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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Thanks to a grant from the New Richmond Area Community Foundation, children’s author David LaRochelle was invited to speak to New Richmond kindergarten through third-grade students about writing and illustrating. LaRochelle was at Starr Elementary on Monday, May 12, talking to the students about writing, drawing and telling them about his many stories. LaRochelle also made appearances at Hillside and Paperjack elementaries. (Photo by Jordan Willi)
At its May 6 board work session meeting, the New Richmond School District Board of Education held elections for board officers and board appointments, in addition to approving the hiring of new Starr Elementary Principal Daniel McGuire. After the elections, the officers remained the same for all positions, with Rick Hinz staying on as board president, Paula Kolbeck being re-elected as vice president, Chris Skoglund being elected as school board clerk and Marty Wold remaining as the board’s treasurer.
On April 15, the New Richmond High School Forensics team was awarded the prestigious “Excellence in Speech Award” by the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association, which is given to the top 5 percent scoring schools competing at the state Speech Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It works out to be the top 18 schools get this award, but we don’t know who those schools are because they don’t break it out,” said Danette Tellijohn, who coaches the team along with Sarah Fastelin. “That is out of 351 schools in the state.
On Saturday, May 10, more than 575 LEGO lovers from around the area congregated at the New Richmond Community Commons to take part in the inaugural First National Community Bank LEGO Fun Fest, which was hosted by the St. Croix Valley LEGO League and New Richmond Community Education.
In May 2005, the inaugural Honor Flight Tour took place with six small planes transporting 12 World War II veterans on a visit to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Ever since the inaugural tour, more and more veterans have taken trips to the capital every year to see the memorial.
Over the past five years, newly hired Starr Elementary School Principal Daniel McGuire has enjoyed the challenges and experiences he had while being principal of Tomahawk Elementary School in Tomahawk. But when the opportunity to take a principal job closer to his family and friends in western Wisconsin arose, McGuire knew he couldn’t pass up the chance.
When it comes to national holidays, Loyalty Day is not one that many people would know. However, the New Richmond VFW Post 10818 and Ladies Auxiliary are looking to change that come May 1 when they will hold a series of events to familiarize the community with the holiday. “The important aspect this year is to educate people about Loyalty Day,” said Post 10818 Patriotic Instructor Wanda Viellieux. “It is not taught in schools, so unless you are familiar with it, you don’t know what it is supposed to mean.
Teaching has always been a passion for New Richmond native Jessica Stovall. So when she found out she had been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant, Stovall smiled so much over the following days that her cheeks hurt. “When I found out, I was actually grading research presentations on the Iranian War and Revolution as pre-reading for the graphic novel ‘Persepolis,’ when the ‘Congratulations’ e-mail popped up,” Stovall said.
Starr Elementary fourth-graders performed their spring music concert "Heroes All" for their families on Wednesday, April 30.
Hillside Elementary fifth-graders showed of their many talents during a talent show on Friday, May 2.