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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Two Village of Hammond residents have started a grassroots campaign to get fellow residents interested and informed about what's being done with taxpayer money. Sarah Colwell said it was learning of a more than $300,000 sewer deficit in the village that sparked her to start a campaign to encourage Hammond residents to attend the monthly village board meetings to "let their voices be heard" about issues in the village. "The whole intent (of the campaign) is to bring the community together to work on a huge deficit that affects every single resident," Colwell said.
Accountability for the sewer deficit was one of the main topics discussed at the regular Village of Hammond board meeting on Monday, June 13. Around two dozen residents attended the meeting, and much like previous meetings, many of those in attendance voiced their opinions about some of the issues facing the village. Village Auditor Tom Kortas was present at the meeting and answered board members' questions concerning the sewer deficit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.