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 month before he turned 18 on April 16, River Falls High School senior Andrew Schlee was excited about what the future held for him after high school. However, his world came crashing down just a few weeks before his birthday when he was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma, with a tumor in his abdomen.
For many people across the region, this past winter was one of the worst in recent memory, both for the record-breaking amounts of snow and extreme cold. Given the issues the weather has already caused many people, it would be easy for those with septic systems to forget to think about maintaining those systems until it is too late.
For the fourth year in a row, the Friday Memorial Library will host the Local Authors Showcase, which will feature readings from Jim Guhl, Gail Wallach Buell and Marilyn Jess. The event will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. The event will also include readings from several members of the Willow River Writers group, which was founded five years ago and includes members from western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.
After many months of concerning behavior, including severe tantrums, loss of language, poor eating, a lack of adequate communication growth, and a deficit in age level social skills, Lindsey Moreland was diagnosed with autism when she was just 28 months old.
Since graduating from River Falls High School in 2012, Lindsay Getschel has gone on to major in political science at Luther College, get her masters in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and intern at the United Nations in the department of peacekeeping operations. After finishing her internship, Getschel got a job at the Stimson Center, an international security and policy research institute, or "think tank," located in Washington, D.C.
HAMMOND -- A Thursday night house fire at 1075 Ridgeway St. in Hammond left three people, a husband and wife and their daughter, with an unlivable home. “The owner, his wife and their daughter were at home at the time of the fire. They got out right away. Right now, we are leaning toward the cause being an electrical issue, but it is still under investigation,” said United Fire Hammond Station Fire Chief Andy Jensen.
Throughout his life, author and former area school superintendent Dan Woll, of River Falls, has loved to write. As a superintendent, Woll wrote a weekly column which served to stoke the fires of his writing passion. In 1988, Woll decided to write something for fun, so he sent the Eau Claire Leader a story, which was subsequently printed in the paper.
Tips on How You Can Keep a Loved One Safe in Subzero Temperatures As the cold ensues in western Wisconsin, those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia should be on notice that snow, extreme temperatures and early darkness present challenges. Caregivers may be unsure how to best prepare for these conditions when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. However, the Alzheimer’s Association offers a few safety tips for navigating winter as a caregiver. A few tips from the Association include:
The United Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 692 250th St. in Baldwin Township just before 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The structure was a small, Amish barn. "When the owner called, he said he was trying to heat water in the barn. That doesn't work too well. It was a total loss, but he was able to get all the cattle and a lot of his supplies out as well, which he was happy about," said Fire Chief Gary Newton.
On July 28, Cole Larrieu — a 1999 River Falls High School graduate — was a passenger in a motor vehicle accident that nearly took his life. The convertible he was in went off the road, hit a driveway, launched into the air, hit a tree and landed upside down. Miraculously he survived but was left with the most severe kind of brain injury. Three months ago, Cole was diagnosed with Diffuse Axonal, which is a brain injury that most likely would leave an individual in a nearly vegetative state. However, Cole has fought back and has been thriving through continued therapy.