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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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.
St. Croix Animal Friends is inviting people not to come to their holiday party. SCAF is holding a "No Show Holiday Christmas Party" this holiday season.
The Village of Roberts is seeking a new municipal judge, after current Judge Peter Close announced he is not running for re-election. Roberts Village Clerk Doreen Kruschke said there are currently no candidates for the position. Kruschke said anyone interested in the position needs to submit candidacy papers to her by Jan. 2, 2013. Village Attorney Bill Radosevich said any citizen of Roberts that is eligible to vote is eligible to run for municipal judge. He said there is no requirement for legal background.
Part of the Trinity Lutheran Church youth group's biggest fundraiser of the year isn't just about raising funds, it's about passing down a tasty piece of Scandinavian Heritage by teaching the youth to make Lefse, Krumkake, Sandbakkels, Rosettes, Pizzelles and Spritz, said Betty Johnson, event coordinator. The fifth annual Trinity Lutheran Holiday and Scandinavian Treat sale treats were cooked recently. The youth began doing their part on Friday, Dec. 8, after school.
St. Croix Central Middle School was filled with students in green and purple gear on Friday, Nov. 30 and not just because of the Packer-Viking game on Sunday. The students showed their support for their favorite of the two teams by bringing non-perishable items for the foods shelf to school.
Kristine Hartsell is one of the first to admit she's had a lot of trouble in her life, but she also said she wouldn't change a moment of it. "I wouldn't be who I was now if I went back and changed anything," Hartsell said. Hartsell is now completing an internship at Grace Place, but for one month in 2004 she was a resident. Hartsell was just 21 when she moved to Somerset and, after a falling-out with her roommate, found herself in need of a place to stay. Hartsell, originally from South Dakota, didn't even have enough money to drive back home.
Sonia Kubesh has resigned from the Roberts Police Department following an internal investigation which was presented to the Roberts Village Board by Police Chief Daniel Burgess during a closed session at the Oct. 25 regular board meeting. "I did not foresee this coming to an end this way," Kubesh said in an interview last week. "It had been a strong thought and intention of mine to possibly retire from the Village of Roberts as a patrol officer." Kubesh signed a mutual employment separation and release agreement with Willard Moeri, Roberts Village Board president, on Nov. 12.