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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New Richmond FFA After finding out that the New Richmond FFA Dairy Judging Team took first place at the World Dairy Expo in October, the team also learned that they were invited to take part in the International Dairy Judging Tour, which includes stops in Scotland, Belgium, England and Germany. In order to raise the $30,000 the team needs to attend the judging tour, team adviser and NRHS agriscience teacher Rachel Sauvola has been looking for different ways to raise the money. Her latest idea is to hold a Farm to Table luncheon featuring locally grown and sourced products.
New Richmond The Donahue family, lead by Patrick and Helen Donahue, has been attending the St. Patrick's Day parade in New Richmond for as long as any of the children can remember. "We've been part of the parade since we were very young," said matriarch Helen. "We've been coming up since we started living on the farm, which was right after we were married, and that has almost been 64 years."
St. Croix County The St. Croix County Farmers Union recently announced that they will be granting two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are enrolled in an accredited college, university, or technical college. All majors will be considered. The applicant and/or his or her parent(s) must be current members of St. Croix County Farmers Union.
WITC WITC Ag Mechanic students traveled to Madison this week to compete against the state's other ag mechanic programs (total of five colleges and 21 teams) at PAS' (Postsecondary Agriculture Students, a national organization) annual event. WITC scored big with first place and second place in team competition, and first and third in individual competition.
Staff Commentary It feels really good to know that my wife and I are finished with our taxes for this year, especially since we are both rather new to doing our own taxes and can use as much help as we can get in order to not make any mistakes.
New Richmond High School When New Richmond High School agriscience teacher Rachel Sauvola and culinary arts teacher Laura Feyma wanted to collaborate on getting a compost system set up at the school, senior Travis Newham jumped at the chance to help the pair out with the research study into how much food waste the school produces on a daily basis.
New Richmond High School After finishing in second place at last year's state tournament, the New Richmond High School Ice Fishing team was hoping to place in the top 10 again this year. And despite not being able to catch three bass and a walleye, the team was still able to bring home a trophy with a 10th place finish.
Somerset Middle School Four Somerset Middle School students recently participated in the Northwest Regional Competition Feb. 2, at Delong Middle School in Eau Claire. Of the four students who participated, Jackson Cook was the sole Spartan to advance to state competition, which is set for March 4, in Sheboygan. The goal of this competition is to challenge eighth-grade students to use higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving abilities in mathematics and to give recognition for academic effort and achievement.
Friday Memorial Library As a new mom, I couldn't wait to share my love of reading with my child. Our friends and family gave dozens of books to build a library for my little one. As frantic and frazzled as I am as a first-time parent, reading gives us some good one-on-one snuggle time at the end of a long day. So when the library introduced an app that I could track my child's reading as part of the "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" initiative, I downloaded it right away — and I love it.
New Richmond Middle school Tyler Lewis Grade: 6 Parent (s) Name (s): Andrea Lewis & Ken Lewis Favorite Class: Gym Favorite activities: Hockey, guitar, music and video games. What I like about school... All the people because they are usually really nice. Elli Coulter Grade: 6 Parent (s) Name (s): Amy & Fred Coulter Favorite Class: Science or Literature Favorite activities: Reading and playing my piano. What I like about school... I like the teachers and how all 3 elementary schools are combined.