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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(Due to a production error, this week's Ox Cart Days clue did not appear in this week's New Richmond News. Following is the clues so far.) The annual medallion hunt leading up to Star Prairie’s Ox Cart Days celebration is now underway. Below are the first two clues. The medallion is on village property. Hunters will not need to destroy or deface anything to locate the medallion.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has identified more than 1,200 acres that it would like to have hayed during the month of August on Waterfowl Production Areas on Polk, St. Croix and Dunn counties. According to Chris Tosen, wildlife biologist with the St. Croix Wetland Management District, the application packets are currently available at the New Richmond U.S. Fish and Wildlife office at 1764 95th Street. All applications are due at the local office by Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 3:30 p.m.
Credit Forum News Service North Dakota State mill profits up 48 percent BISMARCK -- North Dakota’s state-owned mill saw a $3.9 million increase in profits for fiscal year 2013. The 48 percent increase makes it the third-most-profitable year in the North Dakota Mill & Elevator’s 90-year history.
Two semi trucks crashed on Interstate 94 at mile marker 120 in Jackson County near Black River Falls at around 5:08 p.m. Tuesday, July 30. According to a press release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, the crashed occurred when a TGL Logistics Inc. semi, which was parked on the shoulder of I-94 due to engine failure, was struck in the rear by a Werner Enterprises Inc. semi. The Werner semi, driven by Jim J. Brown, 52, of Ramsey, Minn., continued into the median and caught on fire. The driver was able to escape from the unit with non-life threatening injuries.
From the Forum News Service North Dakota Police investigate death of man found in bar FARGO – Police here are investigating the death of a 21-year-old Fargo man after he was discovered unresponsive in the downstairs bathroom of a local bar. Lt. Joel Vettel said at 11:19 p.m. on July 23, police responded to a medical call in the downstairs bathroom of the Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse at 1201 Westrac Drive in Fargo.
New Richmond is turning to video to tell its story. The city has hired dandyLION Pictures to create a five- to seven-minute film that will be used to promote the community to business prospects and potential new residents. The video will eventually be posted on the city's website. The company producing the video is operated by New Richmond High School graduates Josh and Signe Shores.
The Somerset Amphitheater is getting set for the Summer Set Festival Aug. 9-11. This year's headliners include Big Gigantic, Passion Pit, Girl Talk, and STS9 with hip hop legends Common and the Big Boi of Outkast. Headlining Friday will be Big Gigantic.Other artists will include Griz, Tommy Trash, Manic Focus and Adventure Club. Passion Pit and Girl Talk will headline Saturday. Other acts will include Doomtree, Wolfgang Gartner and BoomBox. Sunday's headliners will be STS9 and Common. Other acts will include Krewella, Diplo, Madeon, Flosstradamus and Dessa.
On Friday, Aug. 9, crews will close MinneostaHighway 95 for the weekend as they work to demolish the Highway 36 flyover bridge to northbound Highway 95.
From the Forum News Service
The Polk County Sheriffs Office was notified of a fight involving injuries at the Staples Lake Bar located at 1977 Polk Barron Street in Johnstown Township on Saturday, July 27, at 2:30 a.m.. Deputies, along With Cumberland First Responders and Ambulance Service responded to this call. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found multiple victims; the most serious being a unresponsive female lying the in the parking lot that had reportedly been struck by the suspect's vehicle as the vehicle fled the parking lot. The female, Michelle S.