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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HAMMOND -- A Thursday night house fire at 1075 Ridgeway St. in Hammond left three people, a husband and wife and their daughter, with an unlivable home. “The owner, his wife and their daughter were at home at the time of the fire. They got out right away. Right now, we are leaning toward the cause being an electrical issue, but it is still under investigation,” said United Fire Hammond Station Fire Chief Andy Jensen.
Tips on How You Can Keep a Loved One Safe in Subzero Temperatures As the cold ensues in western Wisconsin, those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia should be on notice that snow, extreme temperatures and early darkness present challenges. Caregivers may be unsure how to best prepare for these conditions when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. However, the Alzheimer’s Association offers a few safety tips for navigating winter as a caregiver. A few tips from the Association include:
The United Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 692 250th St. in Baldwin Township just before 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The structure was a small, Amish barn. "When the owner called, he said he was trying to heat water in the barn. That doesn't work too well. It was a total loss, but he was able to get all the cattle and a lot of his supplies out as well, which he was happy about," said Fire Chief Gary Newton.
On July 28, Cole Larrieu — a 1999 River Falls High School graduate — was a passenger in a motor vehicle accident that nearly took his life. The convertible he was in went off the road, hit a driveway, launched into the air, hit a tree and landed upside down. Miraculously he survived but was left with the most severe kind of brain injury. Three months ago, Cole was diagnosed with Diffuse Axonal, which is a brain injury that most likely would leave an individual in a nearly vegetative state. However, Cole has fought back and has been thriving through continued therapy.
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.”