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Volunteers installed carpet Friday, May 3, in the large main building that St. Croix Central Elementary is using to house its offices as well as kindergarten through second grade students for the rest of the year. St. Croix Central is leasing Rolling Ridges Girl Scout camp from Girls Scouts River Valleys as a school location. Other work to prepare the camp for use as an elementary school included cleaning bathrooms, building railings, installing locks and other cleaning and maintenance work.

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On Friday afternoon, May 3, teachers in white face masks and blue rubber gloves walked through the dim halls of St. Croix Central Elementary School.


Tears fell, even as water dripped from the ceiling of what was left of the office area. The staff, stepping over soggy ceiling tiles, were allowed to enter the building and view the damage, as well as retrieve some personal items from their classrooms. Some staff had not yet seen their classrooms.

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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