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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When Dr. Chris Kamrath attended the May 21 River Falls Board of Education meeting, he had thought he was just there to introduce himself to the school board after they approved his hiring as the new principal at Westside Elementary. "While I waited for them to get to my part of the agenda, I was amazed to hear all the things they had going on. They are such a proactive district with some of the work and the things that they have going on," Kamrath said. "I walked out smiling knowing that it was going to be a wonderful opportunity."
For most people, there isn't much to think about when it comes to getting yourself to and from work, or to and from the grocery store. However, for anyone with a visual impairment, those simple tasks aren't quite as simple. "I have yet to gain a lot of knowledge on what I would do when I'm out of college, including how I would get to work or home from the grocery store," said eighth grader Silvia Liberatore. "It is important to me to pay attention to figure out and learn these things so I can be successful in my life."
Last summer, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced it would be allowing siblings of Scouts to join their brothers at the summer Scouting camp. "My favorite part of Cub Scout Camp was the slingshots. Because when you pull it back and let it go, it reminds me of the song Elsa sings in 'Frozen,' where she says 'Let it go!'" said 6-year-old Heather Hilke, whose brother Evan is a Bear Cub in Pack 148. "I also liked the sponge fight. It was cold, but it was still fun. I liked when I tried to throw one at mommy and then I missed hitting dad."
St. Croix Central High School students will be among students across the country who will walk out of school on Wednesday, March 14, in support of the 17 slain Florida high school students and to draw attention to the need for change that will better safeguard their schools. "This is not a political event. This is about the safety of all our schools and the latest 17 victims," said SCC HS principal Kurt Soderberg. "It is an individual choice to participate or not participate. We support their right to gather peacefully."
On Thursday, Feb. 8, the New Richmond Area Ambulance Service will enter its fifth decade of service after making its first run 50 years ago in 1968. "It is just unreal to think that it is still around now, and still community owned," said Chuck Mehls, who was instrumental in the creation of the ambulance service, He served as operations chief for many years. To celebrate, the NRAAS will host a reunion/open house for current and past first responders, EMTs and anyone associated with NRAAS through the years 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.
Most days of the week, students go from class to class, reading from books, doing experiments, having discussions or solving math problems. However, every Wednesday afternoon at Somerset High School, students have the opportunity to pursue a passion, learn something new or try something different they normally wouldn't have room to fit into their schedules.
Small, sparsely populated districts across the state have received $18.5 million in sparsity aid. Unlike most categorical aids, which are targeted to a specific program or service, sparsity aid may be used for general school operations. For the 2017-18 school year, 144 districts qualified for sparsity aid based on membership of 745 or fewer students and density of less than 10 pupils per square mile of the district's geographic area. The Elmwood School District received $98,446.
Most of us have seen a music video from one band or artist at some point in our lives, but have you ever wondered what it is like to be in a music video? New Richmond teen Samantha Cook, 18, found out after entering an email contest to be part of rapper NF's latest music video, "Outcast," which was released on Oct. 5. "This was probably one of the most exhilarating experiences I have ever had! During the process, I don't think it officially sunk in that I was actually filming with NF," Cook said. "It was so worthwhile!
Students across the globe take part in exchange programs every year to experience living and going to school in another country. But it's rare that a superintendent and his son share a closeup look at the education system of another country, especially one like China.
With Hudson High School being without a true library while expansion construction continues, students might not have had the same access to books as they did in the past. Especially when it comes to books they could read for pleasure. But with the nearly 1,000 titles English teacher and Young Adults' Choices Project district coordinator Kimberly Powers has collected and distributed throughout the district over the last eight years, students shouldn't have a problem finding a book or two that might interest them.