Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previouly worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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In the midst of the road construction on Wisconsin Highway 65 and Interstate 94 in Roberts, a new gas station has also been under construction. The new Pilot Flying J Travel Plaza opened on Monday, Oct. 22, in Roberts on 70th Avenue near the exchange of I-94 and Highway 65.
The second annual "Petapalooza" is set for Sunday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Warren Township Park, near Roberts. The event is a joint effort on the part of several pet nonprofits in the St. Croix Valley: PAWS (Protective Animal Welfare Society) of Western Wisconsin, Gregory's Gift of Hope, Helping Hands for Pets, CatTown Rescue and St. Croix Animal Friends. "It's an event to get the public out to scope us out and see what we're doing in the St.
For its 10th birthday, Grace Place is inviting people to join a celebration on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Grace Place is also asking for sponsors for its 10th birthday. According to Grace Place Director Duana Bremer, the shelter has had sponsors for each room in the shelter since it began operation in 2002. However, after 10 years, Bremer said it was time to start a new group of sponsors. According to Bremer, 11 rooms have already been claimed by groups from River Falls, New Richmond, Somerset and Hudson. There are still three bedrooms, and seven other rooms unsponsored.
Jimmy Smith was surprised to see a baby bird collapsed under the brush on the fifth hole of Bristol Ridge Golf Course on July 10. Smith is a ranger for the golf course and said he was not expecting to see a bird under the bushes. "He was sitting there. The beetles were all around him," Smith said. The bird was slightly smaller than a football with a downy white head and dark wings and a short, dark tail. Smith said the bird was prone when he found it, but it was able to spread its wings when he got closer to check on it.