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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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.
Pink-clad people from around the Roberts area and coming from as far as Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., shook their hips in the St. Croix Central Elementary School gymnasium to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation on Oct. 6. The event was the first-ever Party in Pink Zumbathon to be hosted in Roberts. It was put on by local Zumba instructors Michelle Calcagno and Caryl Wyley. "It's a movement," Calcagno said.
The second annual Showcase Roberts is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lisa Christiansen, who is organizing the event, said new this year there is that will be food available. Some local restaurants are going to be there, and have foods to sample and purchase. The Roberts Lions Club will also be there with pop and water for purchase. And, as last with year, Christiansen said business from Roberts will set up booths in the Saint Croix Central Elementary School Gym.
Town of Hammond residents will have one more vote to cast on Election Day. The November ballot will include a referendum asking Town of Hammond residents if they want to make the town treasurer an appointed position. At the Oct. 1 meeting of the Town of Hammond Planning Commission, Planning Commission Chairman Paul Heug said moving to an appointed position would help the town move forward.
Paul Oman was serving as a pastor in Birchwood in 2006 when he decided to try painting in front of the congregation. "I painted for our Good Friday worship," Oman said. He said he chose that service because it usually drew less of a crowd than Sunday worship. If the painting didn't go over well, Oman said he figured at least it wasn't Sunday. "Just the opposite happened," Oman said. News of Oman painting through a church service spread through word-of-mouth, and more and more churches and colleges began asking Oman to come paint for their worship services.
Fire departments were called to 1030 Davis St. in Hammond for a fire in an apartment building at around 1:20 p.m. Oct. 5. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. It took around 10 minutes to put out the fire, according to United Fire-Hammond Station Assistant Station Chief Erich Weinert. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and estimated damage is unknown. To find out more, see the full story in the Oct. 11 print edition of the New Richmond News.
Around 80 St. Croix Central elementary school kids are tasting the rainbow this month, but not by eating multicolored candies. The children are taking part in the B Challenge, put on by the Baldwin Area Medical Center. The program meets once a week at both St. Croix Central and Baldwin-Woodville elementary schools. It runs for four weeks. At each meeting the children make a healthy snack, and learn about nutrition, do outdoor activities then go inside to do some Zumba.
For its 10th birthday, Grace Place held a celebration and invited the community to come visit the shelter. Grace Place Director Duana Bremer said around 175 people attended the event. She said many people asked for tours of the shelter. "It was hugely successful," Bremer said. "In fact, the advisory board would like to have this be an annual event." Bremer said community members came from all over St. Croix and parts of Pierce County to see Grace Place. Some of the former residents that came to visit shared their stories.
After a conference this past summer with the Somerset School District administrative team, Susie Kadlec became interested in creating a program at Somerset High School that would bring greater community involvement into the high school. Somerset High School already had the WatchD.O.G.S. program in place, headed by Jerry Sullivan. So, when Kadlec asked high school principal Shawn Madden about programs to promote community involvement, Madden put Kadlec in touch with Sullivan. Kadlec and Sullivan worked together to revamp the WatchD.O.G.S.