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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Jason Rhode has spent many nights on a ladder in St. Croix Central Elementary School, painting the wall. He said he hopes his efforts will promote children's literacy. "Reading is the most important thing for kids to learn," Rhode said. "It's the foundation of everything else they need for math, science..." Rhode, an art teacher at St. Croix Central Elementary, is painting a mural composed of characters from children's books on one of the school's walls. The mural includes characters (and the tree house) from Mary Pope Osborn's "Magic Tree House" series, "Flat Stanley," Junie B.
St. Anne's Catholic School in Somerset has added three new teachers to their staff. The teachers were asked to provide a little information about themselves, which can be viewed by clicking the Photo Gallery link.
Carol Moenke, 69, fell down 14 steps, breaking both wrists, fracturing a vertebra in her neck, dislocating her jaw and acquiring many bruises. Her husband Jim Moenke is recovering from knee surgery. While both are recovering well, Jim Moenke said cooking meals has been difficult for the couple.
The 16th annual Running of the Llamas included an entirely new race this year: an alpaca race. The first-ever alpaca race at the Running of the Llamas went very well, according to Sheila Fugina, who has been in charge of coordinating the llamas, and now alpacas, taking part in the race since the first Running of the Llamas 16 years ago. "It was very good for everybody, I think," Fugina said. "It was interesting for people to really see the difference between llamas and alpacas." Llamas, Fugina said, are generally larger than alpacas, and have longer ears and faces.
For its 10th birthday, Grace Place is inviting people to join a celebration on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Grace Place is also asking for sponsors for its 10th birthday. According to Grace Place Director Duana Bremer, the shelter has had sponsors for each room in the shelter since it began operation in 2002. However, after 10 years, Bremer said it was time to start a new group of sponsors. According to Bremer, 11 rooms have already been claimed by groups from River Falls, New Richmond, Somerset and Hudson. There are still three bedrooms, and seven other rooms unsponsored.
The pavement being put down this week on the under-construction area of County Road Z, south of Hammond, is not going on top of typical gravel. Jeff Durkee, St. Croix County Highway engineer, said the road contains an additive chemical that strengthens the gravel. Durkey said County Road Z is one of four roads so far on which the St. Croix County Highway Department has used this road additive, "Base ONE aggregate base stabilizer." "It allows us to keep it (the road) wide at less of a cost," said Durkee. When roads are strengthened, gravel is typically added to improve the road.
Lois Hall will be honored by the Hazel Mackin Community Library and Library Board of Roberts in recognition of her 38 years of support at an open house event in the community room of the Hazel Mackin Community Library from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. "I'm very pleased that we are going to honor somebody who is a very special person," said Dora Rohl, president of the Library Board of Roberts.
This Summer, Somerset High School student Elsie Shartin-Folkert got to meet one of her heroes at Canyon Creek Sports Camp in Lake Hughes, Calif. Shartin-Folkert, daughter of Anastasia Shartin and David Folkert, had the opportunity to play a scrimmage soccer game with Lauren Cheney, member of the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal-winning USA Soccer Team "It was the coolest opportunity because winning a gold medal in soccer is one of my dreams," said Shartin-Folkert. Cheyney was a special guest at Canyon Creek Sports Camp this summer.
With all the hot weather this summer, Somerset tubing companies said business was booming this summer. Kelly Montpetit, Float Rite Park office manager, said Float Rite Park had a terrific summer. "We had a great season," Montpetit said.
The Somerset Village Board decided to hire KLM Engineering Inc. to inspect its water tower as Sprint improves it's antenna. Sprint leases the Somerset water tower as a place to mount its antenna. Sprint is planning antenna modification that would involve welding and some changes to the structure of the water tower railing system. The Village of Somerset Board decided to hire KLM Engineering in order to ensure the quality of the work. KLM Engineering is a Lake Elmo, Minn.-based company that specializes in water tower inspections.