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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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.
Monday could be called the humble beginning for the new Before- and After-School Program offered by the New Richmond Area YMCA. A couple students attended the morning session of the program's first day, while five students were on hand for the afternoon portion. Following school, kids interacted with Cheryle Nelson, the new program's director, and Mary Anderson, the coordinator for all of the YMCA of Greater St. Paul's school-aged care programs.
Somerset youngster places first in motocross competition While most of his friends are quietly riding their bicycles around the neighborhood, Grant Hecht is catching air on his high-powered motorcycle. Even at the young age of 6, Grant has begun to master the thrilling sport of motocross racing. He's been involved in the sport since age 3 and currently owns three racing bikes. The Somerset area youngster took first place in the District 23 American Motorcycle Association championship this fall.
The long road to a New Richmond teacher contract may finally be ending. Negotiating teams for the school district and teachers met Dec. 14 in an attempt to hammer out an agreement and avoid a scheduled Jan. 5 arbitration hearing. Details of the agreement will not be released until both sides vote to ratify the contract. The School Board is slated to consider the agreement at its Wednesday night meeting.
Local realtors are counting on it. Wal-Mart is pretty sure it's going to happen.