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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Ever since he was a little kid, New Richmond High School senior Ben Poppovich has loved planes, aviation and the thought of flying through the sky. "I got into aviation because I was around planes a lot when I was a kid. I live right next to the airport, so I'm always seeing them flying in and over the top of our house. I've always had a passion and I've watched YouTube videos and read articles about it for a long time, so that's kind of how I decided this was what I wanted to do," Poppovich said. "And I've been getting into it more and more as time went on."
New Richmond High School held its 133rd Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 24, in the high school gymnasium. The Class of 2019 valedictorian was Grace Burns, while the salutatorian was Mykenzie Patten. The Class of 2019’s class flower was the Tiger Lily. See next week’s print edition of the New Richmond News or NewRichmond-News.com for more photos from Friday’s commencement exercises.
When the entire Somerset High School population was called into the gymnasium for a surprise assembly on Monday, May 6, art teacher and drama instructor Becky Olson was unsure of what to expect. Of all the things that she thought might come from the assembly, being recognized as a FOX 9 Top Teacher was not one of them. "It was a complete surprise. I feel very humbled about receiving this award, I wish I could share it with all the other teachers in my building who deserve it as well. I am blessed to work in a job that I thoroughly enjoy," Olson said.
With summer just around the corner, Roberts will once again kick summer into high gear with its annual Good Neighbor Days, which will take place Thursday, May 30, to Sunday, June 2. "This is our 60th year for the Lions Club and the 55th Good Neighbor Days. The first 15 to 16 years of the festival was run by a variety of groups, including the Lions, but we took the whole thing over in 1980," said Good Neighbor Days co-chair Geno Hanson.
With four extra hours of school left in the bank, the New Richmond School Board approved an early dismissal day for Friday, June 7, during its Monday, May 20 regular board meeting. "This is the last time — I promise — to bring the 2018-2019 calendar to you. I think that will get a large applause district-wide," said District Administrator Patrick Olson. "This is to formally approve this and move the last day to an early out. June 10 would then be a full PLD day where principals and staff can focus in on end of the year things." 2019-2020 budget
After discussing the eight nominations it received for the inaugural New Richmond High School Distinguished Alumni Award, the selection committee was able to agree that 2002 NRHS graduate Jessica Stovall was the right choice.
Anyone who has run through the St. Croix Central school forest recently will notice a new addition to the trailhead: a trail map that was designed and installed by SCC High School student Jakob Eggen as part of his Eagle Scout Project. Eggen also organized the cleanup of the trail.
Following the dedication of the Taylor family home in Hammond, the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity has started to work with the Lee family, of New Richmond, to recycle a home in Baldwin.
Utilizing a $25,000 grant from Bosch Community Fund Grant, the New Richmond High School metals/manufacturing shop was able to add another piece to its workshop that will allow students to push their education even farther during their high school careers.
About 10 years ago, Jodi Bauer accompanied her nephew, who has special needs, to a Boy Scouts of America Polaris District Camporee. She enjoyed the experience so much that she decided to help with an upcoming fundraiser for the organization.