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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New Richmond High School 2017 graduate Isaac Karpenske's path to the ministry could not be clearer than it is right now. God has been with him since he was little, through the good times and the bad, so it just makes sense that he would end up going into the ministry and want to be there for others as God has been there for him. But it was not until the last year or so that Karpenske realized that becoming a pastor was what he was meant to do.
In just three short years, Starr Elementary principal Dan McGuire has created a strong bond with his students, staff and the families of Starr. "I am very privileged to have worked with the students and families of Starr Elementary," McGuire said. "The Starr staff is an amazing group of professionals to work with and truly care for the students who walk through our doors every morning. I am a better educator for the time I have spent with them. Without such wonderful students, staff, and families, Starr Elementary would not be the great school it is today."
In their first year of entering the Whipping Up Wellness Student Chef Culinary Competition, the St. Croix Central High School culinary team brought home first place with their stuffed pepper with a tomatillo sauce. The culinary team, which is made up of four seniors from Courtney Hawkins' Advanced Foods course, consists of Noah Carlson, Raini Denny-Broker, Luke Jensen and Nick Jones. The team had to create an original recipe using the guidelines set by the Department of Public Instruction Nutrition Program.
Starting on June 9, the Friday Memorial Library will host a new, unconventional book club twice a month for two different age groups. The group is called Chat & Chew and will be held at the library over lunch.
The last year or so haven't been easy for River Falls High School junior Mariah Kittleson and her family. The Kittlesons were homeless for about a year and are just getting settled into their new home and school district. But all the hard times make the good even better, especially when Kittleson found out she had been nominated by her school counselors to be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Mass., June 25-27.
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.