Hello (again)

To those of you who have been reading my articles and columns in the River Falls Journal, hello again.

To those of you who may not be familiar with me, let me introduce myself.

My name is Gretta Stark, I’m a reporter for the River Falls Journal.

I’ll be sharing a few behind-the-scenes peeks into life as a journalist here on this blog–from stories that have inspired me  to the occasional funny thing heard on the police scanner.

For those of you who enjoyed the story about the squirrel with a death wish that saved my life on the way to work, I am sure there will be more stories like that too.

This is a short post today, so I’ll finish it off with a little peek behind-the-scenes at police scanners.

For those who weren’t aware, here at the Journal, like most newspaper offices, we have police scanners we listen to all day. Most often we hear traffic stops or ambulance calls.

Every once in a blue moon, we hear something that just makes us laugh.

For example, one day at my previous job in New Richmond,  my coworker and I heard St. Croix County dispatchers receive a pocket dial. Apparently the caller was singing along to Carrie Underwood.

And early this winter at the journal, there was a lot of traffic over the scanner about plowing, etc. during one early-season snowstorm. One person finished off their conversation on snow clearing with “And yes, the weather outside is frightful.”

If you have any questions about reporting, or topic ideas, please feel free to leave a comment, or send me an email.


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