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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In her first few weeks at Roberts United Church or Christ, Rev. Melinda Feller has been very busy. "I've already had communion, I've had a funeral, I've had a double baptism, and I've been doing lots of visiting and being out in the community," Feller said. "And I had to unpack." Feller's ministry at Roberts UCC officially started at the beginning of February. One of the first things Feller did upon starting at Roberts UCC was begin learning her new parishioners' names. "First and last," Feller said.
Students jumped up and down, waved their arms and danced to "Call Me Maybe" (Carly Rae Jepsen), "Baby" (Justin Bieber) and other popular songs during a not-so-typical school assembly at Somerset Elementary School Friday, Feb. 22. The PowerUp School Challenge kickoff assembly was led by Radio Disney employees, who used popular songs to get the kids up and moving throughout the approximately 45-minute assembly. "It went incredibly," said SES Principal Darren Kern, "The kids did a great job. Radio Disney did a great job. Lakeview Health does a great job.
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.