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 Renew Somerset Library Campaign still has limited space available for its Launch event on Thursday, March 22, from 6-8 p.m., at St. Croix National Golf and Event Center, where area businesses will be featuring “A Taste of Somerset.” According to Kay Walsh, hundreds of individuals have registered, but there is still room for a limited number.
St. Croix Central High School recently announced that it will have four Valedictorians for the Class of 2018, including Tyler Miller, Collin Nelson, Abigail Edelman and McKenna Johnson. Tyler Miller Miller will most likely attend the University of Minnesota next fall to major in biology, with the hopes of going into forensic pathology.
Although the Somerset High School Drama Department will once again have two casts for its upcoming performances of “Peter & Wendy,” the students feel like each cast’s chemistry has been the best they have seen. “I feel like this cast is a really good fit and I think this is the most solid I have felt about a play or musical while I’ve been at school,” said senior Blaine Cavett, who plays Peter Pan in cast B. “They work really hard and they all have put in a lot of effort into it.”
For Somerset High School Class of 2018 Valedictorian Vienna Branom and Salutatorian Anna Rybacki, art has been a passion since they were young children. And now that the pair is set to graduate, each has chosen to pursue a career that will allow them to continue to stretch their artistic muscles.
A snapped Xcel Energy line caused residents in New Richmond to experience power outages on the morning of Saturday, March 10, according to City Administrator/Utility Manager Mike Darrow. “It looks like the outages started around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. When we investigated the outages that were being reported, we found that they were coming from the area of Paperjack and 140th. It was a distribution issue that was causing the eastern part of the city to have power issues, as well as some of western New Richmond,” Darrow said.
After Saturday, March 17, New Richmond native John Ball, Sr. can add one more honor to his list of accomplishments and recognitions in his 94 years: New Richmond St. Patrick's Day parade grand marshal. "I'm happy to do it and I'm glad when MaryBeth asked me. I hope I can do justice to it because I knew everyone in her family. There are a lot of good Irishmen around here and they have had some good people at grand marshal in the past," Ball said.
When five New Richmond Middle School students heard they would take part in the Fuel Up! Innovation Challenge on Super Bowl Saturday in the Twin Cities, they had no idea what to expect. "It is through AdVenture Capital, which is a youth entrepreneurship organization, so they partnered with Fuel Up," said physical education teacher Karen Stellrecht. "We started our Fuel Up to Play 60 program at the middle school just last year. We were one of only four Wisconsin schools that were invited to go. I think there were only 15-20 schools at the event."
For the last 27 years, Scott Erickson and his wife Julie, who died last summer, have owned Bass Lake Cheese Factory- on Valley View Trail in Somerset. However, Ericksons is only one of several people and companies who have owned the century-old business.
Four years ago, New Richmond native Danni Juhl was just finishing up her high school career and getting ready to head off to New York City to study film and television production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Now, Juhl is in the process of producing her thesis short film, "By Grace," which she hopes will be a success and possibly make the rounds at film festivals across the country.
The St. Croix Central High School drama department's production of "Oliver" will be full of firsts for both the cast, the director and the school. "It has been great to have the new auditorium, since this is our first time getting to be in it for a drama production. The play we did last year was on a stage in the commons and the stage caused me to break my foot, so I'm really glad we have the auditorium. We've been able to use the big stage, the curtains and the spotlights, which has been great," said sophomore Emma Knospe, who plays Mrs. Sowerberry, the mortician's wife.