will begin at noon followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Dinner is included and will be served following the scramble. Pre-registration is available at New Richmond EMS, 344 S. Arch Ave., in New Richmond. Proceeds from this event will be used to purchase mobile transport ventilators.
On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle at Gettysburg, a New Richmond man stood on the very same ground proudly displaying his Union soldier uniform. Glenn Newby, 76, is a Civil War re-enactor who travels to events dedicated to bringing the nation's history to life. "My son's (Scott) been doing this kind of thing for a few years," Newby said. "I've been kind of tagging along with him."
Next summer, Star Prairie will be split apart. The Apple River bridge along County Road M in the village is scheduled to be replaced in 2014. When construction is underway, community residents will not be able to easily cross over to the other side of town for about three months. Vehicle traffic will be detoured to other local roadways during the project.
Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake, located at 550 Perch Lake Road near Hudson, will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a park on Saturday, July 20. St. Croix Scuba, Friends of Perch Lake, and the staff of Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake are teaming together to host a "Day in the Park." The day's events start at 9 a.m.
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A Sunday, July 14, benefit for former St. Croix Central coach Mike Fern, who has battled cancer for years, was deemed a success by event organizers. Terri Jo Hartung, who organized the event with Lisa Hawkins, Tera Hinzman and Sue Frank, said the benefit exceeded her expectations. "It went unbelieveable," she said. Hartung said she and her fellow event-coordinators had been expecting a large crowd.
Workers are about halfway done reconstructing and upgrading the St. Croix Central Elementary School building. According to Tim Widiker, district superintendent, work on the elementary school is approximately 52 percent complete. An April 30 fire closed the St. Croix Central School building, causing approximately $4 million in damage. Fortunately, Widiker said, insurance is covering the cost of restoration. Widiker said the extent of the damage in the office and library areas, where most of the fire damage was concentrated, will need the most repairs.
As 4-H clubs zero in on local county fair efforts, some members are rapidly expanding their attention to something much larger: international hosting. This summer, eight local families are hosting students from Japan, Korea, Argentina and Mexico through Wisconsin 4-H International Programs. Although most have already arrived, some will not land on American soil until the end of July.