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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When it was first founded, the Momentum Chippewa Valley organization formed to help the region weather the economic impact of losing 3,000 jobs in Eau Claire. Since the 1990s, however, the non-profit economic development agency has expanded its service area from its original three up to 10 counties and changed its name to Momentum West. The organization, through its Executive Director Russ Korpela, works to encourage job creation and business growth in much of western Wisconsin.
The traditional fireworks display and celebration at Hatfield Park will again be held with fireworks beginning at dusk on Thursday. The annual family celebration begins at 7 p.m. with a flag presentation by the American Legion. According to Joe Kerlin, parks and recreation director, the Kiwanis Club will provide games for kids, along with bounce houses provided by The Centre. Lyle Orr and A Notable Event will provide music throughout the night. Viewers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to view the firework display.
You might not even recognize the 400-acre parcel of land a couple miles east of Star Prairie, known as the Oak Ridge Waterfowl Production Area, from just a few years ago. Due to diligent management by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, in concert with help from volunteers like the Boy Scouts, what was once a nearly impenetrable ramble has been transformed into the gem of local WPAs.
Local lawmakers' response to the Wisconsin Legislature's adoption of a new biennial budget seems subdued with the area's lone Democratic representative hoping that the governor will veto parts. On a vote of 55-42, the Assembly passed the budget in short order last Wednesday after Democrats decided not to offer any amendments or prolong debate. Minority Leader Peter Barca was quoted as saying the spending plan is so bad there was no hope of fixing it.
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has announced that his staff would be available for mobile office hours in Star Prairie. These office hours allow constituents to meet with the Senator’s staff to request assistance with a federal agency or regarding other federal matters. The local stop will be Tuesday, July 2, from 4-5 p.m.
The Somerset School District has received an AODA grant that will benefit the district in the 2013-14 school year and in future years. The $1,300 grant was part of approximately $950,000 given out by the Department of Public Instruction that will help reduce or prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among Wisconsin school students. The Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) program grants provide funding to teach skills and supply information aimed at preventing alcohol and illegal drug use.
A 60-year-old couple were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. The husband took his wife to a fine restaurant; with the best wine, table cloth and silver. The wine was expensive and delicious. As they finished the second bottle of wine a fairy appeared. She said, "I must compliment you two on your fine marriage. I will therefore give each of you one wish." She turned to the wife. "What is your wish?"
Cornerstone Assembly of God Church has expanded its building to better meet the needs of its congregation. The local church, pastored by Curt Thomassen, moved into its larger and renovated space about two months ago and members are settling in. Thomassen said the 2,300-square-foot addition includes better fellowship space, two new offices, a large multi-purpose room, a new expanded nursery facility and storage. Two new restrooms also are part of the addition.
A new course awaits runners who enter the 2013 Willow River Run. The Willow River Run is the oldest and largest running event in New Richmond. This will be the 34th year that the event has been held.
The Hammond Village Board is moving forward with plans to hire a village administrator/clerk. The board, in its Monday, June 24, regular meeting, voted to approve a job description and classified ad for the position. The board discussed combining the administrator position with the now-open clerk's position at its June 10 meeting. The administrator/clerk would act as a liaison between village personnel and the board, oversee the department heads and all contracted labor positions, and carry out directives given by the village board.