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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The St. Croix Central 50-year anniversary is fast approaching. After nearly a year of planning, the big weekend is here. Prior to 1960 there were two separate schools -- one Hammond School, one Roberts School. But in 1960-61, the schools combined to create St. Croix Central. In 1961, St. Croix Central graduated its first class of students since becoming one district. The weekend will have plenty of opportunities for individuals to reflect on their years at SCC. Friday ALIVE Supper at SCC High School Cafeteria - 5-7 p.m., The cost is a free will donation to help with food planning.
St. Croix Central High Schoolers haven't been sporting their usual school attire this week. On Monday, students came to class dressed in Hawaiian shirts, overalls, Christmas sweaters and bow ties, and on Tuesday, some students went to school dressed like Hogwarts characters. The unusual attire is part of the homecoming week festivities. Homecoming week is Sept. 19-23, and homecoming courts were announced last Thursday, Sept.
Although Kristi Denver's mom, Pat, 68, passed away on May 7, Denver says her mom had died years earlier when dementia and Alzheimer's left her unable to speak, walk or eat. "My mom died a long time ago, before she actually died, because that wasn't my mom. It was, but it wasn't. When you watch that, it was almost a blessing when she passed away. It hurt of course, but I missed for my mom for so long that I didn't want to see her like that. She wasn't my mom, she was some little frail lady who didn't have a brain," she said.
Although the crowd was smaller than previous Village of Hammond board meetings, there was still a handful of people at the Monday, Sept. 12, meeting. While discussion of the resident petition related to solving the sewer deficit continued at the September meeting, one new topic on the agenda involved an adjustment of Tax Increment District #5 and its levy impact, in the amount of millions of dollars. Petition The village received a revised resident petition on Aug.
A house not usable on the St. Croix Animal Friends property in Roberts was burned as practice for the Roberts-Warren Fire Department last Saturday, Sept. 10. The burn was the first phase of preparing the St.
St. Croix Central Elementary School students are learning about more than math and science this school year. The Panther Pride Behavior Model was implemented at the beginning of this school year. Since the end of last school year, SCC staff members have worked together to create the Panther Pride Behavior Model to be used at all grade levels at the elementary. Special Education teacher Rebecca Suennen and third grade teacher Lindsay Bruder created a brochure listing the expectations of students, parents and teachers in the district.
There were plenty of llamas, ribs and laughs in Hammond last Saturday, Sept. 10, at the 15th annual Running of the Llamas. Activities during the day included kid's activities, a craft fair, a brief parade, the highly anticipated running and Rib Fest. "Despite lower attendance this year, overall the Running of the Llamas was more organized than any other year," said Paulette Anderson, ROTL committee member.
Libraries have long been thought of as a hub for residents to find community, entertainment and educational resources. The Hammond Community Library is taking the educational element to the next level by offering homeschool programs. The Hammond Community Library homeschool programs aim to enhance the learning experience for homeschooled students in the area. "The library can be more than just books and movies. It is a place that can offer many different types of programs for the whole community," said Library Director Michelle Johnson.
Community education classes start in September, and while many of the most popular classes are returning this fall, there are plenty of new classes on the St. Croix Central Community Education roster. Among the new classes are: Rustic Ruins of Southeast Mexico and Travel Yucatan taught by Leila Albert. "She's a very interesting lady who is head of the Baldwin Historical Society," said SCCCE Director Paulette Anderson.
Prepare for llama-rama this weekend, as llamas take over Davis Street in Hammond Saturday. The 15th Annual Running of the Llamas is planned for Saturday, Sept. 10, with events starting at 10 a.m. The Running of the Llamas started as an appreciation day at the Hammond Hotel 15 years ago, and has grown into a highly anticipated day of food, entertainment, and of course, dozens of llamas. Michelle Johnson, one of the event organizers, describes the day as a fun-filled, unique experience. Most of the events take place at or near the Hammond Hotel located at 820 Davis St., Hammond.