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 St. Croix Valley's most recent social networking effort can't be found on the Internet or on Twitter. We the People TimeBank has kicked off its volunteer cooperative movement in St. Croix County and Washington County, Minn., with the goal of creating stronger communities. Barbara Lambert, Stillwater, Minn., has formed the local TimeBank chapter and conducted one organizational meeting. Only about 10 people have joined the movement so far. "Were a start-up, so it's gradually getting there," she said.
A $100,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice may help stop young offenders from becoming hardened criminals in St.
If the financial picture continues to improve at the St. Croix Health Centers nursing home, officials joke that new Administrator Frank Robinson might have a statue erected in his honor. He laughs at the thought. Since taking the reins at the facility in May, Robinson has been working with staff members and the St. Croix County Board to implement a five-year plan to erase the operations red ink without sacrificing the quality of care provided. Robinson reported to the Health and Human Services Board on Nov.
Business and legislative leaders from St. Croix County got to know each other a little better last week. The St. Croix Economic Development Corporation sponsored its first ever Legislative Networking Event at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond on Nov. 10. State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), State Rep. John Murtha (R-Baldwin) and State Rep. Kitty Rhoades (R-Hudson) were on hand to meet business people and WITC students and to answer questions from attendees. State Rep.
U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold knew what he was in for as he walked toward New Richmond High School last Wednesday. Feingold had scheduled his St. Croix County listening session in the school's auditorium the morning of Aug. 26 and a large crowd had assembled. Like at several previous gatherings in other parts of the state, Feingold realized the majority of the people in the crowd were there to talk about health care reform. Similar town-hall-type meetings across the nation have resulted in everything from shouting matches to lengthy civil discussions.
A line of eight cars that pulled up to the Bass Lake Rehabilitation District's annual picnic turned more than a few heads on Aug. 15. That's because the vehicles didn't use the road that others had arrived on. These cars came to the party via the lake. Members of the St. Croix Valley Amphicar Club were honored guests at the summer gathering. The club members, who own vintage amphicars that operate on both land and water, get together once a month in the summer for an area "swim-in." The Bass Lake adventure began at Meister's Place bar in Boardman the morning of Aug. 15.
Area residents who work in Minnesota could face a more taxing tax season next year. Minnesota Gov.
Jason Raymond always loved farming. So when he started to research ideas for a future career, dairy farming seemed like a good idea at the time. Little did he know he'd be riding an economic roller coaster for more than a decade. Raymond, who milks 100 head of dairy cows in rural New Richmond, is one of dozens of producers in St. Croix County who have experienced the ups and downs of the farming industry over the past few months. Six months ago, milk prices peaked at around $22 per hundredweight.
A ball of fire forever altered Joe Dubak's life two years ago. On Dec. 29, 2006, Dubak was working to dismantle an abandoned car at his place of employment north of New Richmond. He was unaware that a gas tank with gallons of fuel was inches away from his blow torch. When the flame of his salvage tool hit the fuel line, a giant explosion resulted. Dubak was engulfed in flames. "The gasoline ejected all over me and down my boots," he said.
A ball of fire forever altered Joe Dubak's life two years ago. On Dec. 29, 2006, Dubak was working to dismantle an abandoned car at his place of employment north of New Richmond. He was unaware that a gas tank with gallons of fuel was inches away from his blow torch. When he flame of his salvage tool hit the fuel line, a giant explosion resulted. Dubak was engulfed in flames. "The gasoline ejected all over me and down my boots," he said.