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 streets were packed with people for the 2017 St. Patrick's Day parade held in New Richmond on Friday, March 17, despite the low temps, stiff breeze and cloud filled skies. See the March 23 edition of the News for more photos from the event, or visit newrichmond-news.com later next week to see a full gallery of photos from the parade.
The annual New Richmond St. Patrick’s Day will start at 4 p.m. Friday, March 17, with the Donahue family leading the way as the 2017 grand marshals of the parade. The parade will start at the Shamrock Club/McCabe’s, with lineup starting at 3 p.m. “The fact we will all get together for St. Patrick’s Day for the first time in many years,” said son Brian Donahue. “We all have years to get there, but this year we will all be able to make it and march together. That will be awesome to bring the whole family together, especially with us being grand marshals.”
St. Croix Central The St. Croix Central School District recently announced that the Class of 2017 will have co-valedictorians this year in Owen Schwechler and Katheryn Holter. "It was more of a surprise to me that I was named co-valedictorian, because my guidance counselor originally told me I would be salutatorian because of my ACT score, so I was more surprised than anything else," Holter said. "I was really excited and felt pride for being named valedictorian."
St. Croix Central St. Croix Central Elementary recognized its SCC CARES Students of the Month during an assembly Friday, March 3, in the school's gym. Students were recognized for showing empathy during the month of February.
A large group of Somerset Middle School students took time out of their day Friday, March 3, to participate in the annual Linus Project event to create blankets that will be donated to local hospitals and shelters. The students were split into two groups, with one group working on blankets for two hours in the morning and the other working for two hours in the afternoon. The school also held a blanket parade to show off the students’ work and then give them to representatives from the local hospitals and shelters.
Somerset High School Follow that rabbit to a delightful, entertaining world of childhood fantasies when the Somerset High School drama department brings the literary classic Alice in Wonderland to the stage from March 17-19.
New Richmond FFA After finding out that the New Richmond FFA Dairy Judging Team took first place at the World Dairy Expo in October, the team also learned that they were invited to take part in the International Dairy Judging Tour, which includes stops in Scotland, Belgium, England and Germany. In order to raise the $30,000 the team needs to attend the judging tour, team adviser and NRHS agriscience teacher Rachel Sauvola has been looking for different ways to raise the money. Her latest idea is to hold a Farm to Table luncheon featuring locally grown and sourced products.
New Richmond The Donahue family, lead by Patrick and Helen Donahue, has been attending the St. Patrick's Day parade in New Richmond for as long as any of the children can remember. "We've been part of the parade since we were very young," said matriarch Helen. "We've been coming up since we started living on the farm, which was right after we were married, and that has almost been 64 years."
St. Croix County The St. Croix County Farmers Union recently announced that they will be granting two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are enrolled in an accredited college, university, or technical college. All majors will be considered. The applicant and/or his or her parent(s) must be current members of St. Croix County Farmers Union.
WITC WITC Ag Mechanic students traveled to Madison this week to compete against the state's other ag mechanic programs (total of five colleges and 21 teams) at PAS' (Postsecondary Agriculture Students, a national organization) annual event. WITC scored big with first place and second place in team competition, and first and third in individual competition.