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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Being a school nurse, according to New Richmond District School Nurse Joan Simpson, is more than just giving out Bandaids. That is why she invited Sen. Patty Schachtner to visit the high school on Monday, March 25, as part of a "Day in the Life of a School Nurse." "I feel that every student should have somebody very knowledgeable in their health needs so that they can be successful in school and so that parents don't have to worry about their kids when they are with us," Simpson said.
During its Monday, April 15 school board meeting, the New Richmond School Board approved an update to the 2018-2019 calendar, approved a memorandum of understanding with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and approved a medical agreement extension with HealthPartners. The board approved adjusting Monday, April 22, from a professional learning day to a full day of school for students and staff, due to the April 11 snow storm forcing the district to cancel school that day.
An early morning house fire on Monday, April 15, left a Star Prairie family without a home. The New Richmond Fire Department received a call about the house fire at 1967 Nighthawk Drive at 2:16 a.m. It took about an hour to get the fire under control, according to NRFD Chief Jim VanderWyst. According to St. Croix County property records, the home is owned by Scott Kotaska of White Bear Lake. Minn.
Every year, the New Richmond School District Happy Kids Backpack program provides backpacks full of food to families who qualify as "financially in need." During the 2017-2018 school year, the program delivered more than 70 backpacks each week.
Every year, the New Richmond High School drama department holds a pair of productions for their family, friends and the community at large. In between shows, the students who take part in those productions, or have a love for the theater, find it hard to keep the spirit and community of the stage alive. That's why theater director Ashley Steiner decided to start a Drama Club to keep the students involved throughout the school year.
For as long as she can remember, St. Croix Central senior Sara Nyhus has wanted to be an artist. "I worked diligently on improvement, even at a young age. I guess I started to recognize my somewhat inclination around third grade," Nyhus said. On March 11, the Hazel Mackin Community Library announced that Nyhus's design was the winner of the library's Teen Mural Contest.
For the fourth year in a row, the Friday Memorial Library will host the Local Authors Showcase, which will feature readings from Jim Guhl, Gail Wallach Buell and Marilyn Jess. The event will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. The event will also include readings from several members of the Willow River Writers group, which was founded five years ago and includes members from western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.
After nearly 10 months of waiting, the Taylor family of Hammond — including Jacob and Kimberleigh and their two children, Annie and Elise — was finally able to move into their new home on Tuesday, March 26, after a St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity dedication ceremony.
Incumbent Katie Thurmes is running for re-election to the Somerset School Board April 2; Courtney Kurkowski did not throw her hat in the ring. Instead, voters will see Patricia Jo Forsberg on the ballot. Both candidates are running unopposed. Katie Thurmes (incumbent) Position for which you are running: Somerset School Board Age: 56 Address: Village of Somerset Occupation: Legal Assistant, St. Croix County District Attorney's Office Family: Husband Joe, three kids (Rob, Andrew and Hannah)
Village of Hammond voters will have to choose between incumbent Tony Bibeau and Mark Benton for the president slot. Trustees Kristy Olson (incumbent), Laurie Gruber (incumbent) and Bob Trudell are running for seats unopposed. The New Richmond News sent questionnaires to candidates in all contested and uncontested races in the April 2 election. The News asked each candidate, even if they were running uncontested, to also participate in order to refresh voters' minds on their elected and potential elected officials. Those who responded have their answers recorded below.