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 School District held its annual meeting July 24, where the citizens of the district approved a tax levy of $6,723,309 and a 0.01129413 mill rate. The tax levy saw a decrease of 0.41 percent from last year, while the mill rate dropped from 0.01156790 last year.
St. Croix County Sheriff’s Investigator Dean Fayerweather has been with the sheriff’s office for 21 years and a cop for 23. Almost since the beginning of his time as a police officer, Fayerweather has wanted to connect with the local communities he served and help the area children who are in need.
Communities all over the country will be out in force on Tuesday, Aug. 1, to celebrate National Night Out. Locally, the New Richmond and Hammond Police Departments will each host their own events on Tuesday, which will include the chance to meet with local police, fire and EMS workers as well as food, music, games and much more.
According to New Richmond Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst, the garage fire — which started at 9:15 a.m. Friday, July 14, at 1209 W. Ninth St. — was unintentional/accidental, but the department is still unsure what exactly started the fire. “There was no interior damage or any structural damage. The fire destroyed some of the Christmas decorations that the family had in the garage and they also lost some of the facade and vinyl on the front of the house,” VanderWyst said.
The 2017 St. Croix County Fairest of the Fair is Kaitlin Konder of Glenwood City. She was crowned as the Fairest during a ceremony on Thursday, July 20, at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds, along with the Junior Fairest of the Fair. For more photos and information on the Fairest of the Fair ceremony, the junior Fairest of the Fair and the newly created Fairest of the Fair Attendant, see the future editions of the New Richmond News.
When recent retirees Greg and JoAnn Parks first thought about selling their blue ceramic seated spaniel, the couple thought that they might be able to get a few hundred dollars for it. However, after taking the spaniel to an antique shop — and being offered just $50 for the item — the couple decided to get it appraised.
Starting Monday, July 24, the St. Croix Central School District will take over housekeeping duties from Marsden Services. "It all started with staff shortage, when Marsden couldn't fill all of their positions..." said Superintendent Tim Widiker. "So school officials and the Marsden officials sat down and started brainstorming ways to attract and market the job to more people to the positions. After that, the jobs still weren't filling up, no matter what we did. We've been at least two staff short for almost the entire year and making do with what we had."
New Richmond native and 2013 NRHS grad Amanda Anez recently made it her personal mission to make the most positive impact she can on the world in the time she has on Earth.
Countryside Plumbing & Heating will once again team with Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems to honor a person in the New Richmond community and surrounding area that does "whatever it takes" to make a difference through the Bryant Community Heroes program.
After the success of last year's New Richmond Fun Fest, New Richmond Area Chamber Director Rob Kreibich expects this year's lineup to be even better. "Last year was the best year we have had in probably a decade. We had struggled on Saturday nights, but we did really well that night last year," Kreibich said. "The only thing that will make a big difference in attendance this year is probably the weather. But we will have a huge tent this year to make sure things can keep going on even if the weather isn't the greatest."