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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Throughout his life, author and former area school superintendent Dan Woll, of River Falls, has loved to write. As a superintendent, Woll wrote a weekly column which served to stoke the fires of his writing passion. In 1988, Woll decided to write something for fun, so he sent the Eau Claire Leader a story, which was subsequently printed in the paper.
New Richmond native Chuck Olson was named the Citizen of the Year during the 2019 New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Awards Gala on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Tips on How You Can Keep a Loved One Safe in Subzero Temperatures As the cold ensues in western Wisconsin, those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia should be on notice that snow, extreme temperatures and early darkness present challenges. Caregivers may be unsure how to best prepare for these conditions when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. However, the Alzheimer’s Association offers a few safety tips for navigating winter as a caregiver. A few tips from the Association include:
The United Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 692 250th St. in Baldwin Township just before 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The structure was a small, Amish barn. "When the owner called, he said he was trying to heat water in the barn. That doesn't work too well. It was a total loss, but he was able to get all the cattle and a lot of his supplies out as well, which he was happy about," said Fire Chief Gary Newton.
Owning a sports bar and restaurant has always been a lifelong dream for Vince Wilhelm. So, when the restaurant at 1847 County Road T in rural New Richmond came on the market, Wilhelm's family jumped at the chance to make their father's dreams come true. That is when Vinny's Sports Bar and Grill became a reality.
Between August 2017 and April 2018, the Rivers & Roads Committee hosted more than 20 listening sessions which yielded a total of 520 in-person and online responses from members of Somerset and surrounding communities. Those people shared what is unique about Somerset, when Somerset is at its best, and what their vision for the future of Somerset is.
In 2014, New Richmond native Jessica Stovall was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant. She used that grant to conduct research in New Zealand on racial predictability of student achievement. As amazing as her experience in New Zealand was, she was not prepared for what was in store for her when she returned to teaching at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Ill.
About year ago, New Richmond resident Jake Webster began having trouble swallowing and food was getting stuck in the bottom of his esophagus. And "like a stubborn man," Webster said he put off getting himself checked out until last October. Doctors ordered an esophagram and later an endoscopy, which is when doctors found the top of Webster's stomach to be ulcerated. After doing biopsies on the scar tissue, the doctors diagnosed Webster with aggressive Adenocarcinoma, or stomach cancer, on Oct. 25.
On July 28, Cole Larrieu — a 1999 River Falls High School graduate — was a passenger in a motor vehicle accident that nearly took his life. The convertible he was in went off the road, hit a driveway, launched into the air, hit a tree and landed upside down. Miraculously he survived but was left with the most severe kind of brain injury. Three months ago, Cole was diagnosed with Diffuse Axonal, which is a brain injury that most likely would leave an individual in a nearly vegetative state. However, Cole has fought back and has been thriving through continued therapy.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." — George R.R. Martin That quote from author George R.R. Martin is the theme for the Hazel Mackin Community Library's Young Adult Mural Painting Competition, which will see a high school-aged student both design and paint a mural above teen section bookshelves.