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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Running the Hammond and Roberts Senior Nutrition sites is a lot like running a restaurant, according to Jordan Pechuman, new site manager for the Hammond/Roberts senior centers. "There's a lot less stress and pressure at this job," Pechuman said.
St. Croix Central Middle School's upcoming performance will be a full performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Preparing for the performance has been challenging, middle school music teacher Michelle Schmitt said, because the 90-minute performance contains no spoken words. The performance is entirely sung. "It helps them remember the words, but the vocal stamina is tricky," Schmitt said. "We did incorporate some of the harmony too." Schmitt said the students have risen to the challenge well.
The unusual variety of weather this season has made it difficult to keep the roadways clear of ice and snow,according to St. Croix County Highway Commissioner Tim Ramberg. One of the most difficult weather conditions to deal with, Ramberg said, is freezing rain. "You can't really plow ice," Ramberg said. He said it needs to be melted off with material like road salt.
Hammond recently received $5,286.72 in a class action lawsuit settlement. The money is Hammond's piece of a $105 million settlement of a lawsuit over the chemical atrazine. The money is to reimburse the village for the cost of removing the chemical from the community water system. A trace amount of atrazine was found in Hammond's water system in 1999, said Hammond Village Attorney Tim Scott. He said this qualified Hammond for compensation under the lawsuit. The case was begun in 2004 by the law firms of Korein Tillery of St.
A settlement has been reached in Dylan McHenry's National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) case against Teamsters Local Union 974. McHenry initially filed the charges through the National Right to Work Foundation this summer, alleging Teamsters Local Union 974 had refused to follow federal disclosure requirements and had taken money from his paychecks for its political action committee. At the time, McHenry was a New Brighton, Minn. journeyman technician at Ford.
Shannon Gilkerson said her 2-year-old daughter Avery is a "rainbow baby," the blessing who helps Gilkerson and her husband Tommy get through the pain of losing two infant children. "If we didn't have Avery, I don't know how we would get through," Shannon Gilkerson said. Avery, the Gilkersons' oldest child, was born in 2010. Shannon Gilkerson said her pregnancy with Avery went normally, but when she became pregnant again in 2011, things didn't go so well. "I had the intuition that something was wrong from the beginning," Shannon Gilkerson said.
Radio Disney employees will be playing tunes and dancing with Somerset Elementary School kids at an event to be held later in February. "There's a lot of dancing, and there's a lot of really getting excited about fruits and vegetables," said Marna Canterbury, PowerUp director. PowerUp, an initiative of Lakeview Health, is geared toward helping kids eat healthily and stay physically active. Schools in Stillwater, Minn. and Somerset were invited to take part in the PowerUp School Challenge.
The thick fog that obscured the roads and decreased visibility on Jan. 28, kept the attendance down at an event put on by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and St. Croix County 4-H. Tom Zinnen, a state specialist in Agriculture and Life Sciences, held an after school learning session for ages 10 and up in the St. Croix Central High School science and technology lab.
Several Roberts area churches and the Roberts Lions Club are coming together to host a concert Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Croix Central Elementary School in support of the "Kids Club Fund." The entertainment will be "Sonny Bryant and the Sonny Bryant Trio." Sonny Bryant, a Houston native, performs "do-wop-era" music, according to event coordinator Ron Campbell. Bryant has performed across the United States from Las Vegas to the Paramount Theater to the Cotton Club.
When the crown was placed on her head, Jill Volkert said she was so shocked she didn't know what to do for a moment. Volkert was crowned 2013 Princess of the North Wind on Friday, Jan. 25 during the St. Paul (Minn.) Winter Carnival. "I'm so excited to be a part of the Winter Carnival family," Volkert said. Volkert, a native of White Bear Lake, Minn., now lives in her husband's (Bill Volkert's) native Hammond.