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 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.
“Moonlight Over Paris” is the New Richmond High School Prom theme this year; students will enjoy Parisian themed decorations, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and entertainment through the events planned for the day. The NRHS Prom Royalty 2014 includes king candidates Connor McCann, Keilan Mehls, Tanner Wisemiller and Shane Blackman; and queen candidates Mattie Kidder, Megan Chelberg, Alicia Brugler and Sydney Kannel. Grand March starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in the high school auditorium.
At the New Richmond Board of Education’s April 21 meeting, the school board accepted the resignation of Starr Elementary Principal Andy Hoeppner, who will move with his family to Saudi Arabia for a teaching job at Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. “I have decided that it is time for me to take a new phase in my life, because I am getting older,” Hoeppner said. “I have realized that I need to take advantage of opportunities as they come.
The Easter Bunny mingled with more than 400 kids, parents and grandparents who participated in the New Richmond Kiwanis Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt festivities on Saturday, April 19. This year Key Club Volunteers added face painting and coloring activities to the event. Scouts of Troop 460 assisted Kiwanis Members in setting up for the event and clean up. Drawings were held for two bikes after the egg hunt. Easter egg hunts were also held in the villages of Deer Park, Star Prairie, Roberts and Hammond.
New Richmond native and 1992 NRHS graduate Adam Gadach has been volunteering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) since 2008 to help spread the word about drunken driving and how disastrous it can be to the driver and the people around them. For his years of service to the group, the Minnesota branch of MADD awarded Gadach the VIP Speaker of the Year Award at an awards banquet at the Science Museum of Minnesota on April 7. “Just to be nominated is incredibly cool,” Gadach said. “And I was one of a few people to be nominated in the whole state of Minnesota.
The New Richmond High School music department performed its spring concerts on Monday, April 14, including performances by the high school bands followed by the high school choirs.
A group of New Richmond students, two elementary and one high school, were named state art award winners at a ceremony on April 4, in the Capitol Rotunda at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, for their art pieces as part of Youth Art Month. “Throughout the year, I save quality work from all grade levels at Starr Elementary to display at our local Youth Art Month Show at WITC,” said Starr Elementary art teacher Laura Rahn.
The New Richmond High School State Forensics Team is nothing short of amazing. Twenty-seven students, making up 24 entries, qualified for the State Forensics competition on Friday, April 11, at the UW-Madison campus. “There is not one student on this year's state team that I would not claim as my own,” Forensics coach Danette Tellijohn said. “I am so incredibly proud of their achievements, conduct and awesome talent.”