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Lee Ann Bjerstedt, the Herald's new summer news intern, is well-suited to be a journalist. "I liked making up stories as a kid," Bjerstedt said Tuesday, the first day of an internship during which she'll mainly be responsible for the news content of the newspaper's annual Pierce County Fair section. She said reading's always been a favorite activity and she enjoys a little bit of most every type of book, but especially historical legends such as "The Da Vinci Code." She's attended young authors' conferences, and considered English and language arts her top school subjects. The River Falls n
DIAMOND BLUFF -- In honor of Diamond Bluff's 150th anniversary, a dinner cruise on the Mississippi Riverboat Jonathan Padelford is being arranged for Friday, June 29. Organizers hope to sign up at least 25 people for the outing, as special rates are available for groups of 25 or more, according to Fred Ottem of Diamond Bluff's park committee, who has previous experience helping arrange the community's participation in the 2004 Grand Excursion. The Padelford will operate from Hastings, Minn., for a series of special public cruises the weekend of June 29-July 1.
Second thoughts characterized Barb Carpenter's career beginnings. First, there were Carpenter's leanings toward a profession in the medical field when she was young. "My mother advised me to work as a nurse's aide for a summer," the retiring Prairie View Elementary School teacher said Wednesday. Once she did, she gained a newfound respect for nurses and decided the job wasn't for her. Then, the Manitowoc native pursued another of the traditional occupations for women at the time--being an educator.
With her own son serving in Iraq, Sue Holst has often thought about the families of other area soldiers on duty. Since going to the war-torn country in March, Holst's son, Army Warrant Officer Randy Clemons, made her aware of Family Readiness Groups. FRGs provide support for soldiers' families, help them get ready for deployments, update them on what's going on and more. In the past few weeks, Holst has joined members of her own family and friends in forming such a group here.
Teacher John Groh has turned the closing of Lindgren Elementary School into a history lesson for his fourth grade class there. Groh's 19 students researched the school's past and compiled the resulting information into a book distributed in conjunction with special closing ceremonies last week. This term was the local teacher's first at the site. "I was on the committee that looked at closing schools, and it wasn't easy," he said Wednesday, referring to the discontinuation of Lindgren and Sunnyside elementaries as traditional public schools.
United Way St. Croix Valley's "Success by Six" program focusing on child development was outlined for the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Thursday. The program promotes getting children off early to a right start, said John Coughlin, executive director of the organization. Babies learn from their mothers at birth and a critical period occurs soon thereafter for such traits as vision, emotional control and developmental aspects, Coughlin said. "The first three years are especially important," he said. Unfortunately, an achievement gap also begins early, according to the director.
Three Plum City High School alumni who died in service to their country were honored with a new standing tribute at the school on Memorial Day Monday. Three marble benches inscribed with the names of Sgt. First Class Trevor Diesing, who sacrified in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Pfcs. Patrick Carroll and Richard Carlson, in the Vietnam Conflict, were dedicated in a ceremony attended by Third District Congressman Ron Kind, a representative of U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, Pierce County Veterans Service Officer Merlin Blaisdell, school officials and community members. State Sen.
BAY CITY --- All work and no play may make Jack a dull boy, as the old saying goes, but where does that leave Jill? If she was a member of Girl Scout Troop 1104 in the Bay City area, she could have participated in just the right mix of work and play to create a successful Scouting experience the past nine months.
While elementary education was her major in college, Bobbie Sawyers minored in foreign languages. Sawyers studied French and Spanish, she said Wednesday.
SDS Architects of Eau Claire was hired by the Ellsworth School Board Monday to conduct thorough evaluations of Hillcrest and Prairie View elementary schools, and provide feedback to the district's long-range planning committee. At $7,500, SDS' was one of the best fees from the firms submitting proposals for the job, Superintendent Dan Kaler said.