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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Angels have started to fly around Hammond and Roberts to help make sure local kids have presents this Christmas. Holiday Angels is a local organization that raises money to buy Christmas presents for kids in the St. Croix Central School district that are in need during the holidays. Sandy Goulette, Holiday Angels coordinator, said she's already gotten calls from families asking for help this holiday season. "I believe that I am up to five families right now," Goulette said. Goulette works with Alyssa Matzek, St.
A group that initially formed to help a family whose home burned down in a fire is making an effort to help the community at large through a food shelf drive. Hearts of Hammond is working with several Hammond businesses to collect items for the Roberts Food Pantry this holiday season. The group is collecting non-perishable food items through Christmas and will be delivering them to the Roberts Food Pantry, located at Roberts Congregational United Church of Christ. "I think there's quite a few people in our community that are struggling," said Mark Benton, Hearts of Hammond president.
Instead of taking their usual fall field trip to Fort Snelling, this autumn 101 fifth-graders from St. Croix Central Middle School went to feed some starving children. The St. Croix Central fifth grade class took a trip to Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids, Minn. Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1987, with the goal of feeding malnourished children around the world. The organization served approximately 153 million meals to children in 70 countries in 2012, according to its website, www.fmsc.org .
Construction on the new bathroom and concession stand building in the Somerset Village Park should be wrapping up soon, said Bob Gunther of the Somerset Public Works department. "It'll be a nice addition onto that area," Gunther said. The building contains a concession stand portion as well public bathrooms. Gunther said the concession stand portion of the building will be used as a concession stand in the summer and will be converted into a warming house in the winter for families using the ice skating rink.
Traci Libersky had worked as a bartender at Papa B's Lounge in Somerset for four years when she heard the business was for sale. Libersky said she had long hoped to own her own bar and she jumped at the opportunity. "It just kind of fell into our laps and we went for it," Libersky said. Libersky now co-owns Papa B's Lounge with her husband Shawn. The Liberskys said they will officially change the bar's name to T-Buckets when they are able to purchase a new sign for the building.
Thirty years ago two ladies from Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond who wanted to make quilts for charity started a quilting group. Today, the group, Trinity Quilters, has around six to eight regular members and meets two or three times a month to quilt. Trinity Quilters has created more than 120 blankets this year and they're going to give them all away. "We display them at church for a few Sundays on the backs of the chairs," said quilter June Lindquist. Then the blankets are taken and, for the most part, given to Lutheran World Relief.
Michael Nyseth has 36 merit badges. He went from second class to first class in six months and is now a member of Life Scout Troop 161. Nyseth is 13 years old and now he is beginning his Eagle Scout project. Nyseth is building an audio/visual control cabinet for his church, Trinity Lutheran of Hammond. "Our church has a closet that's crammed full of all our electronics," Nyseth said. "I figured; why not make that cleaner, so I decided to make a cabinet." Typically, Boy Scouts trying for Eagle status are around 16 or 17 years of age.
When Paulette Anderson brought unicycling students to the annual Twin Cities Unicycle Club (TCUC) banquet in New Brighton, Minn., she had no idea what awaited her. Anderson was presented with the TCUC 2012 Mentor Award at the banquet. "I was shocked when I got it," Anderson said. Anderson helps teach kids to unicycle through a community education class that meets every Thursday at St. Croix Central Elementary School.
St. Croix Central Middle School's annual Veterans Day program went off without a hitch, according to SCC middle school counselor Kathleen Brossmer, who said the event was conducted wonderfully and respectfully. "The kids were outstanding," Brossmer said.