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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The employees at the St. Croix County Health Center nursing home appear ready to talk about wage concessions, if elected officials can provide some assurances that the facility will remain open for the forseeable future. That's the message the St. Croix County Health and Human Services Committee heard Friday, as the committee members discussed a possible business plan for the New Richmond nursing home. Fred Johnson, director of the county's Health and Human Services Department, outlined several scenarios for the future of the facility.
A small group of local residents showed up to cheer a group of politicians who toured the Stillwater, Minn., lift bridge Friday afternoon. "Build the bridge," they chanted over and over. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann headed straight for the group when the tour was done, shaking hands and thanking them for their encouragement. Dayton and Bachmann joined Minnesota and Wisconsin state legislators, Stillwater officials and other elected officials from both sides of the St. Croix River for the gathering.
The St. Croix County Health and Human Services Committee met for three hours Friday, Feb. 24 to discuss possible business plans for the continued operation of the county-owned nursing home. While the goal of the meeting was to endorse a preferred business strategy for the New Richmond facility, the group came to no conclusion. As it became clear that no one had a specific proposal to eventually recommend to the St.
The news surrounding the future of the St. Croix County Health Center nursing home is far from rosy. At the Dec. 15 meeting of the Health and Human Services Committee, members reviewed the recently completed strategic planning report and another 2008 study related to the nursing home's financial future. The LarsonAllen report indicates that if the county wanted to build a new 40-bed nursing home and 48-unit assisted living complex, the financial picture would improve slightly over the next decade.
There was little disagreement among the four legislators who participated in the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation's legislative forum Dec. 14. That's because the event, held at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New Richmond, featured four Republican legislators from the region. State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls); State Rep. John Murtha (R-Baldwin); State Rep.-elect Erik Severson (R-Star Prairie); and State Rep.-elect Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) attended and presented a fairly unified message. The four are part of a Republican majority in the Assembly and Senate.
The St. Croix County Health Center's nursing home was making good progress on its five-year strategic plan. In the first year since implementing that plan, the nursing home had weaned itself off its county levy support to the tune of 35 percent. The previous year, county taxpayers helped subsidize the nursing home operation by about $1 million.
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A proposal to construct a wind turbine network in the Town of Forest, east of New Richmond, isn't being met with universal support. A number of local residents have been attending Town of Forest Board and Planning Commission meetings over the past few weeks to voice their displeasure with the plan. The project is being promoted by Emerging Energies of Wisconsin LLC, a Hubertus company that is involved in several wind farm projects across the region. Emerging Energies has been studying wind speeds in the St.
A longtime New Richmond police officer died Oct. 26 at his home. The death of Sgt. Scott Turbeville, 39, a 12-year member of the local police department, has been ruled an "accidental death" by the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department. "We do not suspect any foul play," said Hillstead. He added, "It was not a suicide." Turbeville graduated from Central St. Croix High School in Hammond in 1990. After high school, he enrolled at Chippewa Valley Technical College and completed his degree in law enforcement. According to his obituary, Turbeville's first job was with the St.