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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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.
The Village and Town of Somerset have created an informal agreement. The two municipalities have agreed to share plowing and mowing of specific border roads between the township and the village, said Rob Weldon, Somerset Village public works director. According to the verbal agreement, the Village of Somerset will plow and salt 180th Avenue and 190th Avenue. In turn, the Town of Somerset will mow ditches on Spring Street, County Road I and County Road C.
American Girl Doll Samantha was the featured doll of the Somerset Library's American Girl Teal Party this year, the first of which was held Saturday, Jan. 5. Librarian Norma Scott said the event is fun for kids, librarians, parents and volunteers. She said girls ages 5-12 and their American Girl dolls enjoyed tea, healthy snacks and cookies.
Somerset Meadows Condominiums Association (430 Second St., Hudson) has filed a claim against Jask Inc., aka Krongard Construction Co. (Stillwater, Minn.), for injury to property, breach of implied warranty and negligent construction. The claim is regarding four condominium buildings located at numbers 601 through 637 Meadow Lane in Somerset. The claim, filed on Dec.
Scott Bolstad, regional director for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) held "mobile office hours" in Somerset on Jan. 4 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Jan. 4. "Sen. Johnson has permanent offices in Milwaukee and Oshkosh, but he also wanted to make his office more readily available to constituents outside those cities," said Melinda Schnell, Johnson's communications advisor.
The Bridge Bible Church in Somerset is turning what used to be a salon into a gathering space, "KidZone" Children's area and a coffee shop. The Bridge Bible Church closed on the building, located at 701 Rivard St., on Dec. 13 and began renovations around Dec. 15. "Everybody's excited to have a 24/7 spot that we can function from," said Rev. Brian Williamson. "We'll have a more established location to do our ministry out of." Church member Missy LeQue said much of the work is being done by church members who have remodeling experience.
Despite the fact it's his first time in America, St. Croix Central exchange student Luca Vahrenwald said he hasn't really been surprised by anything he's seen in the United States so far. Vahrenwald, a junior from Berlin, said that is thanks to the American television shows he watched on TV at home in Germany. What he said was a surprise was the distinct lack of public transportation in Hammond. "Americans use every time the car," Vahrenwald said. "They don't really walk." Vahrenwald said St.
As the new year begins, a business long-open in Hammond will close, leaving some Hammond residents inconvenienced and out of options. "For Hammond, it's a huge loss," said Hammond business owner Sandy Brecht, of Sandy Brecht Photography. Associated Bank's Hammond branch will close on Jan. 24, leaving Hammond with no bank, and forcing Hammond residents to do their banking elsewhere. The Hammond branch is one of 12 Associated Bank locations in Wisconsin and Illinois that are closing in January.