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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According to Somerset Fire Chief Travis Belisle, Gary Barger is the perfect firefighter and first responder. Barger was selected by his peers as the 2013 Somerset Fire/Rescue Firefighter of the Year. “He responds no matter the time of day or what he has going on,” Belisle said. “He lives the farthest out, almost never makes the truck, but keeps responding to every call he can. His family is involved and they have helped out with various department activities. He is a prime example of a great member.”
Most people don’t want to go outside when the temperature dips below zero, let alone go camping in a hollowed out snowbank. Tell that to Somerset Boy Scout Troop 144, led by Scoutmaster Peter Johnson. They wanted to earn their Zero Hero patches and earn them they did, Johnson said. “I think they should have earned a patch for every degree below zero,” Johnson said. “That would have been 21 patches each.”
Somerset School District students will have a six-period daily schedule next year instead of the current eight-period day, said district administrator Randy Rosburg. The Somerset Board of Education voted to make the change at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night. “Students wanted more consistency in their day,” Rosburg said. “It should work really well. The focus will remain on providing quality education with quality instructors.”
If there’s one thing St. Croix Central School District knows how to do, it’s rally around those in need. Beloved sixth-grade reading/literacy teacher Karen Loenser was diagnosed with liver and bone cancer in mid-December. According to Jean Johnson, Loenser’s team-teacher of three years, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer five years ago. She had a double mastectomy and went through intensive chemotherapy and radiation.
Peter Vodenka, author of Journey For Freedom, will speak at the Hazel Mackin Community Library in Roberts from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. According to a press release from Vodenka’s assistant Debbie Stewart, Vodenka, his wife and children fled communist Czechoslovakia in June 1983. His book tells of their journey, struggles and finding freedom in the United States.
Following a closed-door session of the St. Croix Central School Board Monday night, Superintendent Tim Widiker announced the board had accepted the resignation of elementary school principal Dr. Heidi Weisert-Peatow effective immediately. No reason for her resignation was given. Retired principal Steve Sanders will act as interim elementary school principal effective immediately. Widiker did not know when the search for a new principal will begin.
A number of St. Croix Central School District staff agree Justin Nelson’s sentencing on Dec. 20, provides a sense of closure to staff and students. They also agree it’s only one step in the long process of healing from the fire Nelson set on April 30, that destroyed parts of St. Croix Central Elementary. Tim Widiker District administrator Tim Widiker said he agreed with the judge when he said a generation of students no longer has to be afraid that Nelson could do this again.
With all the Arctic air, the ice should be good and strong for the 10th annual Bass Lake Ice Fishing Contest Saturday, Jan. 25. According to event planners, the ice is 20 inches thick. The contest is one of the region’s most popular ice fishing tournaments, probably due to the multitude of coveted prizes, worth more than $40,000. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to Somerset youth athletics. According to John and Bobbi Melvin, spokespeople for the contest, there were 1,800 entrants last year. This year they’re expecting 2,000 hopeful anglers.
The Phipps Center for the Arts, the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway will launch the Art Bench Trail project in the spring, aimed at promoting tourism in the St. Croix River Valley (SCRV). The Art Bench Trail will connect seven artistic benches created between 2006 and 2011. The benches can be found in Somerset, St. Croix Falls, Hudson and Prescott in Wisconsin, and Marine on St.
Five St. Croix Central High School students were chosen in December by the Roberts Lions Club to travel overseas as part of the Lions Club foreign exchange programin July. Sadie Buckel won a scholarship that will pay for part of her expenses. The other four students, who will be sponsored by the Roberts Lions, are Logan Lipinski, Claire Hueg, Abby Harrington and Dana Queen.