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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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.
Although it began due to a tragedy, Panther Camp turned out to be a never-to-be-forgotten experience for the approximately 700 students and teachers who spent the last part of the 2012-13 school year there. "There's only 700 people that did this, all the kids and the staff, we have something in common, a link forever," Principal Steve Sanders said. After a Tuesday, April 30, fire displaced the students and staff of St. Croix Central Elementary, the school district scrambled to find an alternative school location so students could get back to classes as soon as possible.
The identity of the recipient of this year's "Good Neighbor" award didn't remain a secret for long after Roberts Lions Club President Mike Bowman began his speech. "He's dedicated his last 30 years to this community as a great leader, a great mentor," Bowman said. "It's amazing what this guy's devotion has been to the community." Steve Sanders, St. Croix Central Elementary principal, received the 2013 "Good Neighbor" award. As he announced Sanders as the recipient, Bowman praised Sanders' leadership within the Roberts community. Bowman acknowledged the recent difficulties the St.
David Bradley wasn't ready to retire five years ago, when he started working as St. Croix Central School District superintendent. But he is now. Bradley began his career in Iowa, working for 11 years as a vocal music instructor followed by 22 years in school administration. Bradley said the step from music instruction to administration was natural to him, because he's always enjoyed leadership roles. "My mom tells me I've always liked to tell people what to do," Bradley said.
In honor of her 30-year career at St. Croix Central High School, SCC declared May 22 "Joyce Helmueller Day," and held a pep fest at the high school in Helmueller's honor. Helmueller, a high school secretary, said she was surprised and honored by the celebration. She said she isn't one to seek out attention. "I felt like it wasn't just about me," Helmueller said in a May 23 interview.
Joyce Helmueller knew it was time to retire this year. She had been thinking about retirement for a few years, she said, but hadn't been ready. Now, it's time. "I have a lot of mixed feelings about it, but I'm ready," Helmueller said. "I'm ready for a new adventure in my life." The 2012-13 school year has been Helmueller's 30th year at St. Croix Central. She began her career as secretary for the SCC athletic director.