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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Consecutive failures of a pistol to discharge saved the life of a New Richmond resident following a confrontation with her son, according to the New Richmond Police Department. He was allegedly set on killing her, because “the only way he could move forward in his life was to end hers,” officers said.
May 12 was supposed to be a normal day for the Fellrath family of Hudson. The only difference between May 12 and the day before was that the family's contractor had torn up their driveway, which was being replaced for the first time since the house was built 49 years ago. Something that, according to their contractor friends, should have taken no more than a day or two, ended up becoming a two-and-a-half month ordeal that saw their driveway sit uncompleted.
After coming on staff in June, and giving his first sermon as lead pastor on July 2, First Baptist Church's Craig Morris feels like things couldn't be going better at his new church.
There are 1,200 cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome, or abusive head trauma, a year in the United States, according to St. Croix County Public Health Nurse Sue Lindberg. Shaken Baby Syndrome causes permanent brain damage due to bleeding in the brain. SBS leads to death in 25 percent of the cases and various degrees of brain damage and disability in the remaining 75 percent. Because of this, and because students learn in a wide variety of ways, the St. Croix County Citizen Review Panel decided to donate Shaken Baby Syndrome dolls to all of the school districts in St. Croix County.
The Somerset School District approved a tax levy for the 2017-2018 school year of $5,260,942, which is an increase of 3.37 percent from last year. The projected mill rate will be $9.49 per $1,000 value, which is down from $9.92 per $1,000 of property valuation from 2016-2017. District residents also heard the enrollment report, which showed a 28-student decrease in the district from 2016-2017. The previous two years (2014-2015 and 2016-2017) also saw decreases in the student population, but those decreases were three and five students respectively.
The St. Croix Central Board of Education heard a series of reports from administration staff during its Monday, Sept. 25 regular school board meeting and also approved a pair of readings of board policy.
A 25-year-old man was taken into custody Friday morning, Sept. 29, after New Richmond police responded to a call of a domestic disturbance involving a firearm in the 1600 block of Gunston Drive, according to a news release. The call came in around 8:35 a.m.
Following a closed session discussion of the matter at its Sept. 18 school board meeting, the New Richmond Board of Education authorized the initiation of litigation in an effort to recover costs associated with the repairs of the sprinkler system at the high school. District Administrator Patrick Olson said the following about the situation in an email response to the News:
With every new school year comes changes in every school district. In Somerset, the 2017-2018 school year marks the first year of the district's recently adopted five-year strategic plan.
On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Somerset Community Foundation will hold its second Rivers + Roads listening session at noon at the Somerset Senior Center. "There are two strategic planning processes that have been started in Somerset over the last year: one of those was the school and the other one is called Bridging Somerset," said Community Foundation member Kym Dunleap. "That is the town, the village and the chamber. The chamber actually initiated the planning process and brought in all of those groups, as well as the Community Foundation."