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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At the start of this school year, New Richmond High School counselor Shannon Bartlett was approached by a small group of students who expressed a desire to put together a club or group that helped create positive peer connections and to create a safe, accepting and open environment for anyone who wanted to join. That is how the LOTUS group was formed at the high school.
The Friday Memorial Library hosted a holiday celebration Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the library which featured a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as reindeer.
Residents at the Deerfield in New Richmond came together Tuesday, Dec. 10, to celebrate the holidays with one another.
After his father’s death in November, Eric Nelson, 40-year-old son of Citizen of the Year award winner Stuart Nelson, felt like doing something in his memory while also helping to raise money for one of his dad’s biggest passions.
The Community Commons Committee met on Wednesday, Dec. 11, for its second meeting of the year and went over many subjects including the old and new options for the future of parts of the Community Commons building. “I thought our first meeting was really positive and really productive, and I felt really good about the discussions that were taking place,” New Richmond School District Superintendent Jeff Moberg said. “I think overall it was a healthy and positive step.”
For the second year in a row, the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce held its Windows of Christmas event with Champs Sports Bar & Grill, Perfect Reflection and the Lancer Group Properties taking home the top awards.
First-graders at Hillside Elementary celebrated the holidays with a special program called the "Holiday ABCs Christmas Program" on Thursday, Dec. 5.
The Kiwanis Club’s goal for its annual Christmas Lighting Contest is to encourage members of the community to decorate their homes and help show off New Richmond in all its glory during the holiday season. “It is a really fun event and it is something we want to do to encourage people to get out of their houses and see the city,” Kiwanis Club President Erin Eneboe said. “This is the third year that I’ve been a part of Kiwanis and the number of houses we have seen with lights on them has gone up.”
The New Richmond High School put on three performances of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas from Dec. 6-8, with more than 40 students taking part in the show including Eric Dyrud-Estrada as Bob Wallace, Stalyon Blackmon as Phil Davis, Allyson Halonen as Betty Haynes and Audrey Dekock as Judy Haynes. The students were under the direction of Jodi Mealey as choreographer, Matthew Mealey as instrumental director, Katelyn Peterson as drama director and Andrew Shcroetter as music director.
Children and parents alike enjoyed a visit with Santa and a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Doyle's Farm & Home in New Richmond. Children could have their photos taken with Santa and decorate their own ornaments to take home with them. They could also pick up a free book to take home.