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 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.
George Vondriska has moved his business to Hammond, but he doesn't sell your average products. In fact, right now, the business doesn't sell anything. Vondriska, a Hammond resident, has been working with the Woodworkers Guild of America to create woodworking instructional DVDs since 2007. He said his new business location (next to the Holiday Station Store on Davis Street) will primarily be used for filming woodworking DVDs, and doing the necessary preparation work for the DVDs.
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.
Two non-profit animal welfare organizations are teaming up to bring an event to Roberts on Feb. 9. The Protective Animal Welfare Society of Western Wisconsin (PAWS of Western Wisconsin) and Farm Feral & Stray are holding a "Spayghetti" dinner fundraiser in celebration of World Spay Day on Feb. 9 in the Roberts Village Park building from 5 - 6:30 p.m. World Spay Day is an annual awareness campaign put on by the Humane Society. Borg said the actual "World Spay Day" is Feb.