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Beginning Saturday, residents will see in some River Falls businesses the bins made and placed by Girl Scout Troop 51109 to collect books for the River Falls-based nonprofit Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence. The four 8th graders ask the community to check their shelves, boxes and closets for books they could donate Oct. 20 through Nov. 10. Those with books to spare will find a collection bin at five businesses: Associated Bank, 704 N. Main St. Dick's Fresh Market, 1121 S. Main St. H&F Furnishings, 155 Hwy.
The letter, dated "9 October, 1961" and on file in the River Falls Armory history book, gives the gist in its subject line: Order to Active Duty for up to 12 months. Locals Charles "Chuck" Meyer and James "Jim" Killian are among the 112 men of the HQ Battery, 1/121 Artillery, 32nd Division, who came from River Falls and its surrounding area to answer the duty call and ship to Fort Lewis, Wash. 50 years ago. This month the men commemorate their near-miss from the Cold War days with a reunion of their unit at the local American Legion.
People involved in the Cascade Avenue reconstruction project gathered the morning of Friday, Oct. 12, to celebrate the project with a ribbon cutting. The road is set to open within weeks, and the group gathered first on the lawn of South Hall, where River Falls Mayor Dan Toland, UW River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen and WisDOT Northwest Region Planning Chief Tom Beekman shared thoughts about the major, multi-million project and all that is accomplished with its completion.
Shoppers looking for the downtown business Corporate Apparel will find it at 111 and 113 Elm St., opening Oct. 19. Owner Mike Kramer says the store still offers screen-printing and embroidery for all kinds of apparel, as well as customized promotional items. Those might include yardsticks, pens, candy packages, a wall crawler, novelty buttons, vanity mirrors, adhesive bandages, key chains, letter openers and magnets.
Amy Schreiner traveled more than 5,000 miles to Brazil, staying April 7 to May 9 for the Rotary-sponsored trip. She learned, among many things, that foreign exchange isn't just for kids. Schreiner, known by many around River Falls as "Dr. Amy" from Horizon Family Chiropractic on Main Street, traveled through the northern portion of Brazil with four others of different professions. Their main purpose: To meet, talk and live in the host country to learn about the culture, as well as serve as an ambassador.
Officials from the city of River Falls, the university and the state Department of Transportation plan to gather in front of UW-River Falls' South Hall at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 to mark the near-end of their multi-million dollar Cascade reconstruction project. In case of rain, the event moves inside South Hall. The public is invited for what City Engineer Reid Wronski says will be a gathering to acknowledge the project goals met through a spirit of cooperation among the three major entities. He said without such cooperation, the Cascade road project would not have happened.
What started with a concerned group of citizens presenting an anti-bullying film series in fall 2011 has grown into the Coalition for a Compassionate Community with dozens of members focused on a carefully considered mission: "...to foster mutual respect and inclusion in our community. We provide educational resources, support and recognition to groups and individuals working to prevent oppression, bullying and abuse." "Our first meeting was in November last year," said Rev. Nancy Holden, chairperson of the CCC group and leader of the local Healthy Communities and Recovery Network.
Norwest Equity Partners announced Sept. 17 that it acquired the Quadion Corporation, which locals know better by the name Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, 434 Highland Dr. -- the first business to occupy a site in the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park 17 years ago. Norwest is a leading middle-market investment firm with offices in Minneapolis and New York. MR&P is an international full-service provider of high-value rubber and plastic molded components and assembly solutions.
River Falls rolled out its first line of defense two weeks ago against pesky-and-persistent woodpeckers that want to make a home in the stucco-on-foam roof eaves of City Hall. Maintenance Supervisor Tom Schwalen confirmed Monday that one or two woodpeckers, believed to be the downy species, have been enamored with City Hall since barely a year after it was completed in 2009. Schwalen said he's repaired many of the holes the birds make, which are an inch or so on the outside but bigger inside. They peck through the stucco then create a large cavity behind the entry hole.
City Council members got their first look during a Sept. 11 meeting at River Falls' draft budget for 2013, which City Administrator Scot Simpson summarized. The projected total needed to operate River Falls next year: $41,051,057, an increase over last year's budget total of 2.60%. River Falls anticipates raising the tax levy by 2.7%, which Simpson says is less than projected in the city's fiscal plan. Last year the tax levy increased about 1.3%. He said the outline gives a good first look at how things are shaping up.