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 Elementary School gym was full of handshakes and hugs and smiles and tears Thursday, June 2, as the kindergarten and fourth grade classes moved on to the next phase in their education. The kindergarten recognition ceremony was held at noon Thursday, and the fourth grade promotion was held at 2 p.m. Before the student recognition portion of the program began, students in each kindergarten class performed a song or entertaining dance for the audience.
This year's Good Neighbor Award winner has had a close relationship to the Roberts community his entire life. Peter Close, who has lived in Roberts since he was four months old, was named as the 2011 Good Neighbor Award recipient. So what did Close think of being this year's Good Neighbor? "I was honored, surprised, shocked," he said. Although he was shocked to win the award, Close said he had hunch he may have been nominated for the title.
Last weekend proved to be a good weekend for the plethora of Good Neighbor Days events in Roberts. Lions President Gerilynne Wood said in addition to many wonderful volunteers, the weather played a big part in making this year's Good Neighbor Days weekend so successful. "The weather absolutely helped us this year," Wood said. The last two years were rainy on Saturdays, but this year Wood said, "The nice weather I ordered came through." Wood said last weekend was one of the first really nice weekends weather-wise in the area.
Twelve teachers and staff retired from the St. Croix Central School District at the end of this school year. Not only did SCC lose nearly 11 percent of its teaching staff due to retirements, it will also lose around 300 years of experience, according to District Administrator David Bradley.
Twelve teachers and staff are retiring from the St. Croix Central School District at the end of this school year. Not only is SCC losing nearly 11 percent of its teaching staff due to retirements, it will also lose around 300 years of experience, according to District Administrator David Bradley.
This year's Good Neighbor Days co-grand marshals are both active military members. Mike Gunderson and Eric Fisher have been named the 2011 grand marshals. Roberts Lions President Gerilynne Wood said the Lions are thrilled to have the servicemen as Roberts grand marshals. Not only do Gunderson and Fisher serve their country, but the Roberts community as well. Both Gunderson and Fisher have lived in Roberts for 11 years and have been active in the community when not deployed.
The second annual Central St. Croix Area Chamber of Commerce Good Neighbor Days Medallion Hunt is officially over. The medallion was found on Tuesday, May 31. Nate Hetrick and his twin 4-year-old sons Caleb and Cory found the medallion the same day the first clue was posted on the chamber's website. Hetrick said he read the first clue online a little after 8 a.m.
Class motto: "Life brings tears, smiles and memories. The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories last forever." Seventy-nine left their paw print at St. Croix Central High School last Friday. St. Croix Central High School's Graduation and commencement ceremony was last Friday, May 20, in the Tom Sempf Gymnasium. SCC's Class of 2011 had 79 graduates, and of those, 28 were honor students. Forty-one scholarships were awarded to students totaling $25,106. Administrators, scholarship presenters and students reflected on the students' past at SCC through speeches and the class video.
St. Croix Central Middle School English and science classes will soon have 20 "field desks" to share thanks to freshman Alex McKenna. During the public comment time at the regular school board meeting Monday, May 23, McKenna gave a presentation to the board about the Eagle Scout project he created to benefit the school. McKenna is at the Rank of Life in Troop 161. He said he approached high school science teacher John Tackman last November about the project to see if there was a need for field desks in his class or at the middle school.
The goal of an evening golf tournament on Friday, June 17, is to raise money for a towel warmer at the American Heritage Care Center, as part of the center's "Honoring Traditions" program. "By definition honoring traditions is a holistic approach to care that increases resident autonomy and quality of life by residents prioritizing their needs and choices," said AHCC Administrative Intern Betsy Thompson.