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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From the Forum News Service Minnesota Bemidji council rejects Zorbaz offer BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji city councilors Monday rejected a proposal from the Zorbaz on the Lake restaurant group to buy land on the south shore of Lake Bemidji.
In mid June, 32 teens and nine adult chaperones traveled to Omaha, Neb. for a Group Workcamp home repair youth mission trip. They were sponsored by Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond and worked with more than 300 teens and adults from all over the country. Group Workcamp is a non-denominational Christian service foundation that sponsors small home repair missions in communities throughout the United States and Canada, and fosters the growth of the Christian faith in our youth.
The Wisconsin Secretary of Safety and Professional Services, Dave Ross, stopped by New Richmond June 25 for a quick visit with one of his volunteer board members. Jim Rusch, with Sweet Greetings in New Richmond, has served on the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors for 16 years. Rusch works with the state regulatory agency to ensure that licensed professionals meet education and skills requirements established by the state.
Fourteen fifth-graders at Starr Elementary have been awarded the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence for maintaining an A-average GPA during the 2012-13 school year. Ryan Affeldt, Caleb Armstrong, Amy Baranowski, Jade Berget, Nevaeh Brewer, Zoe Christensen, Erika Emerson, Jhette Gabriel, Dawson Grove, Jessica Hagman, Josiah Hanson, Myah Kopp, Claire Nilson and Jackson Seidling were issued awards, signed by President Barack Obama.
From the Forum News Service ND/MN One of nine rescued puppies dies JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Helen, one of the nine puppies whose owner tried to bury them alive at a construction site in western North Dakota, died Friday night.
Motorists and boaters will experience similar ongoing traffic impacts on Highway 36, Highway 95, local roads and the St. Croix River during the week of July 1. New Highway 36/Highway 95 for the Minnesota approach work will begin in mid-July. Traffic impacts, including intermittent lane closures on Highway 36 and Highway 95, the temporary bypass and closed neighborhood access, remain the same as previous weeks. The temporary bypass runs through an active construction zone.
Credit Forum News Service Minnesota DNR pulls famous researcher’s bear permits ELY, Minn -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Friday revoked permits for famed Ely bear researcher Lynn Rogers, ordering him to stop placing radio transmitter collars on bears and stop putting cameras in bear dens.
The Somerset Village Board hired Michael Bodlovick as a public works laborer/parks coordinator at its June 18 regular village board meeting, pending his successful completion of a standard physical test. A routine background check and drug screening have already been completed. The finance/personnel committee selected Bodlovick from a pool of five applicants interviewed. He currently works in the same parks capacity for the City of Lake Elmo, Minn. In other business:
Credit Forum News Service North Dakota Cirrus expands Grand Forks facility GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Cirrus Aircraft on Thursday announced the expansion of its Grand Forks facility to accommodate a new autoclave oven in preparation for production of the Vision SF50 jet and the company’s SR propeller-driven planes.
Kathy Miller has enjoyed libraries since her preschool days, when she would walk to the Racine Public Library with her mother and baby brother. "Mom would head upstairs to the adult department and I'd go downstairs to the children's area," Miller said. In sixth grade, Miller had some of her earliest experience working at a library, helping to process books and fill empty shelves at her elementary school library. Miller's love of libraries eventually led her to become assistant director of the Hazel Mackin Community Library in Roberts.