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 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.
Moriah Everson had her first seizure when she was 18 months old. "I could tell something wasn't right and we went running in," said Pat Everson, Moriah Everson's mother. "It was scary, we just prayed over her and we called 911 right away." That was only the first of many grand mal seizures, according to Pat Everson. She said Moriah Everson's seizures have increased over time and now, at 11 years old, she has a grand mal seizure about once a week. "It's been freaky," Moriah Everson said of a life with epilepsy.
For the first time in the history of the St. Croix Central middle and high school band program, St. Croix Central has a band booster association. The group's first official meeting was Tuesday, Jan. 15. "The main focus of the booster program will be to help support both the middle school and high school program," said high school band director Jason Koele. Koele said most of the boosters' support will take the form of helping the band program raise the funds to purchase new instruments or fund any of the band's other needs, such as purchasing music. "Right now...
A brand-new McDonald's has opened in Roberts. The restaurant, attached to the Pilot Flying J gas station at the intersection of 70th Avenue and Highway 65 (and near the Highway 65 and Interstate 94 exchange), officially opened on Jan. 10, but grand opening promotions are still ongoing, said store owner Patrick Deval. Deval, who co-owns the store with his father James, said the promotions include an ongoing raffle for a 32-inch flat-screen TV and McDonald's Arch Cards. Store manager Monica Elliot said the raffle has been very popular.
For more than 20 years, St. Anne Catholic School has been holding a geography bee each year. The bee is a part of the National Geographic Geography Bee, and the winner has a chance to continue on to participate in the National Geographic Geography Bee. The national winner receives a $25,000 scholarship, said Michelle Rochel, St. Anne's fifth through eighth grade social studies teacher. This year's local bee was held on Jan. 14 in the St. Anne's gymnasium. Rochel said students from fourth through eighth grade were eligible to compete in the bee.
Dr. Delbert "Del" Permann is slowly packing up his office at Roberts Congregational United Church of Christ. This is far from the first time he's found himself packing up an office, preparing to leave his post as pastor of a church. "It's always very strange," Permann said. "I get close to people and I'm going to miss that." Permann said he doesn't like good-byes, but he did appreciate the celebration the Roberts UCC congregation had for him and his wife Judith after worship on Sunday, Jan. 13.
When Associated Bank closes in Hammond, it won't just be bank customers and employees who are affected. The Hammond Arts Alliance (HAA) art gallery will be displaced. However, thanks to good timing and good luck, HAA president Heidi Freier said HAA's Foster Art Gallery will have a new home in the building still known to some as Foster Hall, across from the Hammond Community Library. "It just fell into place really nicely," Freier said. "It's like it was meant to be." Foster Hall was the original home of the HAA's gallery, Freier said.