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 Disabilities Awareness Committee of Somerset School District (formerly the Autism Awareness Committee) is excited to offer a FREE presentation to ANYONE who would like to attend! (see attached flyer) Dr. John Garcia, sleep specialist from Gillette Children's Specialty Clinics & Hospitals, will present a one hour lecture on "Sleep Issues/Disorders in Children with Disabilities" on Wednesday, July 31 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Somerset Elementary School.
The City of Portage Police Department in Columbia County, Wis. requested assistance in locating a 2003 black Toyota Corolla that was suspected in being involved in a bank robbery that occurred in the City of Portage Thursday, July 18. At approximately 3:30 p.m., a Wisconsin State Trooper located the vehicle traveling eastbound on I-94 near mile marker 108 in Jackson County. With the assistance of the Jackson Co.
Walk Around the Clock is the latest community-wide Wellness Counts challenge presented by JA Counter, The Vitality Initiative and HealthPartners. The competition is an online, team-based challenge that pushes participants to get moving and be active for at least 150 minutes each week for six weeks. The challenge kicks off on Aug. 11 and continues through Sept. 21. There is a $15 entry fee, due upon registration, to participate in the challenge.
Star Prairie resident Steve Hanson knows just how important it is to have a stable blood supply available. In September 2012, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a type of cancer that develops in the bone marrow and quickly moves into the blood. He was immediately admitted to Regions Hospital where he received chemotherapy treatments and many blood and platelet transfusions during his 32-day stay.
Those looking to fill prescriptions now have another pharmacy to consider in New Richmond. Steve Massey, president and CEO of the hospital, said the idea and plans for a pharmacy at Westfields Hospital has been in the works for more than two years. He said after being open for just three weeks, pharmacists at Westfields Community Pharmacy have already filled more than 1,000 prescriptions. "This has been in the planning stages for many years," said Rachel Hyman, pharmacist in charge.
The man who spearheaded a pair of key projects sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity has submitted his resignation. After more than three years as Habitat for Humanity's executive director, Jim Farr, 63, of River Falls will resign effective Aug. 30. The resignation is said to be due to "unfortunate personal and family circumstances." Since Farr joined St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity, it has opened ReStore in New Richmond and, more recently, began building the highly publicized Eco-Village on the west side of River Falls.
Former players and fans are invited to the 60th reunion and fun day for the Farmington Fastpitch Softball program. The reunion will be held at Gator Site Rec Park in Farmington. The event starts at 1 p.m. with a game between the girls' fastpitch team and the Farmington fastpitch team. A key moment in the day comes at 3 p.m., with alumni recognition and awards. At 3:30 p.m., youth baseball teams will play. That will be followed by a game between family league teams at 5:30 p.m.
The New Richmond U12 softball team is going to nationals, after taking third place in its state tournament over the weekend. The NAFA Nationals will be held in Eagan, Minn. this Thursday through Sunday. New Richmond is one of 87 teams in the tournament. The New Richmond team is coming off a third place performance in its state tournament at Elk River, Minn. over the weekend.
St. Croix Central's new school District Superintendent Tim Widiker has started his duties. Widiker's official first day was June 17. "Things are going great," Widiker said of his first few weeks in the position. "I've really been impressed with the staff I've met." Widiker said it has been easy for him to step into the position, despite the challenges the district has faced lately, especially with the fire restoration efforts ongoing at St. Croix Central Elementary, thanks to work put in by his predecessor, David Bradley.
Heidi Weisert-Peatow officially began her duties as principal of St. Croix Central Elementary School on July 1, working from a temporary office in the high school building. She is located in the high school while fire reconstruction is being completed at the elementary school. Due to the extent of the damage caused by the April 30 fire at SCC Elementary, the principal's office is being almost completely rebuilt. But while she can't occupy the space, Weisert-Peatow said she did get some input as to how it will look when it's complete.