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 School Board is continuing to look at options to effectively communicate with the community about what is happening in the district, especially those who may not have a vested interest in the schools. The review and discussion of community engagement materials raised a major discussion among those board members present at the board learning meeting on Monday, April 4.
For almost 30 years, Eldon Myer, 70, of Hammond, has been collecting farm history in a miniature way. In the last three decades, Myer has collected more than 1,000 toy farm tractors. His hobby started in the early 1980s, when he came across a few toy tractors at Christmas time that reminded him of the equipment he saw growing up in a farm family, in East Ellsworth.
The Roberts Ribbon Reapers 4-H Club is sponsoring a huge indoor garage sale on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, to raise money for a new dairy barn at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds. This is the ninth year the 4-H Club is hosting the garage sale fundraiser. On average, the sale raises about $1,000, which is pretty good considering almost every item is marked at only 50 cents. The fundraiser wouldn't be a success without donations of gently used items from community members.
Since January the St. Croix Central School district has had a committee focused solely on infusing discussion and activities related to diversity in every classroom. "Mr. Bradley sent out an email to staff in early January wondering who might be interested in being a part of this committee. Since that initial email, we have had great interest and participation from staff (teaching and non-teaching), parents, community members, and we are working on student representation as well," said Shannon Donnelly, middle school special education teacher and chairwoman of the Diversity Committee.
Teachers at the St. Croix Central Elementary School are using teacher collaboration and student data to improve instruction. Since the school purchased the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, teachers have been able to keep their instruction very focused by grade level, through the use of resources to track and assess student progress.
District Administrator David Bradley and District Accountant Jen Kleschold presented a 2011-12 budget adjustment estimate, including a list budget reductions to balance the perceived deficit at the St. Croix Central School Board meeting March 21. Bradley and Kleschold provided the board with a 2011-12 budget adjustments table based on the current three-year rolling average and applied a 5.5 percent reduction, which is $529 per student. Based on their calculations, the district would be missing an estimated $724,962.90 out of this year's budget. Kleschold calculated Gov.
Around 375 people showed up to watch local residents hoof around the St. Croix Central High School gym Thursday, March 17. The donkey basketball fundraiser raised $1,200 for the SCC Graduation Association. While some stubborn donkeys made it difficult for their riders to maneuver around the gym, unwilling to move after pushing, pulling and pleading, more outgoing donkeys bucked and ducked at pivotal points in the game, sending their riders flying and the audience laughing. Four teams competed in the donkey-back basketball game; Roberts Lions Club, Loco Talent, SCC Staff and SCC Seniors.
The issue of how to fill the vacancy of the deputy clerk position after Mary Hemenway's retirement raised questions about cost-savings versus continuity in the office at the regular Village of Hammond board meeting on March 14. The board looked at two options for filling the vacancy -- either hiring two part-time employees or one full-time employee. Trustee Erin McComb explained both options, including the potential savings of each.
It's safe to say Daisy Troop 54321 is in a bit of a cookie crunch. The troop has 130 cases of cookies that still need to be sold. With 130 cases, 12 boxes of cookies per case, at $3.50 a box, the troop currently has $5,460 worth of cookies that they hope community members will want to buy. The troop is made up of 19 kindergarten and first-graders, ages 5-7; Led by Robin Marx, Molly Henderson and Autumn Afdahl. With the girls' young age, door-to-door sales are sometimes difficult especially with the recent winter weather.
How do you dispose of your unwanted medications? Do you flush them down the toilet, throw them in the garbage or leave them in the medicine cabinet? As of March 1, residents in Hammond and Roberts can dispose of their old or unneeded prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications in secure bins at the local police departments, as part of the St. Croix County Medication Disposal program. Hammond Police Chief Rick Coltrain said the program is aimed at keeping prescription drugs out of the "wrong hands" or into the sewer system.