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 critics appear to have been silenced. The New Richmond Area YMCA signed its first lease with the City of New Richmond on March 8, 2004. Now, a year later, things are going better than anyone could have imagined. According to Executive Director Darian Blattner, the YMCA membership numbers are well ahead of early projections. Through Feb. 24, the local facility has 3,313 members (or 1,269 membership units). That compares with 301 members (121 membership units) at the end of April last year. "We're considerably ahead of where we thought we'd be," Blattner said.
The vague graffiti, written upside down in pencil and located in a stairwell, could have been there for years. But a New Richmond Middle School student accidentally came across a note which read "I have a bomb." The student reported the graffiti at 2:53 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22. Because the school day was just about complete, officials decided not to order an immediate evacuation of the building. It likely would not have sped up the process of students leaving the building anyway, said Principal Mike Ballard.
Showing school pride just got a little easier. The National Honor Society at New Richmond High School has opened a new online Tiger clothing and accessories store. According to Trish Moberg, Honor Society advisor, the online approach to offering school apparel is catching on fast. "We're trying to promote positive school spirit," she said. "We want everyone to show their school pride." About 20 orders have been placed with the clothing company already, and the store has yet to be promoted much.
The panic button over the selection of 208 acres of land for a future school campus may have been pushed prematurely. On a 78-23 vote at a Special Annual Meeting of the New Richmond school district, local residents approved the tract northeast of the airport as the preferred site of a new high school and future buildings. The vote capped a wild few days, which found school board members taking airplane rides and school officials conducting whirlwind meetings. District, city and airport officials were scrambling to determine if the property was suitable for new buildings.
The seeds of future careers were planted Thursday at the annual New Richmond Middle School Career Fair. Now it's up to the students to choose a path and begin to promote growth and skills. The Career Fair has been around for more than a decade. It's a joint effort between the school district, New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce and B.I.C.E.P. (Business, Industry, Community, Education, Parents organization). Students were provided a list of about 30 visiting business people and were allowed to listen to several presentations during their allotted time.
New group promotes positive leadership There were no zombies at last Thursday's girls basketball game in New Richmond.
Mary Lou Pabst is convinced she had help from above in winning $10,000. When she opened an envelope from the American Legion late last year, Pabst noted the sweepstakes tickets but set them aside. Her husband, a long-time American Legion member, had died March 19 and she doubted she'd enter the drawing. "I couldn't decide if I should send the tickets in or not," she said. "I have a feeling my husband reached down and told me to do it." It's a good thing she did.
Governor Jim Doyle's Jan. 12 State of the State address was a big deal among politicians in Madison. It was not such a big deal in New Richmond or St. Croix County. "I'm wondering how many people from this area actually saw it," said David Schnitzler, mayor of New Richmond. "I didn't watch it all myself." The lack of enthusiasm for the annual gubernatorial address was echoed throughout the community and county. Most local residents avoided commenting on Gov.
So now we're supposed to exercise up to 90 minutes a day if we want to remain healthy, productive people. That's the recommendation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. Tommy Thompson, the outgoing commissioner of Health and Human Services, announced the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines at a press conference Wednesday.
A referendum for the New Richmond School District is starting to take shape. At its meeting last Wednesady, the board directed district administrators to develop the wording for a $54 million referendum question. Under the plan, voters would decide the fate of the new and remodeled facilities in an April 5 election. School board members voted 6-1 in favor of proceeding with the referendum. Bill Brennan voted against support of a referendum at this time. Brennan indicated he did not feel comfortable supporting a plan for building until better growth projections are available.