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Fifth-graders use Journal as a learning tool

Students in Mrs. Wilbur's fifth grade class assembled for a photo on Wednesday morning. Steve Dzubay photo.

A group of fifth-grade students at St. Bridget Parish School are finding lots of new learning opportunities in a 154-year-old local institution -- the community newspaper.

Students in Mrs. Loretta Wilbur's class began studying the River Falls Journal a week ago, watching for clues to determine the difference between editorial content like news stories and paid advertising, like legal notices and garage sales.

On Wednesday, Dec. 14th, Journal publisher Steve Dzubay visited the class and shared information about how the business operates and answered questions.

Students in the class include Mara Parsons, Liam McDonnell, Eryn Herrera, Zach Petersen, Marcella Hicks, Keagan Mears, McKenna Mears, Lilly Whall, Elsa Putzier, Timmy Leary, Garnett Ripley, Brenna Nowak, Claire Wulf, and Sophia Willger.

School principal Sue Steckbauer said St. Bridget's has maintained a tradition of excellence in academics, rooted in faith, and nurturing of academic and personal achievement.

"The quality of our faculty and small class sizes provide a learning environment that challenges all of our students, encourages participation, and promotes a faith-centered sense of service and leadership," she noted in a message on the school's web site.

For more information about St. Bridget School, call 715-425-1872 or visit

Steve Dzubay

Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.