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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St. Croix Central High School students will be among students across the country who will walk out of school on Wednesday, March 14, in support of the 17 slain Florida high school students and to draw attention to the need for change that will better safeguard their schools. "This is not a political event. This is about the safety of all our schools and the latest 17 victims," said SCC HS principal Kurt Soderberg. "It is an individual choice to participate or not participate. We support their right to gather peacefully."
Small, sparsely populated districts across the state have received $18.5 million in sparsity aid. Unlike most categorical aids, which are targeted to a specific program or service, sparsity aid may be used for general school operations. For the 2017-18 school year, 144 districts qualified for sparsity aid based on membership of 745 or fewer students and density of less than 10 pupils per square mile of the district's geographic area. The Elmwood School District received $98,446.
Students across the globe take part in exchange programs every year to experience living and going to school in another country. But it's rare that a superintendent and his son share a closeup look at the education system of another country, especially one like China.
Consecutive failures of a pistol to discharge saved the life of a New Richmond resident following a confrontation with her son, according to the New Richmond Police Department. He was allegedly set on killing her, because “the only way he could move forward in his life was to end hers,” officers said.
After three years with sub .500 records, the Ellsworth Panthers football team took care of business against the Baldwin-Woodville squad to secure its first winning season in three years Friday, Sept. 22 at King Field. "Our kids played very well on Friday against a very physical Baldwin Woodville squad," said Ellsworth co-coach Rob Heller.
The Ellsworth Panthers volleyball team picked up a pair of Middle Border Conference wins over Amery and Somerset to build momentum heading into a pair of road games this week. The Panthers defeated Amery 3-1, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Amery, after overcoming a tough second set to earn the win.
Although the Prescott Cardinals football team had its chances against a strong Osceola team, the Cardinals weren't able to pull out the win against the No. 2 team in Division 4. "We were a different team this week than we were against New Richmond. We had them on the ropes in the second quarter when we were driving for a touchdown, but we threw a pick-six and the 14-point swing really turned the momentum in Osceola's favor going into the half," said interim head coach Kevin Haglund. "We just couldn't catch back up from there."
After seeing their fortunes take a drastic turn for the better — with an undefeated record through the first four games of the 2017 season — the Prescott Cardinals football team was knocked back to earth in a 49-0 loss to New Richmond on Friday, Sept. 15, in New Richmond. "We came out flat. New Richmond had arguably one of their best games of the season, while we had our worst," head coach Kevin Haglund said. "They were clicking on all cylinders and we were not. It is hard to compete when you come out flat and don't bring the same intensity that the other team does."
The Ellsworth Panthers lost in straight sets to the St. Croix Central Panthers on Thursday, Sept. 14, in Ellsworth in the team's Middle Border Conference opener. "I thought we did some good things in this game, but also struggled in some places we have been pretty solid for most of the season," coach Nicole Vande Berg said. "We really struggled on serve receive. SCC got us stuck in a few rotations we couldn't get out of, mostly because we couldn't pass the first ball." St. Croix Central scored 25-17, 25-16 and 25-19 wins in the match.
The Ellsworth Panthers played a lot of volleyball on Tuesday, Aug. 5 and Thursday, Aug. 7. The team played six games over those two days in a pair of quads. Despite going 4-2 over that two-day span, coach Nicole Vande Berg thought her team was rather flat and could have done better in closing out matches.