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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On Friday, April 4, students at Hillside Elementary met in the cafeteria to present their History and Literacy Fair projects to their fellow students, families and teachers. Kindergarten through fifth-grade students were able to participate in the fair. Students were allowed to choose a topic or find a book, read it and create a display. High school students judged the projects by asking the younger students about their themes. All the participants received a certificate and prize.
During its April 7 New Richmond School District Board of Education work session meeting, District Administrator Jeff Moberg informed the board that one of the two boilers that works to keep the Community Commons at a normal temperature recently went down. “What is different about this time is that the people that repair it are now refusing to come out and repair it,” Moberg said.
The New Richmond High School drama department put on two performances last weekend of Two One Acts: “The Lottery” with scenes from “The Crucible,” one on Friday night and the other on Saturday. “The kids did even better than when they performed at the middle school last week,” Drama Director Katelyn Peterson said.
For the third time since he started at Summit Brewing Co., New Richmond native Nate Siats will have one of his specialty brews featured by the company as part of its Unchained Series. “The first time I made my own creation it was an Imperial Pumpkin Porter. Then, my second one was a Belgian Style Abbey Ale, and this time I made a Fest Bier,” Siats said. “It is a clean, crisp beer that has a lot of flavor and is lighter with a slight caramel malt. It has a pronounced aftertaste that is bitter.”
In partnership with the New Richmond City Council, the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 10818 kicked off Arts Appreciation Month with its Young American Creative Patriotic Art Award scholarship contest. The annual event handed out prizes to local winners including first-place finisher Randi Hoyt (Baldwin-Woodville High School), second-place finisher Ali Nichols (New Richmond High School), and third-place finisher Jacob Singerhouse (New Richmond High School).
Fifth-grade students at Hillside Elementary performed "The Phantom of the Music Room" for their families with different classes taking on the performance throughout the week of March 26. Who is playing the piano in the school music room after dark? Several students and Deputy Barney set out to solve this musical mystery with surprising results.
Second-grade students at Starr Elementary performed the musical play BUGZ for their parents and friends Thursday, March 27, in the Starr gym.
On Friday, March 28, students at Starr Elementary met in the gym to present their History and Literacy Fair projects to their fellow students, families and teachers. Kindergarten through fifth-grade students were able to participate in the fair. They were allowed to choose a topic or find a book, read it, and create some type of display (diorama, tri-fold board, etc.). High school students judged the projects by walking around and asking youngsters about their them. All the reading and work was done at home.
Last year, the New Richmond High School Academic Decathlon team finished third at the state tournament, but it also lost all but three of its members to graduation. For the team to improve and get closer to a first-place finish it would need to rebuild and find new members dedicated to studying and competing.
Over the last few years, the New Richmond High School drama department has performed mostly happy and light plays or musical such as this winter’s "Irving Berlin’s White Christmas." And that was one of the main reasons Drama Director Katelyn Peterson decided to challenge her students with two much darker plays for their spring performance.