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 resident Allisa Hare has been a pet groomer for the last 18 years and has owned a grooming business in New Brighton, Minn., for the last 13 years. However, she has had a dream of working with animals closer to home, which is why she opened the Paw Spa Groomery at her home on Fox Way.
After months of planning and discussion, the New Richmond Board of Education approved the final old middle school purchase agreement between the City of New Richmond and the school district at its Aug. 21 regular meeting.
Pastor Jason Taylor, who has been a pastor in Wheeler for the last nine years, started preaching at Solid Rock Fellowship in New Richmond Aug. 6. "I became a Christian at 10 when I was at camp. That was where I found that I had a desire to teach the Bible," Taylor said. "I went to college at UW-Stout for construction management, which is where I got involved with the Calvary Chapel. They went through the Bible verse by verse and that was how I decided I wanted to teach the Bible."
The John Doar History Trail will open with the reveal of the interpretive panels along the trail, on Saturday, Aug. 26 following the grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m. "I want to say how grateful we are for all the people of New Richmond did for our family and for Dad. We are very lucky to be from New Richmond," said Robert Doar. "Dad was very loyal to New Richmond and much of what made him good came from New Richmond. The trail tells a story and people who walk it will come away with a better understanding of our history. That's a good thing."
The New Richmond Heritage Center has found its new executive director and they couldn't be happier with the choice. "Stephanie (Cooke) is a great fit for the Heritage Center," said Paul Mayer, president of the Heritage Center Board of Directors. "A long-time resident of New Richmond with many years' experience at the Chamber of Commerce, Stephanie will be a critical link between the Heritage Board, our volunteers and our community."
Almost as soon as he and his family came to New Richmond for the interview for lead pastor at Faith Community Church, Josh Maciel knew he was in a special place that he wouldn't mind calling home.
The Hammond Heartland Days committee selected Julie Boumeester to honor her late husband, Ron Boumeester, by being the 2017 Heartland Days grand marshal and ride in the Sunday, Aug. 13 parade, which starts at 12:30 p.m. "Ron was a great part of the Hammond community. He was always willing to lend a hand; whether it was spraying weeds for someone or trimming their trees, he rarely said no," said Heartland Days Committee representative Linda Hawkins.
Being the son of a teacher and para educator, newly hired Starr Elementary Principal Nicholas Hall's path toward becoming a teacher was almost a given. "The relationships that I witnessed and was able to be a part of through my parents made teaching an obvious choice for me," Hall said. "Education is a great avenue to change lives and give people opportunities that wouldn't be possible without a solid educational foundation."
This year's Hammond Heartland Days will start on Thursday, Aug. 10, and continue through Sunday, Aug. 13. The festival will include the annual grand parade, the Miss Hammond Royalty Pageant, the Community Appreciation Dinner and the 30th annual car show.
There have been many stories and articles written about how an individual had a passion ever since they were a little kid and how they were finally able to reach that goal years later. However, Mei Mei's Cookies & Creamery (pronounced Mimi) owner Melissa Abdouch came to find her passion for baked goods, specifically cookies, through a more roundabout way than most.