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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For the last three years, Travis Belisle, fire chief of Somerset Fire and Rescue, has had a “shave the date” appointment on Nov. 1. It’s not due to a yearly makeover ritual; it’s to help raise money and awareness to combat men’s health issues through the Movember Foundation. The foundation’s goal, according to its website, is to “increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.
Fourteen years ago Meg Farrington saw a big influx of kids diagnosed on the autism spectrum entering their schooling years at Somerset School District, and she knew something needed to be done to adequately help these students. Farrington, who was the speech and language pathologist, asked the principal of the elementary school if she could have a few extra hours in her schedule to go to trainings and workshops to better meet the needs of these students; and he agreed. “Back then we didn’t know how to instruct kids on the autism spectrum well,” Farrington said as she sits in special educatio
The damp, drizzly weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the SCC Elementary students as they proudly marched through the streets of Roberts in their costumes on Halloween afternoon. “It’s the featured highlight of the year,” SCC Elementary principal Dr. Heidi Weisert-Peatow said. “Parents even take off work to come see it.” The parade has been a yearly event for as long as anyone can remember, according to Weisert-Peatow and the office staff.
Art teacher Jason Rohde doesn’t want to be put on a pedestal. Nor does he want anyone to give him superhero status. What he wants is for kids to realize that anyone can be a veteran, that it’s not a certain type of person. He wants kids to realize war is not like what they see in the movies or video games. He fears kids have a skewed perception of what a soldier is. “There’s no reset button, like in a video game,” Rohde said. “And it’s not just about fighting. I was in construction.
The Roberts interchange at Interstate 94 and Highway 65 was completed Friday, Nov.1, according to a press release from the WisDOT’s Northwest Region. The $24.8 million project began in April 2012, and was finished on schedule and on budget, said project manager Tara Weiss. “We were actually fairly ahead of schedule for quite a period of time this summer, but fell a little behind with the weather this fall,” Weiss said. “We have no final numbers yet budgetwise, but we’re about 95 percent paid.” A diamond interchange was built with rounadabouts at the ramp terminals.
The smiles on the faces of Amanda Olson and Connie Mueller were contagious as they unpacked new supplies in the rebuilt St. Croix Central Elementary School library Monday, Nov. 4. According to Olson, the library media specialist for the district, the library will be ready for students to use Monday, Nov. 11. “Everyone is excited to get in here and see this awesome new space,” Olson said. This week workers are finishing touch-ups, installing electrical components and getting the computers set up.
The Halloween Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular at Somerset Elementary School was a huge success, said event coordinator Beckah Whitlock. Whitlock is co-chair of the Disabilities Awareness Committee (DAC) for the Somerset School District, which hosted the fundraising event. Almost 650 people attended, which is way more than expected, Whitlock said. They raised almost $1,300 in ticket sales. “We expected anywhere between 100 and 400 people,” she said.