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.
- Member for
- 1 year 5 months
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.
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.
St. Croix Central High School was recognized as an employer that supports guardsmen or reservists, by the Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of Guard and Reserves. Eric Fisher, Air Force member and special education paraprofessional at the high school, nominated the school for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, because of the support he's received when he's been called to perform military duty.
The Hammond and Roberts Lions Clubs hosted a successful truck and tractor pull last Saturday. Between 300 and 400 spectators attended the Saturday afternoon pull in the Roberts Village Park on Aug. 27. All profits from the pull go to the Roberts Food Pantry, which serves families in the St. Croix Central School District. While the donation total has yet to be calculated, Roberts Lions President Gene Hanson said he believes the pull raised more money this year than previous years, due to increased attendance and food and beverage sales.
The St. Croix Central School District will have more than a few new students this year, 13 new teachers were hired for the start of the 2011-12 school year. Following is a list of the new hires and some of their biographical information. Name: Jonalee Buckel Family: Husband Chris, works at SCC High School, teaching social studies. Kids: Jenna, 17; Sadie, 14; Marianna, 10; and Hayden, 4. Position in the district: Eighth grade language arts, reading Education: Master's degree from the University of St.
The St. Croix Central 50-year anniversary is in less than a month. "An anniversary is a celebration of a milestone. Hammond and Roberts will celebrate the 50th-year anniversary of the consolidation of their school districts on the weekend of Sept. 23," said Beth Monson, event organizer and 1969 SCC graduate. After nearly a year of planning, Monson says final preparations for the St. Croix Central 50-year anniversary are starting to fall into place, but she's still waiting for people's RSVPs and pre-payments to some of the weekend events. History In the last 50 years the St.
Due to higher than expected enrollment numbers in the St. Croix Central 4-year-old kindergarten program, the district recently added an additional 12-student classroom. The addition means the Trinity Lutheran Church site will have two morning sessions and one afternoon session of 4K. Jennifer Olson, director of special education and student service, said the growth was unexpected. "At the end of last school year we had enough space to accommodate all students registered.
When Randy and Aimee Staples said "I do" at an intimate ceremony in the church of the Heritage Center in New Richmond, they never imagined their special day would be shared with thousands of people across the Midwest. Their Sept. 18, 2010 wedding is featured in the fall edition of Minnesota Bride Magazine.
As the days of summer dwindle down, enrollment in the St. Croix Central School District continues to go up. In recent weeks all three schools have seen an increase in student enrollment. At the school board meeting on Monday, Aug. 15, Elementary School Principal Steve Sanders said in just one week the elementary gained 17 additional students. "I'm at 118 in kindergarten. In five sections that puts 24 in three sections and 23 in two sections, so we're right at the brink on that. With 130 in first grade, what puts me at 21-22 in each class, so that's pretty good.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 10, the St. Croix Central High School gym has more sports spirit. Last week more than a dozen sports recognition banners went up on the walls of the gym. Mike Nielsen said he always thought the gym walls were pretty bare, so when he was approached about helping make the banners a reality he jumped on board right away. Bob Brooks spent six weeks researching all of the St. Croix Central sports accomplishments.