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 New Richmond News relaunched its website Wednesday with a new, cutting-edge design. Users first will notice a fresh, open look that will allow for larger photographs, related story links and more efficient navigation. Most important, group director Steve Messick said, is that the changes accommodate how people want to consume news and how advertisers want to deliver their message in today’s world. “People expect information at their fingertips.
After 15 years of employment with the City of New Richmond, Robert Barbian is moving on. Most recently the city's planning and community development director, Barbian resigned June 10 in the midst of a recent departmental reorganization effort. "With these changes, the city has accepted the resignation of Bob Barbian," said City Administrator Mike Darrow in a press release last week. "We are appreciative of Bob's years of service to the City of New Richmond."
The Stillwater Synchro synchronized swimming team is sending 10 athletes to the 2013 eSynchro U.S. Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships in Riverside, Calif. The meet, held June 21-29, is the largest synchronized swimming meet in the world, and features competition in four age groups: 11-12, 13-15, 16-17 and 18-19. Two St. Anne's School students are among the girls competing. Aly Meath, 14, and Adrianna Meath, 11, are headed west for the event.
They've been walking their neighborhood for about 11 years, but these days three New Richmond, Wis. women are shaking up their routine just a bit. Mary Sather, Anne Langford and Marilyn McCarty have taken up Nordic walking, a fitness routine that is fast gaining popularity among older adults. For the past month or so, the walking group has picked up canes, ski poles and walking sticks to try the latest craze. Sather, 81, said the idea to start Nordic walking came from her husband, Irv. "Irv's been after me to use canes for quite a while," she said.
At 91, Vernice Evans may be one of western Wisconsin's best examples of someone living a life of vitality. "I think staying active and having a lot of friends helps you stay healthy," she said. "I've had my share of health issues, but I've kept going." Evans has been the front desk receptionist at the New Richmond News for more than 18 years and she still comes in several days a week to greet customers, proofread and answer phones. "At least people have stopped asking me when I am going to retire," Evans said with a laugh.
It's Christmas card time, and pictured among the members of Peggy and Mike Nickel's family is an unfamiliar face. Fruzsina Kavas arrived in the United States in August with limited English skills and a wish to experience life in a typical Wisconsin family. To say it's been a bit of a culture shock for Kavas this school year would be a serious understatement. The senior at New Richmond High School is a native of Budapest, Hungary.
Former bowling alley owner helped NR grow Joe Grubich often sat on his front yard swing when the weather was nice, watching the comings and goings of neighbors and local residents. From his favorite spot, Grubich could appreciate the accomplishments of a life devoted to improving the city he loved -- New Richmond. Grubich died Friday, Dec.
A tearful Mary Kay Rice resigned from her District 3 New Richmond City Council seat at the conclusion of the regular meeting Monday. The resignation is effective Dec. 31.
When Lynn Munson arrived at work Friday morning, there was a package waiting outside the door. Problem was, the contents had nothing to do with the approaching Christmas holidays. Inside were a mother cat and her 10 young kittens. Another cat in the box was dead and wrapped in a blanket. "I was afraid when I found the box, because I thought they were all dead," said Munson, practice manager at Countryside Veterinary Clinic in New Richmond. "I didn't see any movement." Much to her delight, when the box was opened she found all but one alive.
The Salvation Army red kettle campaign is way behind schedule. As of Monday, only about $22,000 had been raised by St. Croix County bellringers. That's bad news for local Salvation Army officials who set an aggressive $100,000 goal for this year's effort. Last year the county gathered about $62,000 in donations, but the organization ran out of money by the end of the year. "I'm extremely concerned," said Duana Bremer, director of the Salvation Army of St. Croix County. "I'm not trying to scare people, but this is reality.