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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UPDATE (3:06 p.m., Dec. 31, 2014): A missing River Falls teen has been found and is now back with her family. According to Chief Deputy Scott Knudson of the St...
They’d seen signs before, but Lori Loney and her siblings first realized there was something wrong with their mom, Kelly Strand, after taking her to San Francisco for her 80th birthday. “On the way home, we knew something wasn’t quite right,” Loney said. “She just seemed different.” Loney’s usually sharp-minded mom was acting strange. She started saying things like “I can’t remember.” Memory problems are normal for seniors, but Loney and her sister Joni Herum — both River Falls residents — said their mom seemed a bit more confused than was normal.
Somerset area parents have a new option for childcare. Sonshine Learning Center, a New Richmond-based daycare, has opened a new location in Somerset. "We (had) been praying about where God wanted us to go next with our Christian childcare," said co-owner Kris Dodge, "and Somerset was very clearly laid on both of our hearts."
Crowds of people, from small children to adults, came to participate in and watch the third annual Yellowstone Trail Road Race Saturday, June 29, in Roberts. The run actually consisted of three separate races, an eight-mile run that started in Hammond near the intersection of Highway 12 and County Road TT, a 5K loop through Roberts and a two-and-a-half block kids' fun run. The kids' fun run was new this year, according to Lisa Christensen, who coordinated the event with Tera Busker.
The St. Croix County branch of the Salvation Army kicked off its "Christmas in July" campaign Friday, June 28. The campaign will last through the month of July. According to Duana Bremer, director of the Salvation Army of St. Croix County, the money is needed to allow the Salvation Army to continue its programs locally. Programs include providing gas vouchers to help people afford gas to get to work and other important appointments, rent and utilities assistance, Grace Place Homeless Shelter in Somerset and other programs. Bremer said funds are so low this year, the St.
The St. Croix Central School District had planned to hold its 2013 elementary summer school program at the middle school before the April 30 fire closed the elementary school building. This was due to planned upgrades to the school, said summer school director Nic Haug. So far, the middle school location has been working out very well, Haug said. "A lot of our teachers were already thinking of different ways of teaching," Haug said. "They were already in the mindset of 'this is what we do with the stuff we have.'"
After being homeless off and on for the past four years, Christal Luellen is in a home and working toward maintaining her independence, through a new program begun by the St. Croix and Polk County branches of the Salvation Army. The Supportive Housing Program (SHP) was created to help people who have extra difficulty finding permanent housing. "It's a good chance to get back on your feet," Luellen said.
Kathie Grengs and Darlene Charbonneau have been friends since the day Grengs walked next door to welcome Charbonneau to the neighborhood, more than 40 years ago. They have spent a lot of time together over the years and still take walks together almost daily. They also share a mutual enjoyment of the game Mah-jongg. Grengs learned to play Mah-jongg in the Florida retirement community where she spends her winters. When she returned to Somerset, she taught Charbonneau to play as well.
The St. Croix County branch of the Salvation Army is preparing for its "Christmas in July" Red Kettle Campaign. The campaign begins at the end of June and lasts through the month of July. According to Duana Bremer, director of the Salvation Army of St.
Dylan Anderson was planning to hold a fundraiser for his own school, Island City Research Academy in Cumberland, but when he heard about the April 30 fire at St. Croix Central Central Elementary School, he changed his plans. "I thought it would be better used here (at St.