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The adage "time flies when you're having fun" rings true for me as I wrap up eight years of reporting in River Falls. A happy kind of job-location change for my husband leads us to Zimmerman, Minn., this week. As much as I try to be a look-forward kind of person, I admit to a quivering lip as I drove away from the Journal office Friday, my last day of work. The run here - wow.
River Falls begins anew the process of filling an open seat on the City Council -- for the second time since the early April elections. David Cronk, formerly an at-large alderperson, ran successfully this spring for the District 1 seat that Tom Caflisch previously held for multiple terms.
The City Council voted 3-2 at its meeting Tuesday against granting a reserve liquor license to Hernandez Entertainment, LLC, which wants to open Friends Bar & Grill at 1107 S. Wasson Ln., a location familiar to many locals as "the old PRs place." The application lists Sonia Hernandez as the business owner and Darrell Delahousaye as its agent. It describes the plan for a bar and restaurant with banquet facilities.
Commenting about the plan to develop a special playground honoring the memory of her three late daughters, Jessica Schaffhausen said she'd like to see the focus on Amara, Sophie and Cecilia - and more so on how they lived than how they died. "I just want something positive to come from this," she said. In April a St. Croix County jury rejected her ex-husband's insanity defense on three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of their daughters last July.
The 12-member Chamber of Commerce-sponsored group Leadership River Falls got busy Thursday, May 16, building for its civic-service project and installing River Falls' third Little Free Library at the Eco Village being developed by the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity. The big group ventured out Sunday, May 19, for a productive day, erecting six more Little Free Libraries at various locations around town. An LFL now sits at each of these River Falls locations: 417 E. Maple St. 811 Oak Knoll Ave. 403 N.
An honor celebration held May 15 at Kinnic Health and Rehab spotlighted the service of seven veterans living there. Each received a certificate of appreciation and a lapel pin that says: "A grateful nation thanks you, USA veteran." The ceremony also featured a large poster board showing some old photos of the honorees in their uniforms.
River Falls resident and 21-year military veteran Bret VanBlaircom visited the April 23 City Council meeting to offer thanks to the city for signing a statement of support for troops and give information about his new role in the community. People may see him around town, paying visits to businesses and other types of employers. He introduced himself as the volunteer outreach coordinator for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program (ESGR) who covers District 7, which includes all of Pierce and St.
The River Falls Golf Course on County Road M opens the season for the first time as a public golf course, having shed its semi-private club status plus made other improvements during the long winter. General Manager Doug Hanson, along with several staff members, explained recent changes. "We are completely public," Hanson said last week. The golf course added a golf simulator in its pro shop, which enables golfers to practice their swing inside and get some insight about how they're hitting. People entering the pro shop or bar area may not realize the wall between them is gone but will pro
Longtime River Falls resident Dana Pruitt introduced a new non-profit concept last spring in which he collects used baby items to recycle, refurbish and/or rebuild then donate to places that need them, such as the local emergency shelter Our Neighbors' Place and the local domestic abuse shelter Turningpoint. In some cases he rebuilds or repairs faulty, old or recalled cribs and other furniture. Other items he disassembles to recycle their parts - be they metal, plastic or usable as replacements.
Mitesh "Mit" Shah confirmed last week that he's bought the Riverview Hotel & Suites, 100 Spring St., and plans to make improvements during the next two or three months. He said, "This property will be a Best Western Plus." Shah explained that he'll make certain improvements to the hotel so that it qualifies for the franchise status. He said the upgrades consist of an expanded hot breakfast for guests, bigger TVs, upgraded bedding, a better cleaning program, and required signage, as well as more small amenities in the rooms.