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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When people make the decision to check the box on their driver’s licenses to become an organ donor, do they really know how that little orange circle can change someone’s life? Becky Bonte Draper does. Draper was the recipient of a donor pancreas and kidney in June 2013.
The St. Croix County Fair, held July 16-20 at the fairgrounds in Glenwood City, was rich with traditions new and old this year, including 4-H Junior Fair and Open Class judging; cultural arts exhibitions; musical entertainment; donkey races; the carnival; pony rides; Dairy Olympics; the 4-H centennial birthday celebration; animal shows; delicious fair food and much more. One special highlight each year is the awarding of the Outstanding Older Adult Award. This year the honor was bestowed upon two worthy individuals: Roland "Pete" Thompson of Deer Park, and Sharon Ammerman of Somerset.
Supporters of the Hammond Arts Alliance took to the skies above the Hammond/Baldwin area Saturday, July 19, as part of a fundraising stunt to pay off the $25,000 land contract for Foster Hall.
After deliberating in closed session Monday night, the Somerset School District Board of Education reconvened in open session and unanimously voted to increase all district employees wages by 2 percent. However, that wage increase will come with a price tag of sorts: higher health insurance deductibles.
The Somerset Village Board unanimously voted to take part in a highway safety improvement program at its July 15 meeting that will install traffic lights at the Highway 35/County Road C intersection. Village Trustee Ryan Sicard said the village was approached by Wisconsin Department of Transportation traffic safety engineer Greg Helgeson about participating in the program to improve safety at the busy intersection.
The La Grandeur Road expansion project and funding were given the green light at the Somerset Village Board meeting Tuesday, July 15, to the tune of $1.095 million. Bids opened June 20 for the project, which will expand La Grandeur Road northward through the industrial park to intersect 190th Avenue. The board unanimously voted to award the contract to Albrightson Excavating of Woodville, with a price tag of $1,095,393.11. The board also passed a resolution regarding the funding of the project.
A Hammond man matched all five numbers on a Badger 5 lottery ticket he bought at the BP gas station in Hammond on Tuesday, July 8 and won $57,000. According to store manager Debbie Benson, Richard Geurkink of Hammond bought the ticket Tuesday, and came into the store Wednesday morning (July 9) to see if his numbers matched. When assistant store manager Claire Olsen told him all five matched, he was in disbelief.
A 20-year-old Boyceville man is facing charges of felony eluding and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent after allegedly leading law enforcement officers on a high speed chase through eastern St. Croix County early Wednesday morning. Austin G. Szewcik allegedly fled a Wisconsin State Trooper who tried to pull him over at about 3:10 a.m. on I-94 near the Dunn/St.
It was two to three years in the making, but the Roberts/Hammond area now has a Leo Club to call its own. The Central Saint Croix Leo Club had its charter meeting at the beginning of May, according to club president Dana Queen. A Leo club is a youth organization of Lions Club International that provides youth with opportunities to volunteer, perform community service projects and grow as leaders.
Not many people can say they’ve been on an “eco-adventure.” From June 15-21, eight Somerset High School students, two parents and two teachers travelled to Costa Rica as part of a WorldStrides educational tour. Somerset High School science instructor Erin Gehring and Spanish teacher Sara Turner took the kids on an “eco-adventure trip,” which took the group from San José, Costa Rica, through the central region of the country.