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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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.
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.
A Hammond man's suit against Twin Cities-based Teamsters Local Union 974 has resulted in federal charges. The National Labor Relations Board regional office in Minneapolis issued a formal complaint against the union after Dylan McHenry, Hammond filed federal charges against the union through the National Right to Work Foundation. McHenry initially filed the charges this summer, alleging Teamsters Local Union 974 had refused to follow federal disclosure requirements and had taken money from his paychecks for its political action committee. At the time, McHenry was a New Brighton, Minn.
Somerset Elementary School's third grade held its own Iditarod competition after reading about "Balto, the Dog Who Saved Nome." Balto was the lead dog of a team of sled dogs that brought medicine from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Rachel Fuller, SES third grade teacher, said the Iditarod activity enhanced the third-graders' learning about Balto as well as helped teach the children about teamwork and cooperation. The students followed a map to six checkpoints around the school grounds, representing cities they would have stopped in along the way.
Fabian Hagedorn said one of his biggest surprises when arriving in America as an exchange student was the lack of public transportation. Hagedorn, a sophomore, comes from Hamburg, Germany, where he said there is always access to buses and trains. "It's alright because everybody has a car," Hagedorn said. "I can get a ride from friends." Hagedorn said temporarily moving from Hamburg, one of Germany's largest cities, to Hammond, population 1,922 (according to the U.S. Census bureau), was a big change.
What would happen if a large water main broke and drained Roberts's water tower to dangerously low levels? Village of Roberts Public Works employees, Village of Roberts representatives and representatives of other local governments and state government agencies met to answer this question during an emergency response tabletop exercise on Wednesday, Dec.