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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The sounds of Christmas carols being sung drifted through the halls of the St. Croix County Health Center nursing home on Dec. 27. The tunes were familiar but the words weren't quite the usual words, at least not in America. Tim Scott, St. Croix Central Middle School exploratory Germany teacher, brought members of the SCCMS German club to the St. Croix County Health Center nursing home for years to sing German Christmas carols with the residents. Scott has been coming to the St.
Members of St. Anne's church in Somerset, Wis. will be able to sit down on Boy Scout Billy Schmitt's efforts to attain Eagle Scout status. Schmitt 's project is building picnic benches. Seventeen-year-old Billy Schmitt (Somerset) is using his Eagle Scout project to fill a need he saw at his church. Schmitt said he noticed there was no seating available, apart from the grass, at events St. Anne's Parish and school hold outside throughout the year, from soccer games to the church festival. Schmitt, an alumnus of St.
About 50 people came to the Roberts Park Building at 8 a.m. Dec. 22 to help pack and distribute "Love Baskets," or boxes full of enough food to make a Christmas meal for needy families in the Roberts area this Christmas. "The Lions Club helps those that need help," said Karen Benysek, Roberts Lions first director. "Some people need a little extra help, especially during the holidays.
There is a basket full of blue and white paper snowflakes sitting on the counter at the Hammond Community Library and it's not just for decoration--at least not in Hammond. The snowflakes will be joining thousands of others from around the country in decorating the halls of the new building Sandy Hook Elementary students will attend when they return to school after the holidays. Two days after the Dec.