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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St. Croix Central Middle School German Club students learned about German Christmas customs while eating authentic German food at the Winzerstube in Hudson on Saturday, Dec. 14. According to German teacher Tim Scott, the menu included such choices as Jaegerschnitzel, a pan-fried pork cutlet with mushroom sauce; Hungarian goulasche; and currywurst, a bratwurst sliced thinly with a curry sauce.
Conner Simon’s Christmas light display is no simple, ordinary arrangement. It was a year in the making. Simon, a 14-year-old Somerset High School freshman, decorated his family’s home in the Town of Star Prairie with more than 10,000 Christmas lights this season and programmed them to five hours of holiday music.
Fifth grade A Andrew Chambers, Abbey Skramstad and Hannah Thoreson Sixth grade A Margo Gauper, Riley McGurran, Adrianna Meath and Bryce Nault Seventh grade A Ben Schmitt, Allie Stock, Karah Wink and Mae Woods Eighth grade A Burke Meader, Anna Rybacki, Anya Swanson and Nick Thoreson Fifth grade B
Event coordinator Cory Bonte said that by the time the ads hit the paper for the second annual Wine, Dine & Lions fundraiser, held Dec. 8, he had room for only six couples left out of 90 spots. That’s how popular this event has become in such a short time. Bonte, a member of the Hammond Lions Club who stays close to his roots even though he lives in St. Paul, said last year’s dinner fundraiser was such a success, that he wanted to do it again this year.
The Somerset Public Library is going to the dogs. Bailey, a shepherd-mix therapy dog, has spent her entire life around kids. She adores them and they adore her, said Bailey’s owner Joan Berg. Bailey and Berg visited the Somerset Library’s story hour kids on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Berg lives on a farm near East Farmington, where she not only has dogs, but six horses that are used in the nonprofit River Valley Riders therapeutic riding program.
They’ve done toy drives. They’ve done diaper drives. They’ve collected food for local food pantries. This year they wanted to do something different. The Somerset High School Student Council searched on Google for a local charity, and the one that caught their eyes was Books for Africa, said student council advisor Jennifer Grambort Sutton.
“We want that shelter built yesterday, but there’s only one chance to launch a capital campaign, and it must be done right,” said St. Croix Animal Friend’s secretary Vicki Donatell. The SCAF Board of Directors is aware the public is wondering what is taking them so long to build an actual animal shelter building, Donatell said. “It’s a lot of preparation work to start a capital campaign,” Donatell said. “That may be difficult for the public to understand.”
According to Somerset district administrator Randy Rosburg, most of the projects funded by the referendum are almost finished and on budget. All that’s left is a few minor things to be wrapped up and final detail work, Rosburg told Board of Education members at the Monday night meeting.
When Annastasia Martell came down the stairs early Tuesday morning on Oct. 29, she wondered why her mom’s car was still in the driveway and why she was sitting alone in the dark. Her mother, Robin Martell, is a special education aide at Somerset High School and usually out the door by 7 a.m. every morning, Annastasia said. Robin seemed confused and didn’t know what day it was, Annastasia said. She was swaying and shaking. When Annastasia went to get her brother Ambrose, they came downstairs to find their mom trying to clean something in the sink.