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 February 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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Do you have your bar stools ready? Saturday, March 1, is the fourth annual Bar Stool Races at Somerset American Legion Post 111. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The first bar stools will rocket down the hill at 10:30 a.m. Legion member Earl Fatheree said the bar stool races have three purposes: to raise money for local charities; to provide fun for the whole family; and to celebrate the (hopefully) end of winter.
Plans to keep a food shelf in Somerset after Grace Place relocates to New Richmond are well under way thanks to a focused group of community members, including representatives from local churches, members of the Somerset Community Foundation and concerned citizens. The group has begun a series of meetings to address the needs associated with running a food shelf in the village.
At the Jan. 20 Somerset Board of Education meeting, a new six-period daily schedule for high school students was approved for next school year, offering students more flexibility and consistency than the current schedule. Somerset High School Principal Chris Moore said the number one reason for making this change was to give students more flexibility in scheduling than the current plan allows. The decision was not made lightly.
During our annual Catholic Schools Week Mass, St. Anne’s recognizes an adult who has made a positive difference in the lives of students in our school or community. This year’s recipient of our 2014 Distinguished Advocate is Mary Martell. Mary has been helping at St. Anne Catholic School for about seven years.
The weather wasn’t cooperating Sunday, Jan. 26, when the Central St. Croix Chamber of Commerce had planned to hold its fifth annual ice fishing contest at Twin Lakes, west of Roberts. So, organizers decided to improvise. According to ice fishing contest committee member Katie Moll, the tent vendor called them Saturday, Jan. 25, to tell them he couldn’t set up the needed tents due to the windy conditions.
A 20-by-30-foot shed housing Dixie Welding LLC burned to the ground Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Town of Somerset. The building was owned by Daniel and Charlotte Hoogeem. According to Somerset Fire/Rescue assistant fire chief Jason Crotty, the building, located at 1989 Highway 35 just north of Somerset, was a total loss. “We were luckily able to salvage some of his welding equipment and supplies,” Crotty said. “But when we got there the shed was fully engulfed.”
It may be chilly outside, but the atmosphere in the First National Community Bank in Somerset is anything but thanks to new vice president and branch manager Judy Price. Price took over as branch manager of the Somerset location in the second week of January. She was officially hired for the position Oct. 28. She was formerly the operations officer at the New Richmond location of FN-CB. She started working there 10 years ago when she and her family moved to the area from north Texas.
Have you ever owned a car and driven it to the point where it had no life left in it? That’s the point many of the musical instruments are at in the St. Croix Central School District. The St. Croix Central Band Boosters is a parent group dedicated to generating funds to improve the district’s musical equipment and educational opportunities. The group formed one year ago.
UPDATE --One woman is dead after a train vs. pick-up truck crash east of Baldwin just before noon on Wednesday.* Gloria H. Marske, 69, of Cumberland, was pronounced dead at Baldwin Area Medical Center after a pick-up truck she was riding in was struck by a train. Gloria's husband, Roy L. Marske, 69, of Cumberland, was driving the truck.