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Oak Hill Stables of River Falls offers horse-drawn carriage rides 4-9 Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 - as it did on Valentine's Day - departing from the West Wind Supper Club and going south on Main Street for a 15-minute ride that costs $40. "Betty" the jet-black Percheron, a type of draft horse, stole the show in shiny tack and red "dressing" in her feet and mane. Handler and stable co-owner/operator Shannon Hansell said the carriage has room for six riders and includes lap blankets to help keep people warm.
Several water-main breaks in the city this year prompt people to ask questions. What causes the breaks? What are the main pipes made of and how old are they? How are the breaks fixed and when do problems indicate the need for replacement? The Journal reported breaks along Ninth Street Jan. 14 and Feb. 4. Another break happened in the 100 block of South Wasson Lane Feb. 5.
The proprietors of Croix Valley Foods and SnappyDog Salsa moved their businesses to River Falls in January, making a new and bigger home inside Suite 7 of the remodeled building at 265 Mound View Road. There, they'll continue producing a line of multiple sauces, salsas, marinades, meat rubs, Bloody Mary spices and more plus they have opened a third company together, Snappy Valley Foods. The new business offers co-packing services and commercial kitchen rental to small producers who need facilities to make jellies, jams, sauces, marinades and similar products.
An Indiana man agreed Jan. 30 to plead guilty to federal charges of running a sex-related Internet extortion scheme involving kids ages 12-17 from multiple states, according to information from the FBI and Department of Justice and many media outlets. Federal authorities arrested Richard Leon Finkbiner, 40, Brazil, Indiana, April 6, accusing him of exploiting minors and coercing them into performing sexually explicit acts online.
River Falls took action at its last City Council meeting to correct tax-accounting discrepancies realized after people began receiving their annual property-tax bill. City Clerk Lu Ann Hecht explained after the meeting, "There was a hiccup in the transfer of data," adding that it's a first-time situation for the city. She began learning of the discrepancies after a resident brought in their tax bill, which did not reflect adjustment made after the open-book review.
The University Center ballroom filled with business supporters at the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism's masquerade-themed annual awards banquet the night of Thursday, Feb. 7. Award winners from 2012 presented honors to this year's winners: Business of the year..................Family Fresh Small business of the year.................Riverwalk Art and Antiques Non-profit of the year.....................St.
An item on the Jan. 22 River Falls City Council agenda announced plans to "vacate" East Park Street, an alley adjacent to it and the part of Sycamore Street north of it. City Planner Tony Steiner told the Council in a memorandum that the abandonment would create better safety and prepare for the eventual and future redevelopment of property south of East Park Street. He wrote, "East Park Street is offset and does not align with West Park Street at the intersection of South Main Street and over the years has not been maintained to city standards.
Matt Cernohous says he felt true surprise when at the Fire Department's annual awards banquet Jan. 19 they called him to accept the Firefighter of the Year award. The group of past recipients votes to pick each year's honoree. "I've been an active member since 2002," he said, actually since 2000 counting training and his probationary period. He recently earned a promotion to lieutenant and feels positive about the challenges of fulfilling a leadership role.
Governor Scott Walker and the new CEO of Wisconsin's Economic Development Corporation, Reed Hall, traveled around the state this week to announced Hall's recent selection, including a stop at the New Richmond Regional Airport around 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. The two met and talked with representatives of business and of several area economic development corporations, including New Richmond and Amery; St. Croix, Pierce, Polk and Dunn counties; as well as the cities of New Richmond and Prescott and the regional group Momentum West.
River Falls first pre-K program, River Falls 4 Children (RF4C), has reached the halfway point of its first year. Those closest to the program say so far it earns high marks. RF4C Program Administrator Rita Humbert, also Westside Elementary principal, and RF4C Program Coordinator Becky McAleavey say good feedback continues from students, parents and teachers.