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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July 3, 1972, is the day that changed Somerset forever. That night, television reporter Charles Kuralt used his weekly "On The Road" segment to highlight what locals already knew. Tubing down the Apple River was a fun summertime activity. That night upwards of 52 million people were watching the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and many were introduced to tubing for the first time.
Dozens of area law enforcement and public safety personnel, along with their families, attended a somber St. Croix County Law Enforcement Memorial Day event May 15 in New Richmond. The gathering was the first such local memorial ceremony, which focused on those officers, deputies and public employees who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2012. A list of more than 150 names was read aloud as part of the evening. "We are here to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice," St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts told the crowd of several hundred.
The future of the St. Croix County Health Center nursing home in New Richmond is anything but secure. Voters who overwhelmingly approved a recent referendum indicating their support for use of taxpayer money to subsidize the St.
Tempers flared as a special meeting of the St. Croix County Health and Human Services Board was called to order April 4. But by the end of the 90-minute gathering, however, things had calmed considerably. The meeting was called by Chairperson Esther Wentz, who was concerned about action taken earlier by county officials to begin downsizing the St.
The weather matched the mood, as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker met in Stillwater, Minn., for a joint press conference Friday afternoon. The two governors were along the banks of the St. Croix River to conduct their own celebration in the wake of recent congressional approval of a bill that will help pave the way for an eventual new bridge connecting the two states. As the celebration and press conference began, the clouds parted, the sky turned blue and the sun shone brightly.
It's déjà vu for St. Croix County voters and their apparent desire to operate a county-owned nursing home. An advisory referendum will be included on the upcoming April 3 election ballot asking county residents if they want a portion of their tax dollars to continue to support the St. Croix County Health Center's nursing home in New Richmond. Voters overwhelmingly approved a similar referendum in 2008, 27,219 "yes" to 14,648 "no." Not much has changed since that vote, according to Esther Wentz, chairman of the county's Health and Human Services Committee and a St.
There's a favorable political wind blowing in Wisconsin for future turbine projects designed to generate electricity. When the state legislature adjourned last week, no action was taken to amend wind turbine siting rules that had been temporarily suspended over the past 12 months. As a result of the inaction, the previously adopted rules went into effect with little or no fanfare. That was good news, according to Jay Mundinger, founding principal of Emerging Energies of Wisconsin LLC, which is proposing a 41-turbine wind farm in the Town of Forest in northeastern St.
Wednesday, March 14, was a big day in the progress toward an eventual new bridge over the St. Croix River. That day President Barack Obama officially signed into law legislation to authorize the St. Croix River Crossing Project. The bill had received wide bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. "President Obama's signature today is a historic step toward making the St. Croix River Valley a better place to live, work and visit," said John Soderberg, co-chairman of the Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing.
Supporters of a proposed new bridge across the St. Croix River gathered to celebrate Saturday morning, March 4, in Stillwater, Minn. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 339-80 on Thursday morning to exempt the proposed new St. Croix River Crossing project from the restrictions of the Federal Wild & Scenic Riverway Act. The U.S. Senate previously approved the same bill on a unanimous vote. The action paves the way for eventual construction of a new four-lane bridge over the St. Croix River at Stillwater, Minn., and Houlton.