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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Dozens of residents turned out as two of three candidates for the position of Hammond Village President took questions from mediator Paulette Anderson at a candidate forum put on by the Hammond Events, Leadership & Planning (HELP) Committee on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Hammond Village Hall. Incumbent Tony Bibeau and challenger Erin McComb were on hand to answer residents’ questions, give speeches and take part in an informal meet and greet.
A primary election will be held in the Village of Hammond on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Three residents are vying for the position of Village President and eight are on the ballot for three Village Trustee positions. After the primary, the number of candidates on the ballot in the April 7 election will be narrowed down to two presidential candidates and six trustee candidates. Current Trustee Stan Kolakowski, who was appointed to fill Mack Kamm’s seat in May when Kamm resigned due to “family obligations,” filed non-candidacy papers.
During what most thought would be a routine agenda item amending the budget for previously approved police department bonuses, Hammond Village Trustee Lynn Pabst spoke up and urged other trustees to rescind the 4 percent police department employee raises and to revisit the bonus amounts awarded to those same employees at Monday night’s Hammond Village Board meeting. “Our biggest mistake is we don’t use our administrator to her full capacity,” Pabst said after acknowledging that he voted against the 4 percent raises after a closed session meeting one month ago.
Catherine C. Olson has been serving youth and families as a counselor for over 20 years. Residents in the Central St. Croix area can now count her as one of their own, not only as a resident, but as a business owner too. After years of doing agency work and then having her own private practice in Lakeland, Minn., for two years, she decided to move her practice to Hammond Jan.
Although snowmobilers are lamenting the lack of snow this winter for their sport, ice fishing enthusiasts can rest assured there is plenty of ice for the 11th annual Somerset Youth Athletic Association Bass Lake Ice Fishing Contest, which is set for Saturday, Feb. 21, from noon to 3 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The Adult Division costs $30 per hole; Youth Division (15 years old and younger) is $10 per hole. Online pre-registration is now open at basslakecontest. com. Register by Feb.
A primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 17 is a certainty for the Hammond Village Board races. Three residents turned in candidacy papers for village president. Eight residents declared their candidacy for the three open village trustee positions. Deadline for declaring candidacy was Tuesday, Jan. 6. Three incumbents are running, along with several familiar faces and newcomers.
The Central St. Croix Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored their sixth annual Ice Fishing Tournament last Saturday, Jan. 31, at Twin Lakes in the Town of Warren west of Roberts. The weather cooperated with this year’s event and the turnout for fishing was spectacular. Organizers said that even though it was a bit chilly on the lake, there was no blizzard or sub-zero temperatures to deter folks from coming out and having some fun.
Looking for a reliable, honest, not to mention affordable, mechanic can be stressful, and John and Mandie DeVries realize that. The newlywed couple is hoping you’ll give their brand new hometown auto service center in downtown Roberts a call. Automan Auto Repair opened for business in its new location (117 W. Main St.) a couple of weeks ago after extensive renovations to the building were completed.
Since beginning as principal at Somerset Elementary this past summer, one of Christopher Kamrath’s goals has been to get to know his students for positive reasons. As Kamrath said, principals...
Newly appointed Somerset Police Chief Tom Sirovatka is certainly a familiar face around town. After all, he has been with the Somerset Police Department since 2001. On Dec. 31 he was sworn in as Somerset’s newest police chief, taking the place of Doug Briggs, who retired that same day.