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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Right when plans for a 4-year-old kindergarten program in the St. Croix Central Central School District started falling into place, a statement by Wisconsin State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) has made the school board take another look at the costs and benefits of 4K. One item on the St. Croix Central Board learning meeting agenda Feb. 7 was plans for the 4K program for fall 2011 and a proposal to no longer fund 4K programs. The board discussed the risks associated with funding a 4K program, especially in terms of coping if state funding diminished.
If having a sense of humor could prevent cancer, the last 12 months would have been quite different for Scott Neudecker, 46, of New Richmond. A year ago Neudecker noticed a small sore on the bottom back part of his tongue. He said at first the sore just felt like a bad canker sore, but when the sore didn't go away and got increasingly more painful, Scott knew something wasn't right. He went to the doctor and was told the sore was "probably nothing." The doctor gave him ointment to apply to the sore.
More than 100 St. Croix Central kindergartners filled the cafeteria the morning of Feb. 4 to celebrate the 100th day of school. At the entrance of the 100th Day Carnival was a sign that read "Hurray it's the 100th day." And each kindergartner wore a paper light bulb around their neck that said, "I am 100 days brighter today." Elementary School Secretary Lori Sather said the school celebrates the day because 100 days of school is a "kindergarten milestone." Sather said the students had looked forward to the celebration all week, even practicing counting to 100 for the big day.
It's unanimous at the St. Croix Central Elementary School ... Mr. Green is golden. The district's Building and Grounds Superintendent Greg Green's 52nd birthday was Feb. 5 and on Feb. 4 the school had a celebration in his honor, complete with cards, cake, artwork and poems. Green, of Roberts, graduated from St. Croix Central in 1977 and has been working in the district since. Elementary School Principal Steve Sanders says Green's roots and pride in the St. Croix Central School District shows through in his work. "I think if you cut him open, he'd bleed blue. He is a true St.
While most of Wisconsin was cheering on the Packers during the game Jan. 23, Caleb Peterson had his own rally of fans in attendance at a benefit held for him at Badlands Golf Course. Peterson's mom, Julie, said there was a huge outpouring of support at the benefit, "I am not sure we have an accurate count, but it was standing room only after the Packer win!" "The support from all of the communities, our church and many-many friends was overwhelming. People drove from all over Wisconsin and Minnesota to attend. Caleb really enjoyed visiting with most of them," Julie said.
The St. Croix Central School Board voted to purchase new math resources for grades 6-12, at the board meeting on Jan. 17. The St. Croix Central Middle and High School will adopt the Holt McDougal/Larson mathematics curriculum for grades 6-8 and pilot a project using the Holt McDougal/Larson high school series.
January was National Blood Donor Month, and as January came to an end the American Red Cross tried to make up for a low blood supply, do in large part to winter weather. According to the American Red Cross, "Severe winter weather throughout much of the United States has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations since the beginning of January." Apparently Mother Nature decided to give blood donors a break on Jan. 27, because 41 people from the Roberts area donated blood at the Roberts Congregational United Church of Christ.
Around 50 people showed up for the first "Music and a Meal" event at the Roberts Congregational United Church of Christ on Jan. 20. Attendees escaped the below freezing temperatures outside and warmed up with a meal of chili, salad, french bread, desserts and beverages. The "Carr Creek" duo sang gospel bluegrass music, entertaining the crowd as they ate. Member Terry McKinley said the church received positive comments and "gratitude for the meal, praise for the wonderful music and excitement for the next event on Feb.
What do you get when you have students, endless amounts of snow and spray bottles filled with paint? You get winter weather works of art. Fourth grade students in Jason Rohde's art class have been taking their creativity to the great outdoors, building and painting sculptures in the snow around the elementary school. Rohde said six years ago he "got the idea from the Nazca Lines in Peru and the Effigy Mounds in Iowa." The idea is a hit with students and they weren't shy about expressing how fun outside classes are.
Yoga is often associated with quiet, focus and serenity. Not words often associated with 3- to 5-year-olds. The Hammond Library's story-time group is trying incorporate calming yoga movements in its new program "Active Kids with Yoga for Kids." The group meets every Thursday, Jan. 13 through Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at 1250 Broadway St., in Hammond.