New Richmond News
The New Richmond High School Academic Decathlon went to the UW-Barron County regional competition on Friday, Jan. 12, and came home with its record-tying sixth straight regional championship.
On Jan. 4, the American Legion Honor Guard provided a special tribute and plaque to John Ball, Sr. at his home honoring 60 continuous years of membership in the New Richmond American Legion Post 80.
The New Richmond Middle School has made it a focus this year to give back. In the fall, the school raised $2,700 to donate to the hurricane relief funds in Texas and Florida. Students were so gracious in their donations and the winning class was able to enjoy a movie and popcorn to celebrate. This winter, the school decided to make fleece blankets to donate to the Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin in New Richmond. This was organized by Karen Stellrecht and her goal was to have each homeroom make one blanket, which would equal 48 blankets donated.
Is a health or business career right for you? WITC will hold a Health & Business Career Expo from 3-6 p.m. on Feb. 6, at the New Richmond campus. This event will benefit current and potential students and local businesses with careers in health and/or business fields.
Wow, January just flew by and now we are looking at February, a great month to think about "loving" your library. Love is in the air and the library is just one more thing to love. We love our patrons, good books, great movies, and fun and educational programs! Did you know that we love our patrons so much that we are a Fine Free Library! Yes, that means that any items you check out from the Hammond Community Library, if they are a day late, you will not be charged a fine for those items.
Cross country skiers and snowshoers of all ages and abilities can join the Centre's first Snowshoe/Ski Club beginning in January. Hikes will depart from the Centre at noon on scheduled Saturdays or Sundays.
Osceola Medical Center celebrated its first baby born at the Birth Center in 2018. Beric Nickelson was born Jan. 5 at 2:42 p.m. by OMC family physician, Erika Helgerson, DO. This adorable little boy weighed 7 pounds, 13.3 ounces and was 21.25 inches long. He was welcomed by parents Trent and Catherine Nickelson.
The St. Croix County Salvation Army and Grace Place Shelter just wrapped up their annual Red Kettle Campaign in December. Last year, the effort raised just over $151,000 during six week campaign. This year, the county residents contributed $155,000 to the efforts. "We are so thankful to all the generous donors and for all the volunteer bell ringers. We could not have raised this much without volunteers willing to give their time to help those in need. Bell ringers are how we are able to serve others in St. Croix County," said local Salvation Army Director Duana Bremer.
Somerset Elementary students were honored as the Students of the Month for December during a recent Spartan Way Assembly held at the school. Honored this month were: Lily Gleason, Sophie Buerger, Raini Johnson, Bella Venable, Megan Kinde, Zoey Peterson, Elin Knutson, Jacob Brouwer, Azariah Conover, Julia Warren, Nolan Murray, Meadow Johnson, Avery Kalhagen, Presley Jensen, Laicey Hanson, Ryder Brewer, Jax L'Allier, Cooper Dawson, Jaylee Coy, Marshall Haukom, Derek Hohler, Grace Kumlin and Blake Thiel.
I'm sure you've heard the saying, "Never judge a book by the movie." The movie Wonder was released in theaters on Nov. 17, and we haven't been able to keep the book written by R.J. Palacio on our shelves lately. In fact, there are still over 90 holds on the 52 copies in the library system. We even placed a copy on our Lucky Day shelf and have been excited to see it circulating regularly. So, in case you are looking for a few new books to kick off the new year, the library staff would like to suggest these titles which will be released on film in the first half of 2018.