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 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.
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.
After being gone for several years, St. Croix Central Middle School is bringing back a staff and student favorite event: the student talent show.
St. Croix Central High School students will be among students across the country who will walk out of school on Wednesday, March 14, in support of the 17 slain Florida high school students and to draw attention to the need for change that will better safeguard their schools. "This is not a political event. This is about the safety of all our schools and the latest 17 victims," said SCC HS principal Kurt Soderberg. "It is an individual choice to participate or not participate. We support their right to gather peacefully."
Normally, when you enter New Richmond High School agriscience teacher Rachel Sauvola's classroom, you might see any number of mammals big and small, as well as fish and vegetables growing under heat lamps. Now, thanks to the efforts of senior Eric Langer, you'll see something a little more exotic. "I came into Mrs. Sauvola's classroom in August before school had started and explained how I wanted to be a marine biologist when I grew up and how I wanted to do something with sharks," Langer said.
New Richmond Middle School student Dave Domingo took second place at the Regional Spelling Bee Wednesday, Feb. 21, at CESA in Turtle Lake. Both of Domingo's parents were present to cheer him on. According to Domingo's mother, Gina, after 12 rounds, the competition was down to Domingo and the eventual winner. Domingo competed with the other student for another three rounds and took second place after spelling "imperative" incorrectly in the 15th round.
For Al's & Co. salon owner and stylist Allie Orr, owning her own salon was a dream she had since she graduated from beauty school 10 years ago.
Over the next month or two, Deerfield Senior Living will push its number of residents who have hit the century mark — who are all women — up to seven. "I think that 100 percent of these women never smoked and they didn't over drink much. What is exciting about this is that a lot these women started at the Deerfield when we opened and have been living well," said Deerfield Housing Director Jackie Waalen. "I've known many of these people for many, many years."
The New Richmond Board of Education denied a request to change the district's boundaries and also approved a pair of changes to the school calendar at its Monday, Feb. 19 regular board meeting. The boundary change request came from Ryan Polcin and David Ross, who own property in the New Richmond School District. They submitted a petition to detach properties (760 150th Ave. and 758 150th Ave.) from the New Richmond School District and attach to the Somerset School District.
The New Richmond High School auditorium will play host to motivational speaker Chris Sandy on Monday, March 5, in the hopes of sending a message to local youth about making good choices. "I think what makes him unique is that ... he has this real, authentic story to tell about what happened to him," said NRHS science teacher and S.A.F.E. Youth advisor Deb Swanson. "He is a very dynamic speaker and I think he will be able to create a connection with our kids. I think he will be well received by this age group."