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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They've been walking their neighborhood for about 11 years, but these days three New Richmond, Wis. women are shaking up their routine just a bit. Mary Sather, Anne Langford and Marilyn McCarty have taken up Nordic walking, a fitness routine that is fast gaining popularity among older adults. For the past month or so, the walking group has picked up canes, ski poles and walking sticks to try the latest craze. Sather, 81, said the idea to start Nordic walking came from her husband, Irv. "Irv's been after me to use canes for quite a while," she said.
At 91, Vernice Evans may be one of western Wisconsin's best examples of someone living a life of vitality. "I think staying active and having a lot of friends helps you stay healthy," she said. "I've had my share of health issues, but I've kept going." Evans has been the front desk receptionist at the New Richmond News for more than 18 years and she still comes in several days a week to greet customers, proofread and answer phones. "At least people have stopped asking me when I am going to retire," Evans said with a laugh.
This was not the news supporters of a new river crossing at Stillwater wanted to hear. U.S District Judge Michael Davis on Thursday issued an opinion to stop the proposed new bridge over the St. Croix River. after considering the matter since Sept. 14, 2009. "I think it's a very disappointing decision," said U.S. Rep. Ron Kind on Thursday afternoon. He added he's already been on the telephone with area leaders about the ruling and he's committed to working with local authorities to push the bridge plan forward. "We're going to work very hard to fix this," he said.
A line of eight cars that pulled up to the Bass Lake Rehabilitation District's annual picnic near Hudson, Wis. turned more than a few heads on Saturday. 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, Wis.
With the snip of a scissors, Disney Channel star Demi Lovato helped launch a new anti-bullying Web site Friday, Aug. 7. Lovato, who was bullied when she was younger, has partnered with PACER Center's National Center for Bullying Prevention to help champion its anti-bullying movement. "They say that sticks and stones can break your bones, but names can never hurt you," Lovato told a crowd of young fans, parents and PACER staff at the launch ceremony. "With my experience I've learned that's completely not true.