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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No parent is ever prepared to hear their child has cancer. Plum City parents of a loving, energetic girl who loves music and school were no exception. Although having Down Syndrome put Kaelyn Nevland at a higher risk of getting Leukemia, her parents — Heather and Chad Nevland — were still shocked when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia B-Cell on June 13.
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.
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 Tschanz family, of Beldenville, has been riding horses for as long as they can remember. However, five years ago the family made the transition to rodeo and haven't looked back since.
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.
When Dr. Chris Kamrath attended the May 21 River Falls Board of Education meeting, he had thought he was just there to introduce himself to the school board after they approved his hiring as the new principal at Westside Elementary. "While I waited for them to get to my part of the agenda, I was amazed to hear all the things they had going on. They are such a proactive district with some of the work and the things that they have going on," Kamrath said. "I walked out smiling knowing that it was going to be a wonderful opportunity."
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."
Last summer, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced it would be allowing siblings of Scouts to join their brothers at the summer Scouting camp. "My favorite part of Cub Scout Camp was the slingshots. Because when you pull it back and let it go, it reminds me of the song Elsa sings in 'Frozen,' where she says 'Let it go!'" said 6-year-old Heather Hilke, whose brother Evan is a Bear Cub in Pack 148. "I also liked the sponge fight. It was cold, but it was still fun. I liked when I tried to throw one at mommy and then I missed hitting dad."
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."