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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The St. Croix Central High School Drama Club will present a show to remember on Saturday, Nov. 1, with its collaboration of “Jazz, Dinner and Drama!” Attendees will enjoy a one-act play, jazz music and an Italian feast. The one-act play, “Check Please,” tells the tales of terrible, horrible, no good blind dates. According to the play description, “It might be a miserable experience while it happens, but it sure makes for a great story!”
“We do what farmers do every day,” said Alexey Rostapshov. “They’re going out into their fields looking around and scouting. We’re scouting too.” Mavrx, a San Francisco-based company specializing in crop imaging using proximal sensing and drone technology, may do what farmers do every day, but on a much larger, more technical scale.
“Welcome to our piece of the American Dream.” 65 Vines Winery and Vineyard is Scott and Julie Andrzejczak’s American dream and proclaimed so on the business’s Facebook page. The county’s first licensed and bonded winery, according to the website, celebrated its grand opening Oct. 17-19. Scott estimated about 75 people came through the winery last weekend.
The Sidetrack Saloon Oktoberfest has been a tradition in Roberts for 16 years now. According to Sidetrack co-owner Nate Stork, it began as a simple fall celebration to liven things up in the quiet village. “It began 16 years ago with Connie Gillis,” Stork said. “There wasn’t really a fall celebration in Roberts, so she hired maybe one accordion and spread leaves on the floor, which was real safe since you could smoke in the bar back then.” Gillis is the mother of Sidetrack co-owner Tricia Dull.
Everyone’s life has meaning and purpose. What if people replaced acts of violence, bullying and negativity with acts of respect, kindness and compassion? Somerset Middle School Principal Sara Eichten is certain Rachel’s Challenge will inspire students, staff and the community to do exactly that. Rachel’s Challenge, according the website rachelschallenge.org, “is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe, connected school environments where learning and teaching are maximized.”
You would never know Jim Baillargeon is 70 years old. The youthful-looking runner from Somerset credits “family traits, good genes and lots of exercise” as his fountain of youth. After running 145 marathons over the last 38 years, Baillargeon decided this year’s Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 5, was his last. It was his 33rd Twin Cities Marathon. He has laced up his shoes and run every one since it began in 1982.
If you’re going to go camping and hiking in a rustic, primitive environment, you better be prepared. And being prepared is a major part of the skill set Boy Scouts acquire throughout their scouting years. The weekend of Sept. 26-28 Boy Scout Troop 144 of Somerset took a backpacking trip to the Superior Hiking Trail and Gooseberry Falls on the North Shore in Minnesota.
The Hammond Village Board voted Monday night to reimburse Police Chief Rick Coltrain for his attorney fees in connection with a Sept. 5 open records request complaint filed by a citizen. Coltrain said the bill he received from his attorney, Andrew Nelson of Hudson, for the month of September totals $1,430. He estimated that is about half of what the final bill will be. The board voted to cover that cost, and to look at covering the rest of the bill when it arrives. The money is coming from the Village Board wages fund.
Panther Pride ran rampant in the St. Croix Central School District during Homecoming Week, Oct. 6-11. Festivities included dress up days, powder puff football, class competitions, mattress racing, lip synch contests, skit night, a pep rally, the coronation ceremony and of course, the Homecoming football game, where SCC defeated the Glenwood City Hilltoppers 43-12.
Hammond Village Board members kept mum Monday night as Trustee Sandy Brecht read her letter of resignation during the public comment time, relinquishing her positions on both the Village Board and Planning Commission. “I would like to start out by thanking the residents for my time on the board,” Brecht said. “And thank you to all who felt they could stop and talk to me if they had a concern. I took being a trustee very seriously, and what happened at the last board meeting in closed session was unacceptable, and crossed the line.