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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Glen Belisle started gardening when he was 3 years old, helping his mother with her garden and learning from her. "My mother was a great gardener," Belisle said. "I think of her all the time when I'm gardening." Which is every day, with very few exceptions, Belisle said, despite the fact he is 87 years old, has had multiple hip surgeries and is confined to a power scooter. "I feel so much better when I'm down in the garden," Belisle said. "I forget about everything when I'm down there."
Tails were wagging the evening of July 16. Pet lovers, dogs and interested community members gathered at the newly developed New Richmond Dog Park to take part in an official ribbon cutting ceremony that night. Three dogs took the inaugural run through the nicely-mowed and fenced field. Pet owners took a leisurely tour of the park in the 90-degree heat. The consensus was that the city park was a keeper.
Credit Forum News Service North Dakota Japanese beetles found around N.D. GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Dozens of Japanese beetles have been identified around North Dakota, including infestations in Grand Forks and West Fargo, according to state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.
Advance Auto Parts Inc. has opened a new store on one of the busiest intersections in New Richmond. The commercial lot at the corner of Knowles Avenue and Fourth Street has been empty for decades, but now is bustling with activity. Advanced Auto Parts, 346 S. Knowles Ave., held a ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony on July 17, with the help of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. The store opened for business July 11. Advanced Auto Parts sells vehicle parts, batteries, accessories and maintenance items, among other things.
With concerts, cows and carnival rides, the 2013 St. Croix County Fair lived up to its theme of family fun. Held from July 17-21 in Glenwood City, the fair received an outpouring of community support through volunteerism, donations and attendance. Providing local families with the opportunity to learn more about the agricultural community and enjoy the outdoors, the fair has attracted around 20,000 people during the last few years.
Motorists travelling on WIS 35 north of Hudson can expect additional truck traffic entering and exiting the site of the former wayside in the Town of St. Joseph. Motorists will experience shoulder closures for the next two weeks to accommodate the increased traffic. The trucks are hauling clean, native material from the St. Croix River that is being removed as part of the foundation’s contract for the St. Croix Crossing project.
A former Somerset woman was convicted and sentenced to jail in the sexual assault of a young man nearly two years ago. Valerie Marie Bartkey, 26, St. Paul, pleaded guilty to two counts of battery, criminal damage and two counts of disorderly conduct July 17. Judge Howard W. Cameron ordered Bartkey to serve 30 days in jail, probation for three years and 100 hours of community service. She was also fined $1,268.
Bryan Witzmann has heard it from fans and from pro football agents. The mammoth South Dakota State offensive tackle from Somerset isn't looking ahead. He acknowledges that an NFL career is a distinct possibility, but he's not going to spend any time thinking about it now. Witzmann has far too much on his plate to dwell on something that is still just a possibility.
A lawsuit over the clinics' management has been settled after the parties asked a St. Croix County judge to dismiss the case and announced that Hudson Physicians, River Falls Medical Clinic and New Richmond Clinic will end their affiliation. A press release approved by the three divisions of Western Wisconsin Medical Associates said Monday that the clinics will discontinue operating WWMA, a 16-year-old partnership, effective Oct. 1.
Harriet Meath knew she had been nominated for the 2013 Outstanding Older Adult Award, but she had no idea she'd won until the announcement was made Friday, July 19, at the St. Croix County Fair. "It was a surprise," she said.