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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On Saturday, May 10, more than 575 LEGO lovers from around the area congregated at the New Richmond Community Commons to take part in the inaugural First National Community Bank LEGO Fun Fest, which was hosted by the St. Croix Valley LEGO League and New Richmond Community Education.
In May 2005, the inaugural Honor Flight Tour took place with six small planes transporting 12 World War II veterans on a visit to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Ever since the inaugural tour, more and more veterans have taken trips to the capital every year to see the memorial.
Over the past five years, newly hired Starr Elementary School Principal Daniel McGuire has enjoyed the challenges and experiences he had while being principal of Tomahawk Elementary School in Tomahawk. But when the opportunity to take a principal job closer to his family and friends in western Wisconsin arose, McGuire knew he couldn’t pass up the chance.
When it comes to national holidays, Loyalty Day is not one that many people would know. However, the New Richmond VFW Post 10818 and Ladies Auxiliary are looking to change that come May 1 when they will hold a series of events to familiarize the community with the holiday. “The important aspect this year is to educate people about Loyalty Day,” said Post 10818 Patriotic Instructor Wanda Viellieux. “It is not taught in schools, so unless you are familiar with it, you don’t know what it is supposed to mean.
Teaching has always been a passion for New Richmond native Jessica Stovall. So when she found out she had been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant, Stovall smiled so much over the following days that her cheeks hurt. “When I found out, I was actually grading research presentations on the Iranian War and Revolution as pre-reading for the graphic novel ‘Persepolis,’ when the ‘Congratulations’ e-mail popped up,” Stovall said.
Starr Elementary fourth-graders performed their spring music concert "Heroes All" for their families on Wednesday, April 30.
Hillside Elementary fifth-graders showed of their many talents during a talent show on Friday, May 2.
Every year, hundreds of veterans get the chance to travel to Washington D.C. to see their respective war memorials as part of the Honor Flight Tours that started in May 2005. This year, New Richmond native Gordon Mommsen and resident Harry Olenburg, who both served in World War II, flew out of the Twins Cities on Saturday, April 26. While the veterans are flying to the nation’s capital, mail call is announced and letters written by students, friends, family and other community members are handed to the veterans for them to open and read.
Members of the New Richmond VFW Post 10818 and American Legion Post 80 celebrated Loyalty Day on May 1 with a variety of events, including a ceremonial flag burning at Mary Park as well as a Flag Program at Paperjack Elementary on May 2.
The New Richmond School District School Board unanimously approved the hire of Daniel McGuire as the new Starr Elementary principal at its May 6 work session. "Dan by far and away ranked No. 1 in both sets of interviews," said New Richmond District Administrator Jeff Morberg. "He came through a really lengthy and solid process that had a lot of different thoughts, eyes and ears on it.