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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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.
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.
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.
The Opera for the Young performance at the St. Croix Central Elementary School on March 3, was an opera full of fun. The Opera for the Young program presented an adaption of "Pirates of Penzance" to all elementary school students. The performance included humor, student involvement and exposed students to a style of music they may not have been familiar with. "Opera for the Young brings live opera to students at an age-appropriate level.
In an effort to put "all options on the table" in response to Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget cuts, the St. Croix Central School Board discussed the possibility of economic-based layoffs and other cuts within the district at the board special meeting March 7. Layoffs were just one of the many budget cutting options. As the district has no real reserve money, the only options to cut costs are in staff, building maintenance or facility improvements, extracurriculars or by cutting programs or looking at different health care plans.
The St. Croix Central Elementary School cafeteria resembled something out of a Dr. Seuss book on March 3. The ALIVE group hosted a Dr. Seuss family night and dinner followed by an evening talent show. The cafeteria was decked out in all things Seuss, from well-known Seuss character cut outs to Seuss-themed games and activities. There may not have been any talking cats, but there were plenty of people in striped hats. After enjoying a dinner of ham sandwiches, veggies, chips and bars, children and their parents participated in many of the Seuss-tivities happening around the room.