Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004.
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Ten-year-old Alexa Singer had been sitting in a ladder double tree stand all day near Somerset with her father. It was nearing dark and she was a little disappointed. It had been a long nine hours in the stand with not much activity, and the first day of the youth mentor hunt (Nov. 22) was drawing to a close. As they were getting ready to call it a day, the Hillside Elementary fourth-grader saw something that makes every hunter’s pulse race: deer movement.
The Hammond Village Board must find a way to pay Lead Buildings, Grounds, Streets and Parks employee Bob Trudell $3,019.20 in back overtime pay for 90.5 hours of Village Board meetings he was required to attend from May 2012 through July 2013. The board voted 3-1 at its meeting Monday, Nov. 24, to pay Trudell the back pay. Trustee Wally Graf cast the dissenting vote. Trustees Rob Ward, Stan Kolakowski and Laurie Gruber were absent.
The enthusiasm of Datka Mimbaeva as she talked about experiencing life as a typical American teenager was contagious. It was refreshing to see America through the eyes of a girl who embraces everything, from the exciting to the ordinary.
It will be the end of an era when Greaton’s Designing Jewelers closes its doors for the last time in the coming weeks. Though no firm closing date is set, Karen Greaton and her family are in the process of going out of business and selling off stock, preparing to close their downtown New Richmond shop that has been a mainstay in the community for 65 years. While Greaton is planning to retire and will spend winters in Florida with her husband Bill Gillespie, she has mixed feelings about closing her store.
According to Wikipedia, “Sisu is a Finnish word generally meaning determination, bravery and resilience.” Urban Dictionary describes Sisu as a uniquely Finnish quality, the word used to typify the Finnish spirit, a concept that is at the heart of how all Finns and Americans of Finnish descent view themselves.
The Somerset-based ministry, T.H.U.G. Life, which gives homeless teens a hand up in the world, is challenging you to sign up for its “$10 for 12” program this holiday season. “What the $10 for 12 program is, is a pledge of $10 per month for 12 months,” said T.H.U.G. Life founder and executive director Sara Rank. “On a monthly basis the teens who are helped by T.H.U.G. Life average about $50 each month for food, clothes and a variety of other needs.”
Somerstar Entertainment has failed to make its payment to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department, Somerset Police Department and Somerset Fire/Rescue for services rendered during the Summer Set Music Festival, held Aug. 15-18. According to Somerset village deputy clerk/treasurer Andrea Otto, the payment of $21,884.36 was due at the end of September, which is 30 days after the invoice was sent to Somerset Amphitheater owner Matt Mithun.
Naseem Francis and her family have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. As Naseem sits on a sofa in her family’s Somerset home, it is clear how full of gratitude she, her husband Saleem, her son Bernard and her daughter-in-law Jessica are. Not only to God for keeping Naseem safe in Pakistan for so many years before bringing her to the Land of Milk and Honey, but to the community and legislators who rallied behind her to bring her to America.
Five teachers and staff were honored at Monday night’s Somerset Board of Education meeting for being selected teachers and staff of the year. Somerset Elementary art instructor Amy Stevens was chosen as this year’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year recipient. “It was pretty evident, even though it’s my first year at Somerset Elementary, all the work that Amy puts in,” elementary principal Dr. Christopher Kamrath said. “She gets to know each student personally.”
“Everyone working on the sides of the roads wants to go home to their families as much as those hurrying down the road.” Those are heartfelt words spoken by Travis Fitzl, the financial controller of Jerry’s Towing/Midwest Star Group, which is based in Roberts. Fitzl is referring to tow truck operators who risk their lives every day aiding disabled vehicles on the sides of America’s freeways, highways and byways. He is also referring to the company’s tragic loss on Oct.