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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The morning of Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, came with sad news for many in the area as they learned that 2-year-old Marlee May Erlandson of Beldenville died after battling Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. When things took a turn for the worse, Marlee's family, including her mother Josie, put together a bucket list of things that Marlee had always wanted to do.
Four years ago, Buena Farrell started shooting Santa sessions at her Buena Farrell Photography studio in Ellsworth. After her first year of assembling setups for the shoot, Farrell felt like she could get more out of them before tearing them down. So, instead of tearing down the backdrops and holiday setups, Farrell decided to use them again for a charity photo shoot.
After attending the FFA Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., Ellsworth High School students Kailey Brenner and Roslind Anderson are both working on Living to Serve Plans with the goal of helping the local community in some way. Hat and mitten drive For her project, Anderson created a plan to collect winter clothes for students who can't afford them.
With a goal of getting locally sourced produce into the hands of those in need, the United Way of the St. Croix Valley worked with local farmers to start the Farmers Fighting Hunger program.
After hosting the Pierce County Dairy Breakfast this past summer, the Colbenson family was excited to ask community members back to their farm — Ti-Shi Dairy, Inc. — for "Milk & Cookies with Santa on the Farm."
The neighbors on West Charlotte Street in Ellsworth will host their second annual “Christmas on West Charlotte” holiday get together from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. “We’ve lived here for about four years now and the Christmas decor along the street has only grown since we moved in,” said West Charlotte Street resident Deb Wright. “My husband gets a little carried away when it comes to Christmas lights and decorations, and I think he and one of our neighbors have a friendly competition going on.”
After a successful run as a playwright, and following up on the success of her "Books of Elsewhere series," Jacqueline West's newest series — the Collectors duology — will bring readers into a whole new world with new wonders and mysteries to explore.
After welcoming their eighth child, Mikey, into the world, some might have thought the Langers were done adding members to their family. However, after being blessed with Mikey, who has Down Syndrome, the family felt their lives had been enriched in so many immeasurable ways that they decided to look at adopting another child with Down Syndrome. "About two years ago, we started looking. (Georgiy) was the first one to enter our hearts. And has never left. Our children are ecstatic to have another child and especially at the idea of another Down Syndrome child," said Cassie Langer.
Historian William P. Jones, professor of history at the University of Minnesota, will share his insights into the relevance of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike within the context of today’s issues of economic inequality and workers’ rights during a lecture at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater in the University Center and will be preceded by a reception at 4 p.m.
The Oct. 10 release of the online video game Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case on WPTeducation.org not only gave elementary level students a new way to have fun while learning at school, but it also put Elmwood Elementary on the map throughout the state. Fourth grade teacher George Klink, along with a number of his students, contributed to the development and testing of the game over the last two years.