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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At one point or another, most teenagers and young adults dream of being in a band and playing in front of thousands of adoring fans. For lifelong friends and bandmates Vicki Victoria, Bill Traiser, Terry Slattery, Larry Williams and Bob Johnson, that dream became a reality in the early 1960s when they formed Vicki Victoria and the Fore.
Friendship isn't an easy thing to understand and there is no easy way to explain why two vastly different people become and stay friends. The New Richmond High School will do its best to show what it means to be best friends, even when the relationship is a bit odd, when it performs "The Odd Couple: The Female Version" Friday, March 29-Sunday, March 31.
Somerset High School put on a series of performances of "You Can't Take It With You," which featured four performances, two each for both casts, from Friday, March 8-Monday, March 11.
The entire fourth grade class at St. Croix Central Elementary School has been practicing for their upcoming performance of “Lion King Jr.” Music teacher, Melanie Neumann and her two assistant directors Margaret Behling (fourth grade teacher) and Jenny Cicha (first grade teacher) have been helping the students with everything from acting, costume design, make-up design and application, stage work, set design and more.
Since they were little, the New Richmond St. Patrick's Day parade has been a family tradition for brother and sister Matt Kearns, 36, and Cailin Kearns, 33. "I have memories all the way back to childhood of attending the St. Patrick's Day parade. I always enjoyed the bagpipers and the horses. I try to make it back for the parade each year," Cailin said. On Sunday, March 17, the siblings will get the chance to lead the way down the parade route as grand marshals of the 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade will start at 2 p.m.
The Somerset High School drama department will transport you back to the 1930s with this year's spring production of "You Can't Take It With You," a comedy from 1936 that features a crazy family that loves each other very much.
According to Chad and Becky Eckman, the benefit that was going to be held for Becky on Sunday, Feb. 24, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 30, from 1-7 p.m., due to the weather. In November 2002, Becky Eckman, of Baldwin, was diagnosed with small cell cervical cancer, which is extremely rare. She had a radical hysterectomy, followed by chemo and radiation. "Out of my three Mayo doctors one of them had a patient with this type of cancer and she didn't win her fight," Eckman said in a post on her CaringBridge site. "I was told at that time that making it 18 months was a fight, then I was told three years was the next hurtle and five years out was amazing. I did it. It was 16 years!"
With the New Richmond High School Showcase only a few weeks away, event coordinator and science teacher Terry Neumann is excited about how the night is shaping up.
Lifelong New Richmond resident Andrea Meisner recently won second prize in the 26th annual International Housewares Association Student Design Competition. Meisner designed her product concept, the Pudge Hot Sandwich Maker for Outdoor Cooking, as a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Registration is open for Farm and Rural Lobby Day on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in Madison. The annual event is organized by Wisconsin Farmers Union. WFU President Darin Von Ruden urged family farmers to consider taking a day off the farm to attend. “We’re facing tough times in farm country,” Von Ruden said. “It is more important than ever that farmers and rural citizens have a voice in the decisions being made at the Capitol.”