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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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.
For the last 40 years, Kempo-Goju Hudson has been training pharmacists, lawyers, history professors and hundreds of other people who are looking for a way to stay active while also learning discipline and self control.
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.
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.
Four years ago, Buena Farrell started shooting Santa sessions at her Buena Farrell Photography studio in Ellsworth. After her first year of assembling setups for the shoot, Farrell felt like she could get more out of them before tearing them down. So, instead of tearing down the backdrops and holiday setups, Farrell decided to use them again for a charity photo shoot.
After attending the FFA Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., Ellsworth High School students Kailey Brenner and Roslind Anderson are both working on Living to Serve Plans with the goal of helping the local community in some way. Hat and mitten drive For her project, Anderson created a plan to collect winter clothes for students who can't afford them.
With a goal of getting locally sourced produce into the hands of those in need, the United Way of the St. Croix Valley worked with local farmers to start the Farmers Fighting Hunger program.
Over the past seven years, the Somerset School District has made significant reductions to balance its operating budget, according to a survey sent out to district residents. Those reductions have included: • Reducing classroom budgets • Reducing the technology budget and delaying computer replacement/upgrades • Shifting health and dental insurance to employees • Delaying building maintenance as well as safety and security updates • Eliminating a bus route • Reviewing vendor contracts for reductions and efficiency.