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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Hundreds of toys will soon be in the hands of Iraqi children, thanks to a toy collection recently completed in New Richmond. The American Legion Post 80 shipped out 39 boxes filled with Match-Box and Hot Wheels cars, along with small dolls and stuffed animals, to soldiers stationed in Iraq.
Like a growing foot in an already tight shoe, New Richmond is feeling the land squeeze. That hemmed-in feeling is what prompted the city recently to begin enforcing its extra-territorial powers within a mile and a half of its borders. Under the restrictions, the city no longer allows more than one house to be constructed on a minimum 35-acre lot. By slowing development, the city hopes to keep its border expansion possibilities open.
New Richmond man aids Iraqi political party development Steve Edwards spent his summer vacation teaching Iraqis a new language -- the language of democracy. Edwards was in the war-torn country June 10-23 as part of the International Republican Institute's effort to create a stronger democratic society in the former dictatorship. It's pretty heady stuff for the New Richmond resident who spends his normal work week as governmental affairs manager for 3M in St. Paul. "It's some of the most rewarding stuff I've ever done," Edwards said upon his return from Iraq.
New Richmond's cable access channel has gone black. That's just one of several frustrating issues the Cable TV Regulatory Board will discuss at its regular meeting slated for Monday. The board is beginning to review the performance of Rapid Cable, which took over the exclusive contract in New Richmond last October when Frontier's operation was sold. The board is in charge of deciding what company will hold exclusive rights to the city's cable customers.
Anyone who watches FOX Channel 9 news knows that their editors have a certain formula for every newscast. Somewhere within the hour-long program, at least one "cute" animal or animal-in-peril story is aired. It doesn't matter where the pet or animal story comes from (the U.S. or elsewhere), the news officials obviously believe people like the soft, cuddly feel of a good animal story. We'v tried our best to follow the formula the past two weeks. On the front of last week's issue we had a story about a pet alligator that was evicted from Star Prairie.
Area school districts were above average in most subject areas included in last fall's statewide testing. The Department of Public Instruction Thursday released the district results from tests completed by students in 4th, 8th and 10th grades in October 2004. New Richmond was above the state average in all areas except 10th grade language arts. In fact, the scores in many areas were considerably higher than the state benchmarks.
Volunteer couple honored for doing what they love They really didn't want to talk about it. Sure, Irv and Mary Sather had been named this year's outstanding senior citizens in St.
Count the New Richmond Library Board as a group disappointed by the unsuccessful April 5 school referendum vote. The library is waiting in the wings to see what happens to the school district's middle school building and property. Library officials would like to acquire the school building and land for a future library facility.
A new community group is hoping to encourage the use and protection of the Willow River. The idea for the "Friends of the Willow River" was kicked around about a year ago among a handful of river lovers. Mike Kelly, chairman of the Friends group, and member Mike Reiter were two of the key figures in the groups beginnings. "Now that we're both retired," Kelly said, "we have some time to put into this stuff." Kelly said the Friends group, which total less than 10 members so far, hopes to accomplish several goals over the next few years. One major project will b
New Richmond School District officials thought more about their current and pending space crunch and decided to do something about it. As a short-term fix to a severe lack of classroom space in the elementary grade levels, the School Board voted 5-2 to lease six portable classrooms for two years. The portables would be attached to East Elementary at a cost of about $286,000 over two years. Superintendent Craig Hitchens set the stage for the portable classroom discussion by outlining enrollment numbers in the district. Without any additional new students in the distr