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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One hundred fifteen seniors graduated in Somerset High School’s 90th commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 1. Of those 115 students, 64 of them graduated with honors, and 20 are members of the National Honor Society. The ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors by students enlisted in the military, which include Trevor Anderson, Wolfgang Ashton, Thomas Bauer, Henry Francis, Nathaniel Gomez-Haustein, Nicole Hastings, Dallas Johnson, Drew Mendez and Quinn Perro.
It’s that time of year again. The time when you see vendors selling fresh produce in roadside stands and farmer’s markets. Plump berries, honey, flowers, you name it, someone has it for sale. The Somerset Farmer’s Market is gearing up for a fruitful season and will open on Thursday, June 19, according to coordinator Valerie Burke. The Somerset market will be open from 3-7 p.m. on the grassy knoll near the Apple River Liquor Store (520 Main St.) every Thursday from June 19 until Oct. 16.
The Somerset Community Food Pantry is seeking funding through grants for its operational costs from October through December, once it is no longer under the umbrella of the The Salvation Army Grace Place. According to Somerset Community Foundation member Randy Rosburg, Scott Wells, another member of the SCF, is working with John Coughlin of United Way to write grants for the operational costs of the food pantry.
It’s no secret there are some all stars in the Somerset School District. The PowerUp health initiative agrees, and used Somerset students in a video it produced about why staying healthy and active is an important part of life. The PowerUp health initiative, sponsored by the Lakeview Foundation, recently partnered with students in the St. Croix Valley area and surrounding communities to produce the video. The cast was made up of students in the St. Croix Valley and surrounding communities.
Everyone knows summer has finally arrived when Somerset’s annual Pea Soup Days festival comes around. This year’s festivities kick off Thursday, June 5, and wrap up Sunday, June 8. This year’s event is a collaboration among the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, the Somerset Lions Club and Somerset Fire/Rescue. Below is a list of highlights during the festival. Pea Soup Days events Thursday, June 5
New Somerset Village Clerk Felicia Germain is no stranger to the workings of government -- town, county or village. Germain began her new job as the village clerk on Tuesday, May 27. She filled the position that was vacated by Pamela Donohoe last month. “It’s exciting to be a part of the progress in Somerset,” Germain said. “It’s going to be hard to fill Pam’s shoes. She has done so much to help this village grow.”
You may have wondered what the blasting siren was all about if you were in the Somerset vicinity around 5:45 p.m. on Friday, May 30. It was the celebratory sound of the long-awaited arrival of Somerset Fire/Rescue’s new pumper/rescue truck as it cruised into town. Fire Chief Travis Belisle and other crew members drove to Appleton to pick up the new truck from Pierce Manufacturing.
The Roberts Lions Club had to cancel the annual Good Neighbor Days Demo Derby scheduled for Sunday, June 1, due to heavy rain that fell throughout the region last weekend. According to a post on the Lions Club Facebook page, not only did 4.5 inches of rain erode the sides of the newly expanded pit, but the Roberts Park Board was not allowing parking on site due to the waterlogged ground. Coordinator and Lions Club member Marv Flettre said there was a lot of washout behind the cement blocks.
The 50th annual Good Neighbor Days was held last week May 29 though June 1. Despite the on and off soaking rains and postponement of the popular Demo Derby, the weekend was filled with fun, food, family and community. Check out our photo gallery from the weekend's festivities.
Mary Ellen Johnson and Tom Peterson were obviously surprised when they were both announced the 2014 Good Neighbor award winners at the Good Neighbor Days community appreciation dinner Thursday night. This is Good Neighbor Days’ 50th year. Johnson had tears in her eyes as she made her way to the stage in the big tent at the Village Park in Roberts. Both Johnson and Peterson received loud applause and whistles when their names were announced.