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.
A Somerset man was arrested Tuesday, July 23, for carrying loaded weapons near schools and not cooperating with police. Mark J. Hoffman, 23, of rural Somerset was found walking and carrying two weapons near Somerset Middle School at approximately 12:11 p.m. Officers responding to the emergency call found Hoffman near the intersection of Oak Street and Sunrise Drive. He was allegedly carrying an AR15 style rifle on a sling across his back and a Glock, semi-automatic 45 caliber pistol in a holster on his hip.
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?
At 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, the Baldwin Fire Department was dispatched to a structural fire at the Coachman Supper Club. According to the St. Croix County Dispatch, eight other departments were called for assistance.
While Pilot Flying J corporate workers are under FBI investigation, it is business as usual at Roberts's Pilot Flying J gas station/truck stop, according to Christian Hiort, Pilot Flying J shift leader. "As far as I know, it's really having no affect at all on the individual stores," Hiort said. "They just said... keep doing as if everything was the same, because it pretty much is for us."
A former nursing home in New Richmond could become the new home for Grace Place, a homeless shelter currently operating in Somerset. The former Maple Manor and Deerfield Gables facility, which has been sitting empty since last fall, is being sought by the non-profit organization, according to Duana Bremer, administrative director with The Salvation Army. "I'm hoping it works out," she said. "I think it will be really good and I hope we get community support." The concept plan for the facility is on the agenda for the Tuesday, May 7, meeting of the New Richmond Plan Commission.
A federal lawsuit to stop progress on the new St. Croix River Crossing project, brought by construction company C.S. McCrossan, has been thrown out of U.S. District Court. McCrossan was the unsuccessful bidder for approach work to be done on the Minnesota side of the river.
A capacity crowd attended Saturday morning's St. Croix County land auction at Gibby's Lanes in New Richmond. Most of the approximately 300 people at the event were observers, as only 32 bidding numbers were issued prior to the start of the auction. But the drama was high as auctioneer Barry Hager opened up the bidding.