Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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From canoe races and car shows to bingo and bean bag toss, the 44th Annual Ox Cart Days is set to be another entertaining weekend. Held from Aug. 16-18 and hosted by the Star Prairie Lions Club, the festival has withstood the test of time, routinely attracting people from around the county.
A small section of ceiling in the basement of the New Richmond Civic Center collapsed recently. While the damage appeared minor, the incident could lead to a major headache for city officials. Turns out the ceiling tiles and plaster in the conference room adjacent to the kitchen contains asbestos. At Monday's regular New Richmond City Council meeting, City Administrator Mike Darrow said the area has been closed off as the city determines what to do about the situation. "It's not a public risk," he insisted.
Developer Ed Forliti presented a preliminary land use plan to the Hammond Village Board of Trustees Monday night. Forliti brought a large map of property on the southeast corner of County Road J and County Road T with him to the meeting. He referred to brightly colored spots on the map as areas where he envisions commercial development, industrial development, multi-family housing, some office or retail space and potentially a gas station.
Credit Forum News Service Minnesota No public safety issue in Clarkfield shooting incident CLARKFIELD, Minn. -- Yellow Medicine County sheriff's officials are working with agencies from several jurisdictions, including South Dakota, in an investigation of an incident Tuesday morning in Clarkfield in which a handgun was fired during a law enforcement interview.
From the Forum News Service Minnesota Handgun fired during law enforcement interview; no one hurt CLARKFIELD, Minn. -- A handgun was fired in a struggle with law enforcement during an interview Tuesday at a home in Clarkfield, authorities said. No one was injured, according to a news release from Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten.
Motorists on Highway 95 in Oak Park Heights are now able to use Highway 95 near the junction with Highway 36. This past weekend, crews demolished the eastbound Highway 36 flyover bridge to northbound Highway 95 and completed utility work, as part of St. Croix Crossing construction. Highway 95 was closed since 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. The road was scheduled to open by 5 a.m., Monday, Aug. 12.
From the Forum News Service Minnesota Chimpanzee expert Goodall backs Lynn Rogers’ bear work ST. PAUL -- Independent bear researcher Lynn Rogers got a vote of confidence this week from Jane Goodall, the famed African chimpanzee researcher. Goodall sent a letter to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton saying she backed Rogers’ bear research near Ely and urging the governor to allow Rogers to continue his work.
Credit Forum News Service Minnesota Fatal shooting started as girlfriend tried to pick up dogs NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. -- A shooting here last month that authorities are calling a murder-suicide occurred after a woman and her boyfriend arrived at her ex-boyfriend’s home to pick up her dogs, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said.
Leonard Hedlund told his mom he was gay when he was 17 years old as a senior at New Richmond High School. Was it a big surprise? Not so much. "I had a Pocahontas cake when I was 5 for my birthday," he said. His folks didn't make an issue of it. They said, "It's your life. We're going to love you no matter what."
The patio area at the newly expanded Deerfield senior living complex in New Richmond was abuzz with activity on Monday. Volunteers with the Willow River Garden Club and a crew from the Challenge Incarceration Program were on hand to begin work on a new Reflection Garden for residents and visitors. For the past several months, the local gardening group has been raising funds to cover the cost of the approximately $35,000 project. According to volunteer coordinators Carolyn Craig and Peggy Grubbs, enough money has now been donated to begin the first phase of the project.