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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It's been awhile since I wrote a column, and one of my resolutions in the new year is to connect with our readers more, now that I have my feet under me a bit more solidly since becoming regional editor (at least I think I do!) One way of doing that is helping people get to know me better. I am more than the person sitting behind the computer screen, reading and arranging stories for each week's editions and websites.
If you've been paying attention, you've seen a new byline in RiverTown publications, the Pierce County Herald in particular. She is a member of the RiverTown features, government and transportation reporting teams, based in Ellsworth.
Prescott resident Campbell Hundt turned 13 on Friday, Dec. 16. When you think of a typical teen birthday, you might think of a trip to the mall, but Campbell's mom Jana had something else in mind. She surprised Campbell and and her friends by signing them up for a shift ringing bells for the Salvation Army in Hastings, Minn. "To have them learn a bit about giving vs. receiving during the holiday season," Jana said. "I heard about this thru Kool 108 radio station." They were stationed at both doors at the Walmart in Hastings.
Editor's note: This story is part of a series recapping the top stories of 2017. Read the other top stories here . It’s been a long fight for Bay City resident David Meixner, and he is tired. But he refuses to give up in the battle to save what he says is his land from eminent domain proceedings.
Hillcrest Elementary students got in the holiday spirit Thursday, Dec. 14 with their program "Tis the Season." This is the last Hillcrest program, as Hillcrest and Prairie View elementary students will combine in the new Ellsworth Elementary in January. Songs were filled with dance moves and plenty of sass. They were: Kindergarten: I Want To Be An Elf, Groovin' Elf and Hip Hop Elves First grade: The Nutcracker March, A Kitty For A Present and Jingle Bells Second grade: The Little Snowflake, Footprints In The Snow and Snowman Choir
"Envision. Enhance. Enjoy. With your input, these three simple words can take on a new meaning for the Ellsworth, WI community. From the business and restaurant options you wish for, to the recreation, activities, and events that would draw you to downtown—This is a space to share your ideas for strengthening our downtown, leveraging our community's assets, and creating enjoyment for all."
Every child deserves a chance to have a Merry Christmas. That is the inspiration behind the third annual Pierce County Shop with a Cop event, set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 in Ellsworth. About 60 officers from Pierce County law enforcement agencies (including police departments, Pierce County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and State Patrol) will be paired with 60 children for a night of cookie decorating, pizza partying and shopping.
ELLSWORTH -- It was a frosty 22 degrees when gallopers took their places to begin fifth annual Gobbler's Gallop 2017 Thanksgiving Day 5K Family Fun Run in Ellsworth. Several runners and walkers stayed warm at the starting line by hopping up and down, donning turkey caps, or rubbing their hands briskly together. The run, sponsored by St. Paul's United Church of Christ, raises funds for the Pierce County Food Pantry. It started and ended at Nilssen's Foods.
As the holiday season kicks off, the tinkling of Salvation Army bells will waft through the air, beckoning shoppers to drop coins, bills and checks into the waiting Red Kettles, stationed throughout area communities. This year's Pierce County campaign will run Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 at locations in River Falls and Ellsworth, said Pierce County Kettle Coordinator Deanna Hines. "We are very thankful for the people who donate as well as the people who ring bells," Hines said.
What is going on with the proposed Vista Croix development and the former Mary T's building on Oak Street? There is movement, according to City Administrator Jayne Brand. The City recently met with the new owner of the building that once housed a hospital and later a short-lived assisted living facility. The owners are proposing a senior living facility and memory care unit, Brand said. The building has been unused for at least 10 years. "They are working on a demolition plan," Brand said. "They want to build back in the same footprint of the current building."