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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Although he won’t officially be on the April 3 ballot for the New Richmond City Council election, New Richmond resident Daniel Hansen has filed write-in candidate paperwork for District 4, which encompasses Wards 7 and 8. Hansen, who said he filed the forms Friday morning, will be running against incumbent Mike Montello.
The New Richmond News sent questionnaires to candidates in all contested and uncontested trustee and alderperson races in the April 3 election for the villages of Hammond, Roberts, Deer Park, Star Prairie, Somerset; the towns of Richmond, Somerset, Warren; as well as the city of New Richmond. The election also includes the New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central school boards.
The 51-year-old New Richmond Park Art Fair will get a shot in the arm this summer two new events, more food options and more local vendors. In an effort to expand the Park Art Fair's reach across the St. Croix Valley, the New Richmond Area Chamber applied for a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant to increase its advertising budget. According to NR Chamber Director Rob Kreibich, the chamber received a $23,000 JEM grant which will go toward promoting the Park Art Fair, which is held at Mary Park, to a wider audience.
The New Richmond School Board meeting Monday, March 19 focused on the district's fee matrix, school safety, a needed technology change and an amendment to the district's bus contract. Over the last four months, the school board has discussed the inconsistencies in the district's fees for athletics and activities at the middle and high schools.
Anyone who has stopped into St. Croix Central High School during the first couple hours of school may have noticed the addition of a coffee shop in the back corner. The shop, called "Panther Perks," is run by six of the school's special education students and is open on Monday and Friday mornings from 7:45-9 a.m.
When new Friday Memorial Library Director Katie Marsh started college she hadn't planned on becoming a librarian, let alone a library director. She had always loved libraries, but it never occurred to her that her passion for books and helping people would lead her to become a librarian.
About 40 to 50 St. Croix Central High School students took 17 minutes from 10-10:17 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, to stand silently in support of 17 slain Florida high school students and to draw attention to the need for safeguarding schools.
The Renew Somerset Library Campaign still has limited space available for its Launch event on Thursday, March 22, from 6-8 p.m., at St. Croix National Golf and Event Center, where area businesses will be featuring “A Taste of Somerset.” According to Kay Walsh, hundreds of individuals have registered, but there is still room for a limited number.
St. Croix Central High School recently announced that it will have four Valedictorians for the Class of 2018, including Tyler Miller, Collin Nelson, Abigail Edelman and McKenna Johnson. Tyler Miller Miller will most likely attend the University of Minnesota next fall to major in biology, with the hopes of going into forensic pathology.
Although the Somerset High School Drama Department will once again have two casts for its upcoming performances of “Peter & Wendy,” the students feel like each cast’s chemistry has been the best they have seen. “I feel like this cast is a really good fit and I think this is the most solid I have felt about a play or musical while I’ve been at school,” said senior Blaine Cavett, who plays Peter Pan in cast B. “They work really hard and they all have put in a lot of effort into it.”