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 held its annual holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 18, in the high school auditorium.
Ever since she was a little girl, Amery resident Kelly Lathrop, 30, has been taught that giving back to others is just what you should do as a decent person.
After spending 16 years as the Community Education director for the New Richmond School District, Cheryl Emerson has many things to be proud of about her time educating the community. "The things I am most proud of are our STEP program, our Starr mentor program and Empty Bowls as well as our Community Commons project. Growing the program over the last 16.5 years has also been a pleasure," Emerson said.
The Wisconsin Department of Instruction recently released its annual statewide report cards for the 2015-2016 school year and all three schools in the News' coverage area were rated "Exceeds Expectations," with the Somerset School District making the biggest jump from "Meets Expectations" last year to "Exceeds Expectations" this year, a nine point increase.
The Somerset School Board selected Catherine Cranston and Bruce Baillargeon to fill the two vacant school board seats — left by the resignations of Brian Moulton and Bob Gunther — during its Dec. 18 regular meeting in the high school library. The pair were sworn in and took their seats on the board for the rest of the meeting. Cranston and Baillargeon will fill the two seats until the April 2018 elections.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by the United States Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness for American citizens. They are committed to mentoring youth and advocating patriotism, honor, national security, and continued devotion to fellow service-members and veterans. One of the many programs the American Legion sponsors is a state-wide Youth Citizenship Conference for qualifying young women and young men entering their senior year of high school. In Wisconsin, the conference is called Badger Girls State and Badger Boys State.
A business of one kind or another has been running on the corner of Main and Spring streets in Somerset since the old Somerset Hotel and Saloon was in business back in 1909. Since 1976, the Rendezvous — which has been around since the end of Prohibition — has been owned by Faye and George Ring.
Last year when The Salvation Army Bell Ringers Jeremy and Derek officially retired from their six years of 30 Hour Marathon Bell Ringing, many wondered if the efforts would cease. Our local Salvation Army was concerned about a shortfall in their Red Kettle Campaign without the duo ringing for their annual 30 hours which brought in an incredible amount of support from St. Croix County residents.
Just a few years after partnering to bring area students the Welding Academy at New Richmond High School, WITC-New Richmond and the New Richmond School District have partnered to offer local students a chance to earn certification and credit toward a degree. This time around, students have the the opportunity to become certified as a personal care worker.
Over 750 students from across Wisconsin and from the Chicago area took part in the UW-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Among them were a large number New Richmond High School students, with six of those students receiving second place awards for their submissions.