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 Roberts Village Board approved a proposal to lower the speed limit to 25 mph on Graham Street, from Cross Lutheran Church to Cherry Lane, and to add crosswalks at Cherry Lane/Graham Street and South Division Street/Graham Street going north/south.According to Police Chief Aaron McWilliams, the speed limit change will take effect once the signs go up.
The Monday, April 16 Roberts Village Board meeting became heated as Municipal Judge Peter Tharp defended himself against allegations from the village prosecuting attorney, village trustees and the police chief that he had been acting improperly in his role. After nearly an hour of back and forth dialogue, both sides found themselves at a standstill. With neither side willing to give in village board president Willard Moeri suggested the village may have to move forward with a legal outlet to address their concerns since the board felt like Tharp left them with no other options.
Over 100 New Richmond High School students took part in a quiet, nonviolent and respectful walkout event on Friday, April 20, as part of the National High School Walkout, which took place across the country.
According to New Richmond District Administrator Patrick Olson, long-time board of education member Chris Skoglund’s resignation from the board was accepted by the school board at its Monday, April 16 school board meeting.
John Nickleby and Rick Swanson, along with Rick's brother Chris, have known each other since high school. Years later, the trio, along with their wives — Kathe Nickleby, Kris Swanson and Libby Swanson — are co-owners of three Dunn Brothers Coffee stores and one Erbert & Gerberts sub shop. The newest of these is a Dunn Brothers that opened on March 12 in New Richmond (1716 Dorset Lane).
One of the New Richmond Chamber's fastest growing events is less than a month away. Tickets are still available for the May 2 Women's Business Luncheon and Expo, which includes:an expo, an extreme makeover reveal and a short program culminating with the selection of the Business Woman of the Year. The Business Woman of the Year award, now in its seventh year, is one of the most prestigious chamber honors given every year. The event will take place at R&D Catering.
While most students spent their spring break having fun, Somerset Middle School sixth-graders Brooke Olson and Izzy Eskierka worked on a project they hope will brighten their classmates' day.
The local River Valley Agency 3-15 Special Olympics Team Basketball recently participated in the state competition on April 7 and 8, in Oshkosh. The River Valley Athletes placed first, bringing home gold medals for all. This is the team’s first year competing in Team Basketball. The team went undefeated this season. The team is made up of members from Roberts, River Falls and Hudson.
New Richmond was recently selected as the roll-out site for the 60 Forward initiative. WITC-New Richmond will host the first 60 Forward Partner Briefing on Friday, April 13.
On Thursday, April 19, the Willow River Writers will present its third annual author showcase at the Friday Memorial Library, which will feature three local authors and readings from members of the group.