Subscribe|Advertise|Contact Us|Order Photos

Features & People

feature photo

Women Behind the Wheel: Anita Jackson and Gayle Alquist prepare to transport precious cargo home from school .

Recent Features

Scenic Rivers Health Services New facility, new faces, new location

Ten new teachers join South Ridge

City of Cromwell receibes funds for flags

A couple of runner-up finishes

Wahlin, Carlson win club championships

Bree Tuhkanen loves her job!

A museum-quality collection

Riding with purpose

Water Institute kids enjoy camping experience

From a stick stand in 1997 to the State Fair in 2005 ... Cinnie Smiths now in U.S. Bank Stadium

Safety and fun are number one!
By Shari Horton Contributing Writer• September 27, 2016
 

McGREGOR, Minn. — Anita Jackson and Gayle Alquist carry precious cargo during the hours they spend behind the wheel. Anita and Gayle transport children to and from school each day on their McGregor School bus routes.

Gayle is semi-retired after spending years managing the McGregor Great River Garden Center and McGregor Greenhouse. She and her husband Gil have lived in the McGregor area for 30 years and have one son and two grandchildren.

Anita and her husband Mike, owner of A&M Auto in McGregor, have been married for 45 years and moved to McGregor 25 years ago. They have two grown children and five grandchildren. Prior to becoming a bus driver seven years ago, Anita worked in daycare for 20 years.

Anita started out driving activity buses and working as a substitute driver prior to securing her current route while Gayle subbed for two to three years before taking on her own route. Anita’s route covers 65 miles and Gayle logs approximately 70 miles in the morning and afternoon. Anita also runs an evening activity bus route.

While they drive in a variety of weather conditions, both say the buses are very heavy and therefore fairly easy to navigate through snow-covered roads. Anita said ....

For the rest of this story and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

__________
feature photo

Spacious and Friendly Greeting: Patients can expect a spacious and friendly greeting from receptionist Kristina Westerberg. The warm and bright atmosphere at the Floodwood Clinic is a big improvement over the previous facility. Stop in and visit at their Grand Opening scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 1-6 p.m..

Recent Features

Ten new teachers join South Ridge

City of Cromwell receibes funds for flags

A couple of runner-up finishes

Wahlin, Carlson win club championships

Bree Tuhkanen loves her job!

A museum-quality collection

Riding with purpose

Water Institute kids enjoy camping experience

From a stick stand in 1997 to the State Fair in 2005 ... Cinnie Smiths now in U.S. Bank Stadium

The Marketplace in McGregor features specialty stores

Scenic Rivers Health Services New facility, new faces, new location
Voyageur Press• September 20, 2016
 

Floodwood, Minn. — It is official! The remodeling of the new Scenic Rivers Health Services in Floodwood has been completed. The staff at Scenic Rivers is excited to announce they have a great space in a new location (810 Poplar Street) where they continue to provide quality and compassionate care. To celebrate this wonderful new development, an open house has been scheduled for Oct. 26, 2016, from 1-4 p.m.

In addition to a new facility, the clinic in Floodwood has a few new faces along with familiar faces. Deb Tollgaard took over for Sharon Miller as the site manager in March, while Lori Pykkonen has teamed up with Aaron Heaslet as the new providers. Our friend Dawn Shafer retired in July.

Lori, a certified nurse practitioner, has been serving patients in Floodwood for about two years. Lori, a graduate of the College of St. Scholastica, admits that her passion has always been to serve in a smaller, rural community. “I’ve always wanted to make a difference and one of the things we have lost in healthcare is the personalized care,” she said. “This rural community has provided me with that opportunity.”

Case in point, Lori recently went goose hunting with the Fjeld family. “I just went out on Saturday,” Lori explained. “I love that interaction. It is a time to get to know people on a personal level.”

Lori is very outgoing and has no problem interacting with her patients. She recently helped someone bury their dog, has ....

For the rest of this story and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

feature photo

South ridge New Staff: Althea Montgomery (fifth grade), Danielle Siatz (fifth grade), Bjorn Anderson (social studies), Tanya Belden (ECFE), Natalie Aho (kindergarten), Rachel Deibele (special education), Jessica Williams (special education) and Katie Siatz (6th Grade) join the South Ridge team. NOT PICTURED: Blake Johnson (Science) and Sara Lorbiecki-Brown (ECFE).

Recent Features

City of Cromwell receibes funds for flags

A couple of runner-up finishes

Wahlin, Carlson win club championships

Bree Tuhkanen loves her job!

A museum-quality collection

Riding with purpose

Water Institute kids enjoy camping experience

From a stick stand in 1997 to the State Fair in 2005 ... Cinnie Smiths now in U.S. Bank Stadium

The Marketplace in McGregor features specialty stores

DAN GUIDA: Protecting our county and country

Ten new teachers join South Ridge
Voyageur Press• September 13, 2016
 

CULVER, Minn.—South Ridge School began the 2016-17 school year this past Tuesday. Joining the staff are four elementary teachers, a couple of high school teachers, two special education teachers and two Early Childhood Family Educators.

NATALIE AHO • Kindergarten

Natalie Aho is the new kindergarten teacher at South Ridge. Natalie has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. After college, Natalie worked several years as a preschool teacher.
Then Natalie became a mom and chose to be a stay-at-home mom until her children started school. Most recently, Natalie worked at Hermantown ECFE for two years and last year she taught second grade at Bay View Elementary in Proctor.
South Ridge School is a good fit for Natalie. “My cousin, Carl Grussendorf, has worked at Albrook/South Ridge for many years and I have always heard what a great place it is to work,” she explained. “I was excited to see a kindergarten position open and applied!”
Natalie has been married to Ryan for almost 16 years and they have two children, Katie (12) and Tommy (eight). Natalie enjoys reading, hiking area trails with my family and playing volleyball and basketball.

DANIELLE PUTZKE
Fifth grade math and social studies

Danielle Putzke comes to South Ridge School from Superior, Wis. Danielle has been hired as the new fifth grade math and social studies teacher.
Danielle graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and has been a teacher in Superior for eight years. “I taught grades six, five, four-five, and two-three for six years before I resigned from that position to be home with my four children,” said ....

For the rest of this story and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

__________
__________

Riverwood Northland Village link Cinnie Smith link Grand Timber Bank Advertise online! Advertise online! Advertise online! Advertise online! Advertise online! Advertise online!

. i