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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Local National Guard soldiers and their families were likely glued to the State of the Union Address presented by President Barack Obama last week. Among Obama's key points in his speech was a proposed draw down of U.S. troops in Afghanistan in early 2014. His plan is to reduce the fighting force in that war-torn country by half, from 66,000 down to around 32,000. The news has the soldiers assigned to Company B, 1-128th Infantry National Guard units in New Richmond and River Falls wondering what's in store for them.
While actual completion of the new St.
Sean Duffy Party affiliation: Republican Family: Wife, Rachel, and six children. Age: 41 Educational background: Bachelor's degree in marketing from St. Mary's University; law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Professional background: Worked way through college as a professional lumberjack; and also was a reality television competitor and commentator on ESPN and MTV.
Pat Kreitlow Party affiliation: Democrat Family: Wife, Sharry, and two adult children. Age: 48 Educational background: Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Professional background: Worked at several radio stations, including WAXX-FM and WAYY-FM.
They've been walking their neighborhood for about 11 years, but these days three New Richmond, Wis. women are shaking up their routine just a bit. Mary Sather, Anne Langford and Marilyn McCarty have taken up Nordic walking, a fitness routine that is fast gaining popularity among older adults. For the past month or so, the walking group has picked up canes, ski poles and walking sticks to try the latest craze. Sather, 81, said the idea to start Nordic walking came from her husband, Irv. "Irv's been after me to use canes for quite a while," she said.
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.
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Developers of the proposed Highland Wind Farm in the Town of Forest will not be required to complete an environmental impact statement. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin issued a decision on the possible EIS requirement on July 25. While the five-page document outlines several potential impacts that the wind farm project could have on landowners and the surrounding landscape, its conclusion is that there is "no significant impact" expected from the proposal. Forcing an EIS typically slows down the approval process for such projects.
A couple of helpful bugs are having a significant impact in the battle against invasive plants in western Wisconsin. For the past few years, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources office in Baldwin has been rearing special beetles to aid in their efforts to curb the spread of purple loosestrife, an invasive plant that chokes out native vegetation in wetlands. According to Mike Soergel, wildlife manager at the Baldwin office, purple loosestrife was first arrived in the United States from Europe.
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. 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.