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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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.
Eight students in Ann Leque's fourth grade class said they had heard of Wilma Rudolph before Thursday, Feb. 7, when a special presentation brought Rudolph , portrayed by actress Zainab Musa, to St. Croix Central Elementary School. Musa brought a "History Comes to Life" performance to SCC, portraying the life of Rudolph, from a girl recovering from polio to "the fastest woman on earth." Leque said the performance is an annual event at St.
With more than 250 hours of service registered, Somerset High School senior Samantha Swanson has gone above and beyond the 80 hours SHS requires of its graduates. But she said she's never felt so touched by any service she's done before than by her volunteer time at a benefit on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The Hammond Hotel won the 2012 Holiday Angels trophy for selling the most "angel" icons in Hammond. Money from the icon sales helped Holiday Angels purchase presents for 126 needy children from 47 families in the Hammond and Roberts area. The winner of the 2012 trophy for selling the most "angel" icons in Roberts is the Roberts Café.
Sharon Freitag has sung the national anthem at sporting events before, but never at an event quite like the basketball tournament held Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Baldwin-Woodville High School. Freitag sang for the opening ceremonies of the first-ever Red Cedar Invitational Special Olympics Basketball game. "It was an honor," Freitag said. "I sing for other special events but this is really close to my heart because it's the kids that I work with." Freitag is a special education teacher for St. Croix Central High School.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is considering a possible expansion of Interstate 94 from U.S. Highway 12 to just past 130th Street in Roberts, and the agency wants input from area residents. WisDot held a public meeting Jan.
The Second Annual Somerset Community Talent Show, presented by the District of Somerset Music Department was held Jan. 11 in the Somerset High School gymnasium. Rachel Erickson, Somerste music teacher and choir director, said the show, emceed by Bill Powers and Corey Lindenberg, raised funds to offset student contest fees for the annual solo and ensemble competition. Student and community performers auditioned for the chance to perform in the show.