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Janis Melum uses the crosswalk at Union and North Main Streets close to the public library to get across the road. She often uses it when walking around town, but is always careful to watch and make sure cars will stop for her before she starts crossing.

More pedestrian relief: Plans advance to make crosswalk safer

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Seventy-six-year-old Janis Melum is always careful as she crosses the street -- especially at the crosswalk on North Main and Union streets that she uses to reach the public library.


Melum, who lives in the nearby Edgewater senior apartments, also uses the crosswalk when she walks to the downtown.

The city added a median, a sign with a light, and orange flags for pedestrians to use after a 2005 pedestrian death.

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously 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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