Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previouly 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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As the weather cools down, the construction season is beginning to wind down in preparation for winter. In the Roberts area, the roundabouts on State Highway 65 should be finished within the next month, according to Chris Ouellette, northwest regional communications manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. "We are anticipating that all the roundabouts will be completed by Nov. 7," Ouellette said. However, the exchange between Interstate 94 and Highway 65 in Roberts is a two-year project, Ouellette said.
An exhibit displaying the various types of ducks found in St. Croix County has moved to the Hazel Mackin Community Library in Roberts. The duck display started in Hudson, moved to New Richmond and is now at the Hazel Mackin Community Library. It will move to the River Falls Public Library in November. The St. Croix Wetland Management Office staff members are available to give talks about ducks and other wildlife in the area on request. Malick said requests for these presentations have gone up since the duck display began its migration through the local public libraries.
Kids chatted and conspired as they planned the best way to use their tiny robots made of toothbrushes to sweep rice off the black parts of the paper map each group had been given. Small buzzing sounds wove around the kids chatter as the little robots' motors ran. Around 54 fifth- through seventh-graders participated in the Eco-Bot Challenge, held at Somerset Middle School on Oct. 11. The Eco-Bot Challenge is the 2012 4-H National Youth Science Day Challenge. Jessica Sprain, interim 4-H Youth Development Program advisor, said this is the first year St.
Children from St. Croix Central Elementary School who participated in the Scholastic Read for the World Record program gathered on the playground for a photo Friday, Oct. 12. The Scholastic Read for the World Record program was an internet-based interactive reading challenge for kids. The goal was to create a new record for most minutes spent reading this past summer. Kids joined their school's team online, chose their own books to read, and logged their reading minutes online.
Mark Benton was appointed the Village of Hammond's new trustee at the last village board meeting, Oct. 8, filling the vacancy left by Brenda Monroe, who resigned last month. Benton was runner-up for trustee in the last election, losing to Vince Trudell in a coin-toss tie-breaker. Benton is a quality manager at an injection molding firm.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has installed a set of new traffic signals at the intersection of Wisconsin Highway 65 and 70th Avenue in Roberts. According to a news release by the Wisconsin DOT, the lights should become operational on Friday, Oct. 19. The Wisconsin DOT warns that drivers should be cautious travelling through that intersection while the lights are being started up. The intersection near the active construction zone at the Interstate 94 and Wisconsin Highway 65 interchange.
When she gets a chance, Dawn Palazzo likes to sit down and chat with the seniors enjoying their meals through the Hammond and Roberts senior nutrition programs. "I really enjoy when I can sit down at lunch time when I have the chance," Palazzo said, "to sit down and get to know the folks." She is the new senior center nutrition program manager for Hammond and Roberts. "Seniors are, I feel, a very important part of our population," Palazzo said. "They have a lot to teach us.
The Village of Hammond has filed suit against Ayres Associates Inc. (Eau Claire). According to the complaint Hammond filed, Ayres was contracted in 2004 to engineer and design wastewater treatment facilities for Hammond including up to four discharge seepage cells with a calculated disposal capacity of around 450,000 gallons per day. Hammond claims Ayres guaranteed the seepage cells would have the disposal capacity of about 450,000 gallons per day, but the seepage cells did not perform up to that standard.
Pastor Brian Williamson of the Bridge Bible Church smiled as he described his congregation's plan for the space they are in the process of purchasing for their worship space. Williamson said it won't be a typical church building. For starters, the building used to house a strip mall. "We want this space to be unique and just be a more modern expression of church," Williamson said.
Firefighters from United Fire and Rescue Hammond, Roberts and Baldwin were called to an apartment fire at 1030 Davis St. on Friday, Oct. 5, at around 1:20 p.m. They were able to put the fire out in roughly 10 minutes. Chrissy Ritchie and Scott Waisanen were in the process of taking items from storage to their apartment. They left to retrieve another load from storage, and returned to their apartment. When they opened the door, they saw smoke in the air. "We just shut it and called 911 right away," Waisanen said.