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 2018 Pea Soup Days festival will feature several new events, but will also bring back many events and activities loved by one and all. "It's Somerse's annual celebration and the beginning of the summer season. Pea soup is a French dish that was popular with the French Canadians," said Pea Soup Days committee member David Bracht. "If you like a small hometown festival and like to mingle with a carnival and good old fashioned hometown food and fun, you should attend."
Although the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity has taken part in the annual Lowe's Women Build, as part of National Women Build Week, several times in the past, this year marks a first for the St. Croix Valley organization. "This build is a little bit unique in that we will be fabricating walls for the build we have in Hammond. This is the first time we have worked on fabricating the walls. That will help us get the house put together quicker once we are able to get our permits and get started," said Interim Executive Director Randy Boser.
When St. Croix Central senior Jillian Turbeville started a research project on plant systems during her freshman year of high school, little did she know the project would lead her to pursue a degree in agriculture at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls next fall.
Once New Richmond High School senior Hailey Jones graduates this spring, her main focus will be gaining the knowledge she needs to help people in as many ways as possible. "I enjoy helping people and I'm currently a person care worker at Family Pathways," Jones said. "I work with a girl who has muscular dystrophy, so I'm kind of interested in working in that area when I go into nursing." In addition to pursuing a degree in nursing, Jones has applied for a position as a volunteer firefighter with the NR Fire Department.
The New Richmond district office conference room was packed with community members who came out to support high school girls basketball coach Ryan Schradle, who started the open forum portion of the board's Monday, May 21 regular meeting by speaking about the process by which he was informed he would not coach next fall.
Somerset High School technical education teacher Mark Barron has been with the district since he was hired in 1980. "At the time, I was getting married and my wife was going to keep going to Stout to get her masters degree. So I put a 75-mile circle around Menomonie and sent resumes to every single school district in that radius," Barron said, who is originally from De Pere.
Thanksgiving morning is usually spent relaxing with family and eating way too much food. However, for a group of East Fourth Street, New Richmond residents, Thanksgiving Day 2017 will always be remembered as the day sewage backed up into their basements. What followed was a months-long process of cleaning and negotiating with the City of New Richmond.
The 2018 Roberts Good Neighbor Days festival will kick off with the Community Appreciation Dinner and Good Neighbor Award presentation at Roberts Community Park at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31. The festival goes through Sunday, June 3. "What to look forward to: great food, drink, music, seeing the new royalty crowned and who will be the Good Neighbor of the Year. Most of all, taking time to reconnect with your friends and family at the Roberts Community Park," said Good Neighbor Days co-chair Geno Hanson.
According to a statement released by St. Croix Central math teacher Zach Turpin on Thursday, May 10, Turpin has decided to stay on as SCC head boys basketball coach.
Soul food with a touch of magic. That's the way Christian Orosz describes the food at his new restaurant, Vudu Street Food, which opened on Friday, April 28, in New Richmond. "We serve street food, since that is a culture and type of food I really enjoy. It is something you would find while walking down the streets of Mexico or Peru. To me, that is the real food," Orosz said. "The menu was really carried over from our two food trucks in Minneapolis, so kind of like bringing the food truck inside."