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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Dadez Physical Therapy had long ago outgrown its space on South Knowles Avenue in New Richmond. For several years, owners Karl and Wendy Dadez have been looking to construct a new building or purchase an existing structure that fit their needs. Over the past two years, they have been working with the city of New Richmond on a plan to build a facility in the New Richmond Business and Technical Park. But those plans were scrapped when a professional building at 471 S. Arch Ave. (which formerly housed the Golf Cave) dropped in price and made the purchase possible.
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The Willow River Players production of "Annie Get Your Gun" opens this Friday night for a six-show run at the New Richmond High School Auditorium. Willow River Players is a non-profit organization that brings live theater to audiences in St. Croix County. Any profits made from shows goes to the Carla Kelley Scholarship fund that makes scholarships available to graduating seniors who will further their education in theater and music.
When a customer eats out for dinner, trying to select a healthy menu item can be a veritable dietary minefield. A wrap can seem like a healthier choice than a burger or chicken sandwich with chips, but evaluating what choice is better than the other often goes beyond the brief description provided by restaurants. That's why New Richmond's Vitality Initiative is working with local restaurants to scientifically evaluate menu items and give its approval to various recipes.
The Apple River Riders ATV Club is working hard to establish a route so all-terrain vehicles can legally operate on some roads in St Croix and Polk counties. Barry Kunze, a member of the club, stopped by the Star Prairie Village Board meeting Aug. 7 to request that the community consider allowing ATVs to use certain streets to get through the village. Kunze said the Town of Alden in Polk County has already approved a route.
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About a month after being struck by a boat on East Balsam Lake in an accident that cost him both of his legs, 26-year-old Mark Mann is alive, healthy and happy. Having been discharged from Regions Hospital only two weeks after his accident, Mann has amazed his doctors, nurses and physical therapists with his swift recovery. Although he may be healing at an astounding rate, it will take a long time for Mann to shake the trauma of that day.
Upsetting a top seed in the opening round of the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs showed that the New Richmond Millers are capable of competing with the best amateur teams in Wisconsin. Pitching is what separate the eight state qualifiers from those teams left behind. The Millers' hopes of reaching this weekend's state championships were extinguished in a 7-0 loss to Coon Valley in the second round of the WBA playoffs on Sunday. The WBA state championships will be played this Friday through Sunday at Oakey Park in Osceola.