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 rally cry for the 2017 Relay For Life of New Richmond has a noted ring to it: "When You Wish Upon A CURE!" The familiar saying is adopted by this year's Relay For Life of New Richmond to encourage community members to dream big like princesses do. The event will raise money to defeat cancer, support area cancer survivors and remember loved ones who fought a courageous battle. The event is set for 2 p.m. Friday, June 9 through 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, with a DJ, kids games, adult activities, silent auction, food and more. Everyone is welcome to attend.
On Wednesday, May 17, Starr Elementary students cheered loudly as a line of New Richmond police vehicles — with their lights flashing — circled the school's roundabout before stopping to collect a pile of signs and letters thanking the officers for their service to the community of New Richmond.
This year's Somerset Pea Soup Days festival will run June 8-11; highlights include the annual parade scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 10 and fireworks set for dusk Friday, June 9. "Friday night is kind of the big night because that is the night we do fireworks and the night the ball tournament starts, which is a big deal," said Pea Soup Days committee member David Bracht. "We also have bands both nights as well." One addition this year is Bingo under the music tent on Saturday afternoon.
Residents of Pintail Drive in Hammond were surprised to find their street suddenly flooded with 6-8 inches of rain as it flowed rapidly from east to west around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. "The first thoughts I had when I saw the water rushing down the street was, 'Oh no! I hope it doesn't get into our houses. What a mess!'" said Pintail Drive resident Michelle Tahtinen. " The flooding was 6-8 inches over the street. It was moving at a good clip to the pond and it took everything in its path, including garbage, toys, garbage cans, balls, etc."
The Pea Soup Days medallion was found on Wednesday, May 31, according to Pea Soup Days committee member David Bracht. The names of the winners have not been announced, but they will take home $250 for finding the medallion, which will be awarded on June 10 at 8 p.m. at the band stand. The $250 was donated by the Somerset Lions.
The Park Art Fair got its start 50 years ago in Star Prairie, and according to Jill Van Gelder — who grew up in New Richmond and attended the inaugural event — the art fair went by a different name before it moved to New Richmond and was renamed the Park Art Fair
Good Neighbor Days in Roberts will kick off the summer festival schedule on Thursday, June 1, with its annual Community Appreciation Dinner and finish up with the annual demolition derby on Sunday, June 4.
For most students, their post high school life doesn't start until their caps hit the floor following their graduation ceremony. For New Richmond High School Class of 2017 graduate Chase Viebrock, his post college career started last year when he was approached by one of the managers of Hudson's Neo Electric about an apprenticeship in electrical wiring. "He asked me if I wanted to do an apprenticeship with them and I told him that I had never wired anything in my life," Viebrock said. "But he said that was fine as long as I showed up every day and didn't get into trouble."
After purchasing Barb's Hairtique II from Barb Kramer in 1998, Carrie Hubmer has run the salon at 127 W. Second St. for almost 20 years. However, when Kramer sold the building on Second Street, Hubmer was forced to find a new location for her shop. "So last November I put a plan in place just in case the building sold, which it did," Hubmer said. "So with the move to a new location, I decided to change the name because it still had Barb's name on there."
For the last two years, business teacher Nic Haug and family & consumer science teacher Courtney Hawkins have worked with other teachers at St. Croix Central High School on a food truck project. "The first and second years of this project are comparable. Production wise, I think we have had a slightly better end product in regards to the business plan this year. But last year — because it was our first year — there was a lot more fascination with the project from the student body, so they wanted to try everything," Haug said.