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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A little over two years ago, Rick Holm was looking for a place to run his business, Northwest Taxidermy. After looking at options to build in Hammond, Holm purchased the bar at West Second Street and South Knowles Avenue in New Richmond.
Every year, the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce works hard to bring the best possible Fun Fest it can to the residents of New Richmond and the surrounding area. However, doing so requires a bit of a balancing act. "Fun Fest has a long tradition, so we are always careful about what we add or subtract. But we've got some nice new additions this year, such as the carnival has added some rides. We've got more marching bands in the parade, which is filling up very quickly, faster than it ever has," said Chamber Executive Director Rob Kreibich.
Summer school students from Somerset Elementary recently participated in a “Garden to Give” event, a community garden project donated by a Spartan parent, Mike Kappers. As part of the project, students participate in literacy, math and science activities around a garden theme while getting their hands dirty planting, watering and weeding. Students learn to “garden to give” as all vegetables harvested will be given to the Somerset Community Food Pantry.
For the third time since she was 22 months old, 11-year-old Paperjack Elementary student Avery Evans — or Brave Ave as her family calls her — was diagnosed with cancer, specifically Acute Myeloid Leukemia. "Avery is our warrior, my little dolly, our Brave Ave, who handles all of her struggles and treatment with such grace and strength. She has even wiped my tears. I am without words that this has happened to our baby girl again. We just love her so much," said Avery's mother Jenn Evans.
On Wednesday, June 12, students and their families were seen enjoying themselves as they received a free meal, listened to stories, and played some games on the campus of the Deerfield (1127 W. Eighth St.) in New Richmond as part of Summer Health Initiative in Nutrition and Engagement (S.H.I.N.E.) kickoff event. "It's a great example of community and intergenerational engagement," said S.H.I.N.E. committee member, Jill Leahy.
The New Richmond School Board, the city of New Richmond and New Richmond Airport Commission have come to a tentative agreement on the SOAR Education Center, according to District Administrator Patrick Olson. The school board approved the agreement at its June 17 regular meeting, while the New Richmond City Council and New Richmond Airport Commission will have the agreement up for discussion/approval on an upcoming agenda.
The walls of the small room you find yourself in are covered in charts and monitors depicting incomprehensible technical jargon. A timer continues to tick down as you and your friends attempt to deduce what to do next. Do you try the padlock on the door again, or do you try to solve the riddle written in code on one of the monitors across the room? Do you look through the desk in the center of the room for the fourth time to see if you missed some kind of clue?
Last year, the Somerset Public Library started the Renew Somerset Library Campaign to help raise funds for an expansion to the current building. The group took another step forward in seeing the project completed when the Somerset Village Board announced that it would assist the library in financing the project during a special session meeting on Thursday, June 6. However, no formal motion was made and the topic will be on the next Finance/Personnel Committee agenda for its June 18 meeting, according to village treasurer Andrea Otto.
When the Friday Memorial Library in New Richmond opened, libraries were mainly used as a place to learn, read and checkout books. However, over the last 60 years, libraries have become much more than that and they continue to evolve at a rapid pace.
After turning over the naming rights of its baby zebra to its social media following, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory announced on Tuesday, June 18, that the female zebra will be named Lydia. The name Lydia was championed by family and friends of 2014 New Richmond High School graduate Lydia Kimlinger (formerly Lydia Armbruster), who was diagnosed with High Grade Neuroendocrine Carcinoma in April 2018. "I feel so grateful and blessed for all the votes and it means so much to me," said Kimlinger.