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 Salvation Army of St. Croix County set a goal of raising $113,000 for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign, and with a final total of $113,043.81, the goal was met and surpassed thanks to the help of the many volunteers and contributors. “It feels great to know that we were able to reach our goal this year,” said Duana Bremer, Salvation Army Social Services Director for St. Croix County.
Even though there are many people who might not like going to the dentist, there are also many people, especially children, who do not regularly get the chance to have their teeth examined, cleaned or repaired. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, New Richmond Dental will participate in the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Program.
Once again, the Old Gem Theater is closing the first month of the new year with a classic folktale from its repertoire. This year, the theater is presenting the audience participation musical Three Billy Goats Gruff. “We’ve actually done a version of Billy Goats Gruff two other times and it has always been really popular,” said Kathy Welch, the Old Gem Theater’s artistic director. “It is one of those shows, in this slot, that we like to do since it is geared towards younger kids because it is audience participation.”
For the second year in a row, the New Richmond High School received a special guest to help Rachel Sauvola’s Large Animal Science class learn more about how to raise, take care of and study a large animal.
After being away from advising the Tiger Rag school newspaper for a few years, New Richmond High School English teacher Jeffrey Ayer came back to the group this year to teach the journalism course that puts together the multi-issue paper. “Principal Wissink said that he wanted me to put the paper back on the map again at the school,” said Ayer, who started teaching, both English and the journalism course, at the high school in 2000. “This class was coupled with the yearbook class last year and that is just too much for one class.
Despite the frigid temperatures at the Packers-49ers game on Jan. 5, at Lambeau Field, a large crowd still showed up to cheer on the Dweebs as they performed in the Tundra Tailgate Zone. “It was an honor to work with The Green Bay Packer Organization in hosting a Playoff Game at Legendary Lambeau Field,” said Dweebs band member Trevor Radtke. “The Dweebs band members are all huge Packer fans and have attended many games over the years.
Even though the name of the weightloss competition has changed, from Lose in Eight to Lose to Win, the challenge itself remains the same. “This is the third year we have done this event, but now that we are no longer partnered with HealthPartners for the competition, we needed to change the name,” said Kristen Wilcox, Marketing and Events Manager at JA Counter.
Since it’s inception five years ago, Messes and Masterpieces’ Fire & Ice Celebration has become a local favorite, with more and more people making it out to the one-day event every year in early February. For its fifth year, founder/director Christine Melby wanted to expand the reach of the event and bring more activities to the celebration to honor the community that has helped make the annual event the success it is.
Since the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction created the original Youth Options program in 1991, students across the state have been able to take college classes for courses their schools didn’t or couldn’t offer.
With the second semester at New Richmond High School getting underway, the students and faculty have less than a semester to beat the Great Tiger Reading Challenge by reading more than the 3,885 books the school read throughout last year.