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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It was a dreary, wet day on Nov. 21 when the Hammond Senior Center celebrated its Thanksgiving dinner, and some seniors’ moods mirrored the weather outside. Brad Beckman, administrator for St. Croix County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center, formally announced to the Hammond senior group before their meal on the 21st that the Center will be closing -- temporarily. “I hope people aren’t going to sit around for six months and just wait,” Beckman said. He encouraged the seniors to go to other sites in Baldwin and Roberts, and spoke highly of activities going on at each. St.
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Children’s author Julie Bowe visited with the kindergarten through fourth-grade classes at St. Croix Central Elementary School Tuesday, Nov. 19. Bowe is author of the popular series Friends for Keeps. According to Library Media Specialist Amanda Olson, the event was organized by music teacher Jeanne Larson and sponsored by the Panther Parent Group. “We are very thankful our students had this amazing opportunity,” Olson said. “She talked with students about her books, the writing process, the tools she needs to help her write and the people that help her create great stories.
The Somerset Village Board at its Nov. 19 regular board meeting agreed to annex a three-acre parcel that Matt Mithun of the Somerset Amphitheater is in the process of buying. The owners of the amphitheater are buying what is known as the Scott Knutson property, located currently in the Town of Somerset across from the Public Works waste treatment plant. The property includes a house and a couple of barns.
When Shelley Wallander took over as the Somerset Senior Center site manager in June, she knew one thing she wanted to accomplish was getting more people to attend and bringing more publicity to the center. “Slowly but surely we’re trying to make people aware the center is here,” Wallander said. “I’d like to get more people involved. This is a very fun, very welcoming, social group of people.” As Wallander talked, a bingo caller echoed in the background. About 20 seniors studied bingo cards and listened intently for numbers.
The Holiday Angels program is as much a tradition in Roberts and Hammond during the holiday season as is decorating a tree or visiting Santa Claus. The program, which has existed for more than 20 years, is again collecting donations to help financially struggling families in the St. Croix Central School District. Committee Chair Sandy Goulette said last year the Angels helped 47 families, which included 126 children. The Roberts Lions, Hammond Lions, school organizations, businesses and individuals come together every year to make Christmas wishes come true for these families.
Even though St. Croix County can have bitter winters, free-roaming cats abound, and Tanya Borg and the volunteers of Farm, Feral & Stray aim to alleviate the problem. FFS is a nonprofit (501-c3), all-volunteer organization whose goal is to humanely manage free-roaming cat populations by using Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) methods and to educate the public. The organization serves Polk, St. Croix and Washburn counties. Borg said each county has thousands of cats running loose, whether they’re farm, feral, stray or abandoned cats.
A Baldwin man was found dead in the woods just after 8 p.m. Saturday night after his family became concerned when he failed to return from hunting, according to a St. Croix County Sheriff Department’s press release. Mark Grognet, 54, of Baldwin, had gone hunting near the 500 block of County Road NN in the Town of Cady at 5 a.m. that morning. When he didn’t return after dark, and his family couldn’t reach him by cell phone, they became concerned, according to the press release. Deputies found Grognet’s 2004 Chevrolet truck parked at his hunting location.
Every year for 20-plus years the Roberts Love Baskets program has given families in need a basket of food and a glimmer of hope during the holiday season This year is no exception. The Roberts Lions, the Hammond Lions and the Hammond Snowdrifters snowmobile club band together each year to fill baskets with turkey or ham, potatoes, fresh and canned vegetables, pie and more, said program volunteer Doreen Kruschke. “It’s more than just a Thanksgiving dinner,” Kruschke said. Volunteers will pack large cardboard grocery boxes full of food at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov.