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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For the third time since he started at Summit Brewing Co., New Richmond native Nate Siats will have one of his specialty brews featured by the company as part of its Unchained Series. “The first time I made my own creation it was an Imperial Pumpkin Porter. Then, my second one was a Belgian Style Abbey Ale, and this time I made a Fest Bier,” Siats said. “It is a clean, crisp beer that has a lot of flavor and is lighter with a slight caramel malt. It has a pronounced aftertaste that is bitter.”
In partnership with the New Richmond City Council, the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 10818 kicked off Arts Appreciation Month with its Young American Creative Patriotic Art Award scholarship contest. The annual event handed out prizes to local winners including first-place finisher Randi Hoyt (Baldwin-Woodville High School), second-place finisher Ali Nichols (New Richmond High School), and third-place finisher Jacob Singerhouse (New Richmond High School).
Fifth-grade students at Hillside Elementary performed "The Phantom of the Music Room" for their families with different classes taking on the performance throughout the week of March 26. Who is playing the piano in the school music room after dark? Several students and Deputy Barney set out to solve this musical mystery with surprising results.
Second-grade students at Starr Elementary performed the musical play BUGZ for their parents and friends Thursday, March 27, in the Starr gym.
On Friday, March 28, students at Starr Elementary met in the gym to present their History and Literacy Fair projects to their fellow students, families and teachers. Kindergarten through fifth-grade students were able to participate in the fair. They were allowed to choose a topic or find a book, read it, and create some type of display (diorama, tri-fold board, etc.). High school students judged the projects by walking around and asking youngsters about their them. All the reading and work was done at home.
Last year, the New Richmond High School Academic Decathlon team finished third at the state tournament, but it also lost all but three of its members to graduation. For the team to improve and get closer to a first-place finish it would need to rebuild and find new members dedicated to studying and competing.
Over the last few years, the New Richmond High School drama department has performed mostly happy and light plays or musical such as this winter’s "Irving Berlin’s White Christmas." And that was one of the main reasons Drama Director Katelyn Peterson decided to challenge her students with two much darker plays for their spring performance.
On Thursday, March 20, students and teachers from the New Richmond High School gave a tour and listened to a presentation from representatives from Bosch’s New Richmond facility. The tour was meant to show Bosch representatives how the students will use the funds the company awarded them through the Bosch Community Fund (BCF), on Feb. 24, which will go toward four projects to allow students to apply their learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in hands-on, experiential settings.
At its Feb. 10 meeting, the New Richmond City Council voted to proclaim April as “City of New Richmond Art Month.” At the meeting, Five Loaves Food Shelf & Fundraising Coordinator Tia Bismonte read a list of local events relating to the arts that are happening in April. According to Bismonte, Art Month would never have gotten off the ground without the help and support of VFW Ladies Auxiliary president Mary Simonds.
After a short presentation and overview of what the Gap Fund program does and how it is funded, the New Richmond Area Community Foundation presented the program a check for $4663.57. The Gap Fund program was established in 2008 when the District School Nurse identified the “gap” in funds available for those “extra” essential items needed for a student to be successful in the school setting.