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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Rumors have swirled through Hammond lately that the Senior Center may close. Site manager for both the Hammond and Roberts Senior Centers Jordan Pechuman found out almost two weeks ago that it’s true. “I don’t think it’s been handled well,” Pechuman said. “There has been no formal announcement to the people.” Pechuman, who has been the site manager since February, said he found out from a board member after a HSC board meeting two weeks ago, since he had to leave the meeting early. He said he has received no detailed explanation. According to St.
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel for the Somerset School District’s referendum projects, reported Tom Walters at the Somerset Board of Education’s Nov. 18 meeting. Walters, chair of the facilities committee, said the lockers will be installed in the high school late this week. The roof is almost finished on the addition, Walters said, and the floor and lights will be done in the wrestling room soon. Middle School principal Sara Eichten reported the basketball backboards and colored bleachers were installed in the middle school gym Monday.
Choral teacher Michelle Schmitt has wanted to direct a musical murder mystery for some time, and Oh Horrors! It’s Murder! was the one chosen for fifth- and sixth-graders at St. Croix Central Middle School to perform for their annual fall play. Schmitt’s co-director, social studies teacher Dawn Mohn, described the production as fun and clever. Schmitt said she likes it because it’s different from anything they’ve ever done. “I think the audience will like the music and choreography best,” Mohn said. “The acting and dialogue is pretty good too and it creates a lot of interest.
The Hammond Village Board voted to increase the water portion of the utility bill by 32 percent at a rate of return to the village of 5.25 percent at the regular board meeting Monday, Nov. 11. The water part of utility bills will go up roughly $2.68 per 1,000 gallons used, said Trustee Lynn Pabst. This is an increase of 91 cents per 1,000 gallons.
WisDOT presented four alternatives for eventually converting a segment of Highway 64 to a freeway or expressway between 150th Avenue in the Town of St. Joseph and Highway 65 in New Richmond at a public information meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Somerset High School. The purpose of the meeting was to present and collect input from citizens who live, work and travel Highway 64. This project is independent of the St.
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.