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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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.
Lois Hall was honored by the Roberts Library Board on Sept. 25 at the Hazel Mackin Community Library. Hall was honored for her commitment and years of service to the library since the organization that became the Friends of the Library began in 1974, of which Hall was a founding member.
It was a pleasant day in the park with nice weather, food, games and dogs everywhere. Around 50 to 100 people and their dogs came to the third annual St. Croix Petapalooza, according to Protective Animal Welfare Society of Western Wisconsin (PAWS of Western Wisconsin) President Shar Patnoe. She said that is around twice the attendance of last year's event. "Everybody was pretty busy," Patnoe said.
The Somerset school principals have each started their own Twitter account. They are using Twitter to communicate with students and parents. Of course, the tweets from each school tend to vary. For the elementary school, Principal Darren Kern said his tweets cover important things happening in school. "For example," Kern said, "I tweeted about kids doing the morning announcements." It was Kern's idea to start using Twitter as a new way to communicate with parents.
The second annual "Petapalooza" is set for Sunday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Warren Township Park, near Roberts. The event is a joint effort on the part of several pet nonprofits in the St. Croix Valley: PAWS (Protective Animal Welfare Society) of Western Wisconsin, Gregory's Gift of Hope, Helping Hands for Pets, CatTown Rescue and St. Croix Animal Friends. "It's an event to get the public out to scope us out and see what we're doing in the St.