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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Last season, the New Richmond High School Science Olympiad team finished 15th overall at the state competition. This season, the team moved up four spots to finish 11th overall out of 50 teams at the state competition at UW-Stout in Menomonie on Saturday, April 5. “This year we did much better as a team and medaled in seven events out of 23 total events,” said Science Olympiad coach Brenda Ramin. When New Richmond made it to the state meet for the first time two years ago, they had a very small team of students who competed.
On Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, New Richmond Middle School drama students performed “Sleeping Beauty” by Stacey Lane for their parents and classmates. “The tradition is that we usually do fairy tales just because so many of our audience members know them and this one just seemed fun,” said director and eighth-grade teacher Damian Freyre.
When SAM’s Corner Bar & Grill co-owner Mike Moore was diagnosed with blastomycosis on March 15, his wife Sarah wasn’t sure what she would do about the restaurant. Not only was Mike sick, but she was pregnant with his second child. Many people throughout the New Richmond community and beyond have been doing what they can to help out the Moore family, everything from giving money to the family’s YouCaring.com site to donating items to the fundraiser for the Moore family to be held on May 9, at Ready Randy’s in New Richmond.
Throughout April, Messes and Masterpieces will put up a wide variety of art pieces throughout the New Richmond community to celebrate Art Month in New Richmond.
A crowd of close to 800 people passed through the Community Commons and consumed approximately 50 gallons of soup during the seventh annual Empty Bowls event, which was held at the Commons on Thursday, April 10. “Everyone was really excited to see so many people turn out for the event this year,” said Cheryl Emerson, director of Community Education for the New Richmond School District. “There was a great showing of community support, and I think people liked seeing that.
From April 10 to June 10, members of the New Richmond community who purchase a punch card will get the chance to taste a specialty burgers from six New Richmond-area restaurants and vote to decide which one has the best burger in town. And to make things even better, all the proceeds from the competition will go to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of New Richmond.
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.”