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 February 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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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.
After last year’s interminable, arctic winter, it seems a bit too soon to be caught up in that season’s icy clutches again. This winter season started off with a bang last week with freezing rain and snow, causing many school closings across the region. The question is, are the local public works departments ready? The resounding answer was yes.
The recently formed Friends of the Hammond Community Library is an ambitious group. Their goal, once they are officially incorporated as a 501(c)(3), is to raise $1 million to renovate the 1923 library building, located at 850 Davis St. “We hope to bring about the renovation with the assistance of the community, but not with money from the county or village budget,” said Cathy Skoula, chairperson of the Friends Board of Directors. “This renovation is not going to impact taxes.” The Friends group currently has five members, but is looking for more people to assist in the ambitious project.
UPDATE -- Bail was set at $50,000 on Monday, Nov. 10 for a 60-year-old River Falls woman charged with multiple felonies in connection with a murder plot and threats she and her husband allegedly were planning against law enforcement, a judge and a lawyer.
Many Hammond Village Board members don’t like how the board is portrayed in the press and are looking for ways to improve communication with residents and area newspapers, according to comments and requests made by trustees at Monday night’s board meeting. “It is what it is,” Trustee Wally Graf said. “I am No. 1 on the hit list and I’m OK with that.”
What’s with all of the buzz going around about energy healing? Korinn Hawkins, an energy healing practitioner who is partnering with Gilhousen Chiropractic in Hammond, would be glad to tell you and show you. “It’s becoming more of a buzz-piquing interest, more than in the past,” Hawkins said. “It’s about raising awareness about how beneficial it is. It’s all about feeling better.”
A Somerset man escaped serious injury when his 2008 Chevrolet Impala struck the endcap of a guardrail, launched into the air, rolled and landed in a pond on its wheels on Thursday, Oct. 30. According to the accident report, Scott M. Blaisdell, 34, was heading north on County Road I in the Town of Somerset near 160th Avenue when he fell asleep on his way home from work, veered to the right off the road and struck a guardrail at about 6:50 a.m.
St. Croix Central Elementary October Students of the Month were honored Friday, Nov. 7 during a CARES assembly. SCC CARES, and it showed in the faces and applause of the students as their classmates made their to the stage for their certificates. What does CARES stand for? Cooperation, acceptance, responsibility, empathy and self-control are the character traits students focus on each month as part of a positive behavior intervention process. October’s focus was acceptance.