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 recently sent 27 students to the UW-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival and had five students finish in the top three, along with a Judges Choice Award winner in senior Gabrielle Lightburn.
With a goal of getting locally sourced produce into the hands of those in need, the United Way of the St. Croix Valley worked with local farmers to start the Farmers Fighting Hunger program.
On Monday, March 4, from 5-8 p.m., the New Richmond High School staff and departments will once again show off the talents of their students during the NRHS Showcase. The event was previously known as the NRHS S.T.E.M. Night, but agriscience teacher Rachel Sauvola said the event needed to be revamped because more and more departments and groups around the school wanted to take part, so it was no longer just a S.T.E.M. event.
The City of New Richmond will host a pair "Recycling Open House" events at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the New Richmond Civic Center. Representatives from the city's new recycling contractor, Advanced Disposal, will be on hand during the pair of open houses to explain how the new recycling service will work and to answer resident's questions. For more information, visit newrichmondwi.gov, or contact the City of New Richmond at 715-246-4268.
After parsing through data from the 2017-2018 Wisconsin Department of Instruction State School Report Cards for the past month, area schools were recently allowed to share the information with school boards and the community. The New Richmond, St. Croix Central and Somerset school districts all received scores in the "Exceeds Expectations" category, while almost all of the school buildings received "Exceeds Expectations" scores. Several buildings even received "Significantly Exceeds Expectations" scores. The following are overviews of the three school district's scores.
Over the past seven years, the Somerset School District has made significant reductions to balance its operating budget, according to a survey sent out to district residents. Those reductions have included: • Reducing classroom budgets • Reducing the technology budget and delaying computer replacement/upgrades • Shifting health and dental insurance to employees • Delaying building maintenance as well as safety and security updates • Eliminating a bus route • Reviewing vendor contracts for reductions and efficiency.
If you've attended a New Richmond High School varsity football game at the district's middle school in recent years, you may have experienced lack of parking, bleacher seating, concessions space and available restrooms. In an effort to provide enough space for everyone, and allow the football team to host games at the high school, the New Richmond community and school district are joining efforts to complete the New Richmond High School Stadium.
What the Somerset School District 2019 referendum will look like became clearer during the school board's Nov. 19 meeting when the Community Planning Committee presented its priorities and criteria for options to address district needs.
The New Richmond Hometown Holidays event was held on Thursday, Nov. 29, and featured a parade, sleigh rides, s'mores stations, a tree lighting ceremony and several other family friendly events.
The Village of Hammond held its annual tree lighting ceremony in Veterans Park on Tuesday, Nov. 27.