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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"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." — George R.R. Martin That quote from author George R.R. Martin is the theme for the Hazel Mackin Community Library's Young Adult Mural Painting Competition, which will see a high school-aged student both design and paint a mural above teen section bookshelves.
Abigail Stark, of Roberts, got into dog training competitions at the early age of 4 when her mother would take her to training sessions and shows. For the last eight years, the St. Croix Central senior has been training her Shetland Sheepdog, Fuji. "I used our older dog just to get me knowing the ropes. Later on I got my dog Fuji and I wanted to do everything with him," Stark said. "As I got older it taught me leadership skills and I really like helping in the 4-H Dog Project."
The Roberts Village Board approved a contract for its siren service maintenance, a credit reduction for a pair of additions to a subdivision and a pair of invoices to Clearas Water Recovery at its Monday, Jan. 14 board meeting. According to village clerk Megan Dull, the board approved a five-year contract with Emergency Communications Systems to perform annual maintenance on the village's three emergency sirens. The contract ensures the rate stays the same for the next five years.
When the Hazel Mackin Community Library staff was looking for an adult author to speak at the library in January, they found Twin Cities author Pat Dennis, the author of "A Hotdish to Die For." "Once we had her confirmed to come visit, the idea to host a hotdish cook-off and have it be a fundraiser for our parking lot snowballed from there," said youth services and programming director Brittany Fahrenkamp.
After several months of changes at the city level in New Richmond, Stephens Sanitation owner Mark Stephens decided it was time to sell local waste management business Stephens Sanitation. The business was purchased by Waste Management, which is one of five garbage haulers licensed by the city.
The Somerset School Board wasted no time approving a trio of recommendations regarding its upcoming referendum during its Monday, Jan. 7 work session meeting.
An early morning house fire in Glenwood Township — 3234 140th Avenue — on Thursday, Jan. 3, left a house unlivable and the Glenwood City Fire Department searching for the cause of the fire. "All of the residents were out of the house. The fire cause is under investigation yet, but the fire did extensive damage to the house and it is unlivable," said Glenwood City Fire Chief Greg Holden.
For several moments in the middle of the night on Oct. 11, 2018, Bradley Traaseth wasn't sure if he'd see his father or brother ever again. A house fire that started just after midnight at his parent's 1430 Meadowlark Lane (New Richmond) home could have changed his life forever.
St. Croix Central senior Claire Frankiewicz has been a Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten. In January 2019 Frankiewicz will achieve the highest honor in Girl Scouts by completing her Gold Award project, a "Fitness Night" at SCC Elementary.
Over the last several months, the future facility plans for the Somerset and New Richmond school districts has become clearer. Somerset is hoping voters will approve an operational referendum to cover a roughly $450,000 budget shortfall, while also looking to get a capital referendum passed to update district buildings. New Richmond, on the other hand, is looking to update its athletic facilities and move its football stadium to the high school, which would allow for more sports to take place on school grounds even after the sun goes down. Somerset Referendum