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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A 25-year-old man was taken into custody Friday morning, Sept. 29, after New Richmond police responded to a call of a domestic disturbance involving a firearm in the 1600 block of Gunston Drive, according to a news release. The call came in around 8:35 a.m.
Following a closed session discussion of the matter at its Sept. 18 school board meeting, the New Richmond Board of Education authorized the initiation of litigation in an effort to recover costs associated with the repairs of the sprinkler system at the high school. District Administrator Patrick Olson said the following about the situation in an email response to the News:
With every new school year comes changes in every school district. In Somerset, the 2017-2018 school year marks the first year of the district's recently adopted five-year strategic plan.
On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Somerset Community Foundation will hold its second Rivers + Roads listening session at noon at the Somerset Senior Center. "There are two strategic planning processes that have been started in Somerset over the last year: one of those was the school and the other one is called Bridging Somerset," said Community Foundation member Kym Dunleap. "That is the town, the village and the chamber. The chamber actually initiated the planning process and brought in all of those groups, as well as the Community Foundation."
The Somerset School District will welcome more than nine new staff members to its roster for the 2017-18 school year. St. Anne's will also add two new staff members, while one staff member will be taking on a new role this school year. To help you identify the new faces out and about in the community, the following are brief profiles and photographs of each new Somerset and St. Anne staff members. Keaton Anderson Age: 24 Family: Fiancée, Rachel McConnon; mother, Melissa Anderson; father, Todd Anderson; sister, Morgan Anderson
For the first time since the 1870s, a business other than the Hammond Hotel is open at the main intersection of highways 12 and T in the Village of Hammond. Cheap Andy's Saloon, a bar and restaurant, held its grand opening event on Saturday, Sept. 9, after holding a soft opening earlier in the week. Although the old structure might have been demolished in April, Cheap Andy's owner Andrew Schmitz made a point to incorporate as much of the old building into the new restaurant as possible.
The New Richmond School District voted to set the 2017-2018 tax levy at $15,545,247 — an increase of 4.6 percent from last year — at its annual meeting on Monday, Sept. 18 at the high school. According to Director of Fiscal and Building Operations Brian Johnston, the district's mill rate will see a decrease of .426 from last year, which put the 2017-2018 mill rate at 10.59. With the mill rate drop, taxes on a property valued at $100,000 will decrease by $43.
The Davis Street railroad crossing in Hammond will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 27, and Thursday, Sept. 28 — and possibly Friday, Sept. 29 — while Union Pacific Railroad replaces rails along the route. The official detour will be County Road J to Hwy 63 to Hwy 12. The village first found out about the closure, and the detour, on Thursday, Sept. 21, according Village Clerk Sandi Haze. Union Pacific contracted with St. Croix County on the project.
The 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's New Richmond kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, and this year's honorary chairs are the seven siblings of the Mondloch family. Their mother, Arlene, had vascular dementia and lived at the Deerfield for the last four years until she died March 1, 2017.
The third annual Apple Splash Festival will not only include the annual 5K run, bingo, music and food, but it will also be the first year of the festival's chalk art experience and competition, as well as a car show and a makers market.