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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For the first time in team history, the New Richmond Tigers wrestling team had two wrestlers place at the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament, with Shane Blackman taking sixth place at 126 pounds and Derek Dowd finishing sixth at 138 pounds. “Getting these two wrestlers to place at the state level is a really big step for us as a team,” New Richmond coach Mark Neumann said.
The New Richmond boys hockey team fell one win short of claiming a ticket to the Wisconsin state tournament after being defeated by the Superior Spartans 3-2 in the WIAA sectional finals game on Saturday, March 1, in Amery. “Obviously it is disappointing to lose to Superior again, but I’m not disappointed in our players or the effort they put in during the game,” Tigers coach Adam Swanda said. “We had our chances to tie the game late and I feel like if we had been able to tie the game things might have turned out differently.
Young students rarely get the chance to make a contribution to the community while they are at school, but when Family and Consumer Education teacher Dawn Lane heard of an opportunity for her students to help with a medication disposal program by making information bags, she was all for it. “It really gave us an opportunity to talk about the problem and to explain what that problem is,” Lane said.
Over a week’s time, Susie and John Santer, along with their daughter Billie Jo Germain, saw thousands of people come through the doors of the Philippine Minnesota Medical Association’s medical, dental and surgical mission to Catarman, Northern Samar. “This is my second time and my husband’s third,” Susie Santer said. “The group goes to a different place every time.
Bob Heebink, a resident of New Richmond and long time educator at the New Richmond High School, passed away on Feb. 23 at the age of 94. “He was a teacher for many years, but he prefered the term educator,” said Heebink’s son James Heebink. “He was a somewhat formal person and he’ll be missed by a lot of people. He spent over 50 years in the New Richmond School District.” Heebink was born on July 31, 1919, in Baldwin. He married Marie Van Someren on June 2, 1942, and had they had three sons: James, Thomas and Paul.
Wisconsin Secretary of Health Services Kitty Rhoades was impressed by the progress Activities Director Cindy Prokash and her staff at St. Croix Health Center Nursing Home had made with the Music and Memory Initiative when Rhoades made a stop at the facility on Friday, Feb. 28. “I never expected to see these results so quickly considering we are only two months into the program,” Rhoades said. “We’ve only been at this since January and the response we have been getting from the nursing homes that are taking part in it has been incredible.
The St. Croix Central girls basketball team rallied in the second half to take down the visiting Northwestern Tigers 61-51 during the opening round of the WIAA Girls Basketball section playoffs on Tuesday, March 4. With the win, the Panters advance to play No. 1 seed Baldwin-Woodville in Baldwin on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. See the full game story in next week's New Richmond News.
The New Richmond Forensics Team was at the top of its game at its home tournament on Saturday, Feb. 22, where they placed second. Menomonie took first place, while Baldwin-Woodville finished third out of 10 teams.
More than seven years ago, Trent Bennig started a summer program called Freshman Edge to try and help incoming eighth-graders make the adjustment to the high school and help them avoid failing any of their freshman classes. Back then, almost 43 percent of students in the freshman class were failing at least one class. “It was about seven or eight years ago when we had a large percent of freshman failing one or more classes,” said Trent Bennig, a computer science teacher at the high school.
For most of the season, Math Counts coach Elizabeth Rasmussen felt that her team wasn’t living up to its potential and finishing as high as it could when it was working at its best. But those feelings were pushed aside after the New Richmond Middle School Math Counts team finished third at the Eau Claire regionals, which qualified it for the state competition on March 1, in Madison. “The kids were all pretty shocked that we did so well at regionals because we hadn’t done very well before that as a team,” said Rasmussen, who coaches the team along with sevent