Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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The Hammond Heartland Days committee selected Julie Boumeester to honor her late husband, Ron Boumeester, by being the 2017 Heartland Days grand marshal and ride in the Sunday, Aug. 13 parade, which starts at 12:30 p.m. "Ron was a great part of the Hammond community. He was always willing to lend a hand; whether it was spraying weeds for someone or trimming their trees, he rarely said no," said Heartland Days Committee representative Linda Hawkins.
Being the son of a teacher and para educator, newly hired Starr Elementary Principal Nicholas Hall's path toward becoming a teacher was almost a given. "The relationships that I witnessed and was able to be a part of through my parents made teaching an obvious choice for me," Hall said. "Education is a great avenue to change lives and give people opportunities that wouldn't be possible without a solid educational foundation."
This year's Hammond Heartland Days will start on Thursday, Aug. 10, and continue through Sunday, Aug. 13. The festival will include the annual grand parade, the Miss Hammond Royalty Pageant, the Community Appreciation Dinner and the 30th annual car show.
There have been many stories and articles written about how an individual had a passion ever since they were a little kid and how they were finally able to reach that goal years later. However, Mei Mei's Cookies & Creamery (pronounced Mimi) owner Melissa Abdouch came to find her passion for baked goods, specifically cookies, through a more roundabout way than most.
For the last 20 years, the Deer Park library — which has been around for over three decades — has been located at 112 Front St. W. Before that, it was housed in part of Al's Repair Shop, the old village hall and the old bank building.
Many people driving on Knowles Avenue have probably seen a new sign featuring a cow and a cup of coffee that has popped up between Heidi's Hallmark and Papa Murphy's. That would be the new coffee and ice cream shop, MooJo's Coffee and Ice Cream, which opened in May by Hallmark owners Debbie and Joe Morales.
The St. Croix Central School District held its annual meeting July 24, where the citizens of the district approved a tax levy of $6,723,309 and a 0.01129413 mill rate. The tax levy saw a decrease of 0.41 percent from last year, while the mill rate dropped from 0.01156790 last year.
St. Croix County Sheriff’s Investigator Dean Fayerweather has been with the sheriff’s office for 21 years and a cop for 23. Almost since the beginning of his time as a police officer, Fayerweather has wanted to connect with the local communities he served and help the area children who are in need.
Communities all over the country will be out in force on Tuesday, Aug. 1, to celebrate National Night Out. Locally, the New Richmond and Hammond Police Departments will each host their own events on Tuesday, which will include the chance to meet with local police, fire and EMS workers as well as food, music, games and much more.
According to New Richmond Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst, the garage fire — which started at 9:15 a.m. Friday, July 14, at 1209 W. Ninth St. — was unintentional/accidental, but the department is still unsure what exactly started the fire. “There was no interior damage or any structural damage. The fire destroyed some of the Christmas decorations that the family had in the garage and they also lost some of the facade and vinyl on the front of the house,” VanderWyst said.