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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After welcoming their eighth child, Mikey, into the world, some might have thought the Langers were done adding members to their family. However, after being blessed with Mikey, who has Down Syndrome, the family felt their lives had been enriched in so many immeasurable ways that they decided to look at adopting another child with Down Syndrome. "About two years ago, we started looking. (Georgiy) was the first one to enter our hearts. And has never left. Our children are ecstatic to have another child and especially at the idea of another Down Syndrome child," said Cassie Langer.
A total of 1,338 voters turned out for the Nov. 6 general election in the Town of Alden, which, according to Town Clerk Wanda Wickerhauser, is a record for the township for a general election. "It was pretty exciting to see that many people turn out for an election. Other than just coordination, we didn't have any issues. Our equipment worked great and we had a great staff," Wickenhauser said. "We just had to do our best to make space for all the people waiting in line so that we could get them inside. People weren't out there that long; we moved them through pretty quickly."
The Somerset High School put on a series of performances of "The Importance of Being Earnest" for friends, family and community members over the Nov. 9-11 weekend.
St. Croix Central High School held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12. The ceremony was followed by the unveiling of the school’s new wall of honor, which was created by SCC student Sam Malecek.
Although Halloween is now behind us, the New Richmond High School drama department looks to keep some of the holiday's mystery and intrigue with a trio of performances of "Sherlock Holmes by Tim Kelly."
Things are about to get all shook up at St. Croix Central High School, as the drama department puts on the American jukebox musical "All Shook Up." "I picked this musical because I wanted something that was totally the opposite of what we did last year, in style and feeling. The decision was also influenced by the talent I knew I had coming up. I also wanted to do something that not everyone has done before, but also had some recognizable elements when people watched it," said drama director Amanda Arnold.
The St. Croix Central Board of Education approved a series of changes to its tax levy and budget for the 2018-2019 school year at its Monday, Oct. 29, special meeting. "The board approved a tax levy of $6,803,300 for the 2018-19 school year with a mill rate of .00999969 to support the fund 10 budgeted expenditures of $18,173,903, fund 30 budgeted expenditures of $3,580,706, and fund 80 expenditures of $405,000," said superintendent Tim Widiker.
After decades of teaching similar classes through FFA, St. Croix Central High School teacher Bill Emery brought his Outdoor Adventures class to the high school to get students outside and experiencing things they never have before.
According to New Richmond District Administrator Patrick Olson, the final budget for the 2018-2019 school year was updated and approved by the school board at its Oct. 22 work session meeting. The changes to the budget were made to account for 4K transportation costs and additional staffing needed for special education to meet student IEP requirements.
After a few years of more serious plays and musicals, new Somerset High School drama director Bethany Kaczmarek decided the 2018 fall production should be something more comical and light in nature. That is why she chose "The Importance of Being Earnest" as this year's fall production. "We have a smaller cast this year, since we had a large senior class last year. We wanted to do something smaller and funny since the last couple years had been rather serious," Kaczmarek said. "This is a great and funny play that has a lot of chemistry."