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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With graduation behind him, St. Croix Central Class of 2018 graduate Jacob Larson is ready to move on to the next part of his life, which will include basic combat training, with the hopes of eventually leading his own squad in the army.
While working on the district's strategic plan last spring, an idea for an innovative learning space came to Somerset Elementary second grade teacher Tracy Thurber. To add an outdoor classroom to enhance the district's educational facilities will soon become a reality.
It will rain golf balls on Thursday, June 21, when the Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin hosts its inaugural Golf Ball Drop fundraiser. "The purpose of the event is to raise money for our greatest need. Because we fundraise, we have been able to provide extra amenities for our patients while they are being cared for," said Director of Oncology, Laboratory & Nutritional Services Jackie Nelson. "This includes the Journey Garden, heated massage chairs, blanket warmers, Care Bags, iPads to use while being cared for and funds to assist with gas and groceries, to name a few."
Every year since 2011 (the Class of 2015), the St. Croix Central Middle School eighth graders have painted a mural to represent their class in one of the long hallways on the south side of the building. The murals feature a wide variety of designs and levels of complexity.
The New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Park Art Fair on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.
For the last 10 years, Somerset Township resident Tom Reinke has been asked over and over again what happened to his house — which used to be located on 5.6 acres at 1664 Highway 65, New Richmond, just north of where Culver's currently sits. "It is a wonderful old house and had many amenities that were used in the late Victorian era. It has hardwood flooring throughout, stain glass windows, pocket doors between some of the rooms and all of those other classic Queen Anne features," Reinke said.
The NRHS Class of 2018 took part in the 132 Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 25, in the high school gymnasium.
St. Croix EDC joined community leaders in New Richmond, Hudson, Hammond and Somerset to recognize businesses during U.S. Small Business Week, April 29-May 5.
When the next Somerset School District referendum comes up for vote in the near future, there will be many items which will benefit both the schools themselves and the community as a whole. One such item will be funding for a one-to-one technology initiative which the district hopes to bring to fruition in the next few years. Each student from ninth through 12th grade would receive a device that would allow them to connect with their teachers, fellow students, and further enhance their educational opportunities.
In all the books St. Croix Central fifth grader Lydia Hubbard reads, bullying is a common subject that most protagonists face at some point. However, in Hubbard's mind, those books rarely touch base with how the main character should deal with bullying. When Hubbard got the chance to write on the subject as part of the National Sandy Hook Student Voices Written Essay contest, she jumped at the opportunity to share her feelings about how bullying can be stopped/avoided.