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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At 91, Vernice Evans may be one of western Wisconsin's best examples of someone living a life of vitality. "I think staying active and having a lot of friends helps you stay healthy," she said. "I've had my share of health issues, but I've kept going." Evans has been the front desk receptionist at the New Richmond News for more than 18 years and she still comes in several days a week to greet customers, proofread and answer phones. "At least people have stopped asking me when I am going to retire," Evans said with a laugh.
Wisconsin's system for reimbursing costs associated with the residential care of people with disabilities is being scrutinized, due to a class action lawsuit filed last week. According to the complaint filed last week in the U.S District Court Western District of Wisconsin, some clients with developmental disabilities are being unfairly singled out for rate cuts.
Unless the St. Croix County Health Center nursing home turns around financially, the taxpayer-subsidized facility could close. That was the clear message from some members of the St. Croix County Health and Human Services Board during its regular meeting Monday, July 9. During a review of financial statements for the first five months of 2012, consultant Trent Fast from CliftonLarsonAllen indicated that the nursing home's deficit situation continues despite attempts to cut costs and enhance revenues. According to current projections, the nursing home faces a $634,559 deficit for 2012.
The future of the St. Croix County Health Center nursing home in New Richmond is anything but secure. Voters who overwhelmingly approved a recent referendum indicating their support for use of taxpayer money to subsidize the St.
At first glance, the founding members of the St. Croix County Traumatic Brain Injury support group don't appear to have many troubles. A short conversation about the impact of such injuries on the three individuals quickly puts that initial impression to rest. When Marty Kolstad suffered a mild stroke in 2008, his whole world was turned upside down. He had to give up his job with Lockheed Martin. He has since struggled through a variety of challenges, including memory problems and trouble with dropping things. "It's kind of been an uphill battle ever since," he said.
As St. Croix County voters prepare to vote on a non-binding referendum question in April, the current financial health of the county-owned nursing home in New Richmond is becoming a bit clearer. At last Wednesday's Health and Human Services Committee meeting, Department Director Fred Johnson reported that the 2011 books are nearly ready to be finished. County officials have until the end of March to complete the financial reports concerning last year. As the numbers are finalized, Johnson told the committee that it appears the St.
As St. Croix County voters prepare to vote on a non-binding referendum question in April, the current financial health of the county-owned nursing home in New Richmond is becoming a bit more clear. At last Wednesday's Health and Human Services Committee meeting, Department Director Fred Johnson reported that the 2011 books are nearly ready to be finished. County officials have until the end of March to complete the financial reports concerning last year. As the numbers are finalized, Johnson told the committee that it appears the St.
The St. Croix County Health Center nursing home may be in for some changes in 2012. The county's Health and Human Services Committee met Dec. 14. A major topic revolved around the county owned facility and its financial viability. The company the county has contracted to provide interim nursing home administrator services, Pathway Health Services, recently completed an evaluation of the current nursing home operation. Pathways determined that the appropriate size of the New Richmond nursing home might be either 50 or 57 beds.
Two of the area's state lawmakers attended the third annual St. Croix County Economic Development Corp.'s legislative forum Dec. 5. Held at the New Richmond campus of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, the forum provided a chance for attendees to ask questions and get an update on state business during a 90-minute event. In opening statements, State Rep. John Murtha (R-29th District) said the Republican-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov.
NEW RICHMOND -- The non-descript complex of buildings, tucked away on the western edge of New Richmond, has three letters outlined in stone to identify itself to passing motorists. CIP is the Challenge Incarceration Program, an earned early release prison facility that has been changing the lives of criminals for 20 years. Inside its walls, the buildings house some 100 to 130 inmates who are pushed to the limit in an intense, boot-camp-like program designed to change their criminal mindset, teach them the discipline needed to become productive members of society and give them hope for a brig