Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D.
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What started as a vehicle fire Thursday afternoon quickly grew and destroyed a pole barn in Somerset Township. Travis Belisle, Somerset Fire/Rescue chief, said the call came in around 4:40 p.m.
Chris "Hardcore" Langer is divorced, has two children, is dating a tattooed lady named Jinx, has been convicted of drunken driving -- and he's running for president of the United States of America. "I'm a no-nonsense kind of guy and I have never done anything I wouldn't admit to," he said. Langer, 39, a New Richmond resident and co-owner of Inkfreak Inc.
Colleen O'Shaughnessy is tired of people dumping animals on her property. As director of Gregory's Gift of Hope, 1374 Hwy. 65, in New Richmond, O'Shaughnessy said she's bombarded daily by people who want to bring strays, abandoned animals and pets to her facility. When she tells them no, they threaten her with euthanizing the animal or decide to dump the animal on her doorstep, knowing she won't turn them away. "I started this as a kennel -- a profitable business," she said. "Now I've become a dumping ground for the county.
Issues with New Richmond Shared Ride's new vans forced the company to pull them off the road for a week, but the vans should be back in service later today. The handicap-accessible vans are brand new, said Rob Mooney, manager of New Richmond Shared Ride and River Falls Shared Ride. They were purchased with a federal grant the city received two years ago and are being leased for $1 a year to New Richmond Shared Ride. On March 22, Mooney said he got a call from Top Hat Inc., which owns several taxi companies -- including Chippewa Falls, New Richmond and River Falls.