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 choral students unveiled their new blue robes at this year’s St. Croix Valley Music Educators Association Honors Festival at the River Falls High School Auditorium Saturday, Jan. 4. SCC choral director Sara Route is thrilled with the new robes, as are the choral students. “The robes makes us look more professional,” high school senior Kayla Boyd said. “It was so nice to fit in with all the other schools.”
Peter Vodenka, author of Journey For Freedom, captivated an audience of about 20 listeners at the Hazel Mackin Community Library in Roberts on Thursday, Jan. 23, with his riveting tale about escaping a life behind the Iron Curtain. Vodenka, his wife and two children fled communist Czechoslovakia in June 1983. His book tells of their journey, struggles and finding freedom in the United States.
When John Moore volunteered with Somerset Fire/Rescue 25 years ago on Dec. 28, 1988, he was looking to add some excitement to his life. It turned into so much more than that. “My priorities and reasons to stay changed a lot,” Moore said of his 25-year run. “God gave me a gift for 25 years to be a firefighter and EMT and I needed to use that. That was my contribution back to my community. It’s important for people to give something.”
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.