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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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.
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.