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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New Richmond High School has announced its Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian: Cole Birch as valedictorian, while Katelyn Bailey is salutatorian. Cole Birch Birch will attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this fall to study molecular biology with the plan of going to medical school after he finishes his undergraduate work.
In the hopes of increasing attendance and donations, the New Richmond Empty Bowls event committee has made a series of changes to the 11th annual event. The 2018 Empty Bowls event will be held in the New Richmond High School commons, from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12.
On Jan. 25, 12 community members started their six-session journey through the New Richmond Police Department Citizens Academy.
After realizing he had no room to advance at his last job before joining the United State Postal Service, New Richmond's new Postmaster Ron Neumann decided to take the postal service exam in 1995. Two years later, his postal service career began with a city carrier position in Marshfield, Wis. "It's been a good career for me. I would recommend it to other people if you are looking for, not just promotion, but a steady, good paying job," Neumann said. "I knew that the postal service promotes from within, so there would be opportunities for advancement."
Although the Somerset High School Drama Department will once again have two casts for its upcoming performances of "Peter & Wendy," the students feel like each cast's chemistry has been the best they have seen. "I feel like this cast is a really good fit and I think this is the most solid I have felt about a play or musical while I've been at school," said senior Blaine Cavett, who plays Peter Pan in cast B. "They work really hard and they all have put in a lot of effort into it."
Although he won’t officially be on the April 3 ballot for the New Richmond City Council election, New Richmond resident Daniel Hansen has filed write-in candidate paperwork for District 4, which encompasses Wards 7 and 8. Hansen, who said he filed the forms Friday morning, will be running against incumbent Mike Montello.
The New Richmond News sent questionnaires to candidates in all contested and uncontested trustee and alderperson races in the April 3 election for the villages of Hammond, Roberts, Deer Park, Star Prairie, Somerset; the towns of Richmond, Somerset, Warren; as well as the city of New Richmond. The election also includes the New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central school boards.
The 51-year-old New Richmond Park Art Fair will get a shot in the arm this summer two new events, more food options and more local vendors. In an effort to expand the Park Art Fair's reach across the St. Croix Valley, the New Richmond Area Chamber applied for a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant to increase its advertising budget. According to NR Chamber Director Rob Kreibich, the chamber received a $23,000 JEM grant which will go toward promoting the Park Art Fair, which is held at Mary Park, to a wider audience.
The New Richmond School Board meeting Monday, March 19 focused on the district's fee matrix, school safety, a needed technology change and an amendment to the district's bus contract. Over the last four months, the school board has discussed the inconsistencies in the district's fees for athletics and activities at the middle and high schools.
Anyone who has stopped into St. Croix Central High School during the first couple hours of school may have noticed the addition of a coffee shop in the back corner. The shop, called "Panther Perks," is run by six of the school's special education students and is open on Monday and Friday mornings from 7:45-9 a.m.