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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Every year, hundreds of veterans get the chance to travel to Washington D.C. to see their respective war memorials as part of the Honor Flight Tours that started in May 2005. This year, New Richmond native Gordon Mommsen and resident Harry Olenburg, who both served in World War II, flew out of the Twins Cities on Saturday, April 26. While the veterans are flying to the nation’s capital, mail call is announced and letters written by students, friends, family and other community members are handed to the veterans for them to open and read.
Members of the New Richmond VFW Post 10818 and American Legion Post 80 celebrated Loyalty Day on May 1 with a variety of events, including a ceremonial flag burning at Mary Park as well as a Flag Program at Paperjack Elementary on May 2.
The New Richmond School District School Board unanimously approved the hire of Daniel McGuire as the new Starr Elementary principal at its May 6 work session. "Dan by far and away ranked No. 1 in both sets of interviews," said New Richmond District Administrator Jeff Morberg. "He came through a really lengthy and solid process that had a lot of different thoughts, eyes and ears on it.
New Richmond Middle School held a Model United Nations conference Friday, April 25. More than 50 students from the New Richmond and Hudson middle schools representing 25 countries gathered to develop resolutions to solve the problem of disabilities in countries of poverty. “The kids get a lot out of the problem-solving they have to do and the speaking they have to do as well,” said NRMS middle school seventh- grade teacher Ryan Stowers.
Hillside Elementary students from the second-grade classes took performed "Goin' Buggy" for their parents, family and friends, on Wednesday, April 25.
New Richmond High School students Shane Blackman and Mattie Kidder were named King and Queen of the "Moonlight Over Paris" Prom in front of a packed auditorium on Saturday, April 26, at the high school. After the Grand March, students cruised the St. Croix River on <I>The Avalon<I> late into the night.
Being a volunteer has always been something Julie Walsh has enjoyed, especially when she gets to work with the staff at the Deerfield in New Richmond. Even so, Walsh was more than a little surprised to hear her name announced as the first-ever Deerfield Volunteer of the Year at the annual volunteer banquet on Thursday, April 24. “I’m surprised and really overwhelmed,” Walsh said. “When she was reading the list of things that I had done I was like, ‘I didn’t do all of that.’ I was honored that I was selected to be the first Deerfield Volunteer of the Year.
On any given school day, New Richmond High School food service employees, such as cook Dana Johnson, will be at school well before any of the students even get up in the morning. Despite the early wakeup call, and the long hours on her feet, Johnson, 32, couldn’t be happier with her job. “I couldn’t ask for a better job,” said Johnson, who has been working at the high school for three years. “The hours are perfect for raising a family. I started out as a sub when I was hired and worked with the fruit every day.
At the end of last year, a civil war broke out in the South Sudan, forcing millions of people to flee the country and become refugees in neighboring countries such as Uganda. Since then husband and wife Carl and Julie Gaede, who are trained trauma counselors, and their family have been doing what they can through their nonprofit organization Tutapona to help the newly displaced refugees of the South Sudan and other refugees throughout Uganda. “Since we were here last, there was civil war of sorts started in South Sudan so refugees started flooding out of South Sudan f
New Richmond High School students Shane Blackman and Mattie Kidder were named King and Queen of the "Moonlight Over Paris" Prom in front of a packed auditorium on Saturday, April 26, at the high school. The festivities kicked off with the Grand March in the early afternoon where the students were introduced to a large audience of friends, parents and family. After the Grand March, students were scheduled to cruise the St. Croix River on <I>The Avalon<I> late into the night. See next week's New Richmond News for more photos from prom.