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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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.
Cmdr. Brian Sittlow of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force, a Roberts native, is being honored with a prestigious peer-nominated award, recognizing the highest standard of excellence in personal character, example and leadership. Sittlow is the commander of the submarine USS Boise, which is based at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. Sittlow is receiving the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award (Stockdale Leadership Award), an annual award established by the U.S.
For the third year running, one team of participants from Christ Lutheran Church (Somerset) in a charity fundraiser walk will face creative consequences for not raising the most money. In order to support the regional CROP Hunger Walk, Christ Lutheran Church has, for the past two years, divided its participants into two teams. One is led by Scott Wells and the other is led by Jon Tulman. Rev.
When she was a senior at St. Croix Central High School, Stephanie Wipf (then Zwald) and another student selected, directed and organized the costuming for the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as a sort of final senior project. Now, Wipf, who graduated from SCC in 2004, has gone from high school drama to professional acting. She is playing the part of Aouda, an Indian princess, in the Open Window Theatre's production of "Around the World in 80 Days." This is Wipf's first show at the Open Window Theatre. "I've had a really great time with the director and stage managers," Wipf said.
St. Croix Animal Friends has owned land debt-free since the fall of 2010 near the intersection of Interstate 94 and State Highway 65 in Roberts, but building an animal shelter on that land might still be a few years off, SCAF Secretary Vicki Donatell said. "It takes a lot of money to build a facility and we know we can't do it with brat stands," Donatell said. "It takes greater resources than that." SCAF owns 6.6 acres of land, which Donatell said is a large enough space that the whole site can be developed.
Shana Conde described it as a dark time in her family's history, a time of difficulty, frustration and fear. Conde's family moved to Oregon so her husband could start a business with his cousin. Unfortunately, Conde said, the business was a failure. It was time, Conde said, to go back to Osceola, the family's hometown. "We came back to nothing," Conde said. So the Conde family went to the Salvation Army for help and was sent to Grace Place.
St. Croix Central High School in Hammond celebrated homecoming week from Sept. 17 to Sept. 21. SCC students dressed up each day according to that day's theme. Monday was look-alike day, Tuesday was superhero day, Wednesday was class color day, Thursday was salad dressing day and Friday was spirit day. At the homecoming pep-fest on Friday, SCC students held some friendly inter-grade competitions to gear up for the game that night. To see photos of the pep-fest, click the photo gallery link.
In their first official meeting on Sept. 18, the Somerset Community Foundation voted in board officers, including President Jay Emmert, Vice President Paul Wenzel, Secretary Randy Rosburg and Treasurer Joe Green. Other board members include Scott Wells, Brad Nemec and Casey Goessl. The Somerset Community Foundation has been in the works since April and has finally met the requirements to become affiliated with the St. Croix Valley Foundation. This first official meeting has set up the Somerset Community Foundation for operation; however, it was officially founded on Aug.