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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The cast of the Old Gem Theater's Three Billy Goats Gruff put on a special performance for a group of school children on Friday Jan. 24, in New Richmond.
At its Jan. 13 special meeting, the New Richmond School District Board of Education conducted two expulsion hearings, both of which resulted in a student being expelled, according to Superintendent Jeff Moberg. “Two students were expelled on the grounds of endangering the health and welfare of others,” Moberg said. “Generally, endangerment can be anything from possession of drugs to bringing a weapon to school.”
The New Richmond School District Board of Education discussed and approved three proposals for repairs, replacement and additions to various schools at its Jan.
From Jan. 26-31, students at St. Mary’s School in New Richmond will join other Catholic schools in the area to take part in Catholic Schools Week, which includes a variety of fun activities throughout the week and a multischool Mass at St. Patrick Church in Hudson on Wednesday, Jan. 29. “It is where all the schools get together and we do a lot of fun activities,” said eighth-grade student council representative Elizabeth Lee.
Motivation has never been a problem for the New Richmond High School Academic Decathlon team in past seasons. But this year, after finishing third at last year’s state competition, coach Jarrod Hamdorf has seen his team become even more motivated to make it back to the state competition to compete for a state title. “The students who take part in the Academic Decathlon are always very self-motivated, especially this year’s team,” Hamdorf said. “This year, the team is extremely hard-working and has been doing an awesome job.
The Salvation Army of St. Croix County set a goal of raising $113,000 for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign, and with a final total of $113,043.81, the goal was met and surpassed thanks to the help of the many volunteers and contributors. “It feels great to know that we were able to reach our goal this year,” said Duana Bremer, Salvation Army Social Services Director for St. Croix County.
Even though there are many people who might not like going to the dentist, there are also many people, especially children, who do not regularly get the chance to have their teeth examined, cleaned or repaired. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, New Richmond Dental will participate in the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Program.
Once again, the Old Gem Theater is closing the first month of the new year with a classic folktale from its repertoire. This year, the theater is presenting the audience participation musical Three Billy Goats Gruff. “We’ve actually done a version of Billy Goats Gruff two other times and it has always been really popular,” said Kathy Welch, the Old Gem Theater’s artistic director. “It is one of those shows, in this slot, that we like to do since it is geared towards younger kids because it is audience participation.”
For the second year in a row, the New Richmond High School received a special guest to help Rachel Sauvola’s Large Animal Science class learn more about how to raise, take care of and study a large animal.
After being away from advising the Tiger Rag school newspaper for a few years, New Richmond High School English teacher Jeffrey Ayer came back to the group this year to teach the journalism course that puts together the multi-issue paper. “Principal Wissink said that he wanted me to put the paper back on the map again at the school,” said Ayer, who started teaching, both English and the journalism course, at the high school in 2000. “This class was coupled with the yearbook class last year and that is just too much for one class.