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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Anglers from New Richmond's Indianhead Junior Bassmasters put together a strong showing in the 2013 Wisconsin B.A.S.S. Nation Junior State Championships held in La Crosse June 15-16. The local anglers produced seven top 10 finishes in the tournament. That was led by Sam Heinecke, who tied for the championship in the 10-and-under division. Heinecke and Reece Keeney of Waupaca both caught a 1-pound, 12-ounce bass on the opening day. None of the 10-and-under anglers brought in a bass on a tough second day, leaving Heinecke and Keeney in a two-way tie for the championship.
Hannah Wheeler was a princess, almost every day for nine months. Beginning in September, she'll be a European princess for nine months. Wheeler spent September through May living out her dream of skating with the "Disney On Ice" national "Dare To Dream" tour. Wheeler was a competitive figure skater during most of her years attending school in New Richmond. For many of those years, her most pressing goal was to become part of the prestigious "Disney On Ice" ice skating show.
The new Athletic Director/Dean of Students at St. Croix Central is a familiar face. Jeremy Kerg was hired to the new administrative position at St. Croix Central last week. Kerg has served as a high school guidance counselor and assistant football coach at Somerset for the past five years. Kerg and his wife, Christine, have lived in the St. Croix Central School District since 2008 and he has already established working relationships with many members of the school staff.
A new mural decorating one of Somerset Fire/Rescue's inner walls celebrates the department's 80 years of service to the Somerset Community. "It represents the Somerset Fire Department," said Assistant Fire Chief Jason Crotty, "where we started and where we came from, and where we are today." While Crotty said the mural wasn't specifically planned as a recognition of the department's 80th year of service, its 80 years are represented in the painting. Fire Chief Travis Belisle said the mural is a way of celebrating the station's history.
When the Wisconsin Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker start talking about the state's budget, one would think the discussion might be limited to issues related to the spending of taxpayer dollars. Sadly, the state's budget bill often morphs into something that incorporates measures that go well beyond dollars and cents.
After more than 17 years in New Richmond as the director of parks and recreation, Joe Kerlin is ready to see if the park grass is greener in a different city. Kerlin has been hired as the superintendent of parks and forestry for the City of Sheboygan, a Wisconsin city of 50,000 people along the shores of Lake Michigan. A North Dakota native, Kerlin came to New Richmond after a brief stint as aquatics manager in Ada, Minn. When he accepted the local job, he was in charge of parks, recreation and the city-owned aquatic center.
For more than 100 years, the Beebe family has been involved in the funeral home business in New Richmond. On June 12, the fourth member of the Beebe clan was honored with a certificate of recognition for 50 years service to the funeral director's profession. He was honored by the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association at its 132nd annual convention. Prior to Jim Beebe's recognition, his parents Laurence and Adeline and his brother John were also honored for 50 years in the funeral home business.
The Tri-River 4-H group is preparing for the St. Croix County Fair, its first fair since the group formed in August of 2012. "The St. Croix County Fair is always a highlight of the 4-H year and of the summer for 4-H members and leaders," said Tri-River 4-H leader Ann Mitchell. Mitchell co-leads the group with Donna Smith and Becky Olson.
From the Forum News Service Minnesota Fire destroys building, injures two people at resort DULUTH -- A fast-moving blaze destroyed a building and injured two people Wednesday afternoon at the Lake Breeze Motel Resort on the North Shore.
A single-vehicle rollover on Thursday, July 4, has led to another fatality on western Wisconsin roadways. According to a press release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Shayla Story, 17, of Bloomer was traveling southbound on State Highway 40 and negotiating a curve when the car she was driving drifted onto the roadway shoulder. Officials say she brought the vehicle back on the roadway but then rolled over. The accident occurred around 10:41 a.m.