Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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Did you grow up with Harry Potter and his friends as they navigated the halls of Hogwarts and fought against the Dark Lord and his minions? If so, the upcoming Hogwarts After Hours fundraiser at the Hudson Area Library might just be up your alley.
Dr. David Florence, 88, hasn't let age stop him from continuing to write books about his life, which has been filled with excitement making for interesting stories.
On a small family dairy farm just north of River Falls, people from throughout the area can be found taking part in yoga classes six times a weekend in the Lubich family's yard. However, the humans aren't the only ones taking part in the Have Ya Herd Goat Yoga classes.
The 2018 Western Wisconsin Walk to End Alzheimer's was held at the New Richmond High School on Saturday, Sept. 15.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16, the Kinnickinnic Historical Association will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Kinnickinnic Historic Church with a two-day event. "Celebrating the 150th anniversary goes beyond the celebration of the building itself. It is the celebration for all the people in the community who cared enough to get that church and maintain it for all these years," said KHA president Amy Thurston. "These were very hardworking people and I'd like to acknowledge those people."
It is often said that you can't judge a book by its cover. The same thing can be said, according to Autism Support Group of St. Croix Valley founder Peg Scott, about people with disabilities. To help reinforce that notion, as well as help raise funds for the organization, Scott gathered several of her friends with disabilities to put together a music video to enter a national contest.
For the last 15 years, children who came to the Hudson Area Public Library would most likely interact with children's librarian Mary Davis through one of her programs, her puppet shows or reading with her during storytimes. "I really enjoy the people here. I enjoy what I do, like telling stories and doing programs for kids," Davis said. "I love introducing the kids to new books, new characters and new authors." However, someone new will be running the children's programming come September, as Davis will retire from the library at the end of the August.
The biggest change to 2018 Hammond Heartland Days is that almost every event during this year's festival will be moved to the tractor pull site (1800 Ridgeway St.), according to festival coordinator Dusty Anderson. In addition to the site change, the community appreciation dinner and pie/ice cream social will be moved from Thursday night to Friday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m. The dinner will also include the presentation of the 2018 grand marshal and Heartland Awards. The festival runs from Friday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 12.
The River City Chorale will kick off its tenth season by presenting “Awake My Soul and Sing,” a summer concert series at the end of July. Over 150 vocalists from Hudson, Stillwater, the St. Croix River Valley, the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin will share a blend of vocal music with the community.
For most people, there isn't much to think about when it comes to getting yourself to and from work, or to and from the grocery store. However, for anyone with a visual impairment, those simple tasks aren't quite as simple. "I have yet to gain a lot of knowledge on what I would do when I'm out of college, including how I would get to work or home from the grocery store," said eighth grader Silvia Liberatore. "It is important to me to pay attention to figure out and learn these things so I can be successful in my life."