Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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Governor Scott Walker announced Thursday, Aug. 8, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) major disaster declaration for eight counties impacted by flooding in June. The counties named in the declaration are St.
A 66-year-old River Falls man died in a two-car accident at the intersection of County Road G and County Road T near New Richmond Wednesday morning. Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene in Erin Prairie Township at 6:25 a.m. July 31. According to a press release from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office, William R.
The Polk County Sheriff's office has released preliminary autopsy findings related to the death of Isaiah Theis, the 2-year-old boy from Centuria, Wis. who died earlier this week. According to the autopsy, completed by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey, Minn., the boy was a "normally developed, well nourished" toddler. The report indicates that there were "no life threatening traumatic injuries or natural disease processes identified." Also, the report states, there were no fractures identified. Listed as the cause of death?
The County Market building in southern New Richmond, which has been sitting empty since Dec. 31, 2006, may finally have a new purpose. The Administration Committee for the St. Croix County Board voted Monday to recommend that the Health and Human Services offices be moved to the former grocery store location. The purchase price for the building, if approved, would be $1.28 million. The full county board will consider the matter at its Aug. 6 meeting.
NEW RICHMOND -- When it was first founded, the Momentum Chippewa Valley organization formed to help the region weather the economic impact of losing 3,000 jobs in Eau Claire. Since the 1990s, however, the non-profit economic development agency has expanded its service area from its original three up to 10 counties and changed its name to Momentum West. The organization, through its Executive Director Russ Korpela, works to encourage job creation and business growth in much of western Wisconsin.
Tracy Green became visibly agitated when talk of the possible closing of St. Croix Industries filled the room. A 28-year-old woman with developmental disabilities, Green has been an employee at St. Croix Industries for seven years. Her job entails everything from stuffing envelopes to assembling products for local businesses to placing labels on mailers. More than the work, however, her regular shifts at the county-operated occupational training facility are a chance for Green to interact with others and enhance her self worth. It's no wonder that a recommendation from the St.
BALDWIN -- The Joint Committee on Finance, made up of state senators and assembly members, met for seven hours April 18 to gather testimony from people concerned about budget priorities. Hundreds were on hand at Baldwin High School auditorium to watch proceedings or get on a list so they could have two minutes to speak. Among members of the committee were State Sen.
For the first time in its four-year history, the St. Croix County Economic Development Corp.'s annual Legislative Update at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New Richmond included some political diversity. Until this year, St. Croix County was represented by three State Assembly members and one State Senate member, and they've all been Republicans for quite some time. This year, thanks to a redrawing of legislative district boundaries, the county has some different faces representing it at the state capital in Madison.
Pat Kreitlow challenges incumbent Sean Duffy for the 7th U.S. Congressional District seat. Sean Duffy Bio Party affiliation: Republican Family: Wife, Rachel, and six children. Age: 41 Educational background: Bachelor's degree in marketing from St. Mary's University; law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Professional background: Worked way through college as a professional lumberjack; and also was a reality television competitor and commentator on ESPN and MTV.
They've been walking their neighborhood for about 11 years, but these days three New Richmond, Wis. women are shaking up their routine just a bit. Mary Sather, Anne Langford and Marilyn McCarty have taken up Nordic walking, a fitness routine that is fast gaining popularity among older adults. For the past month or so, the walking group has picked up canes, ski poles and walking sticks to try the latest craze. Sather, 81, said the idea to start Nordic walking came from her husband, Irv. "Irv's been after me to use canes for quite a while," she said.