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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River Falls Municipal Utilities employees recently took home three awards from the WPPI Energy Annual Meeting Sept. 13. More than 50 utility organizations were present at the meeting.
At its Tuesday, Sept. 11 meeting, the River Falls City Council approved a resolution authorizing special assessments for the downtown Business Improvement District. The BID has been assessed each year since 1988. The annual assessment is funded by property owners in the BID, and pays for improvements to the BID. The assessment total is $44,500, which includes the city's $2,500 administrative costs. Council Member Chris Gagne asked city staff if the original idea for the BID came frmt city staff or from business owners downtown.
Hudson Middle School eighth-grader Ryan Mayr has been a Scout since he joined Cub Scouts at 8 years old. He said achieving Eagle status has been his goal since the very beginning. "Really just since I started Scouts that's just really been my goal," Mayr said, "and really every Scout's goal to get to Eagle."
Bacon Bash brought bacon-lovers, pig-caller, pig-wing competitors, flying pigs, even Captain Bacon to River Falls Sept. 15-16.
Bacon Bash 2018 got off to a sunny start Saturday, Sept. 15, with the temperature in the upper 80s and sunny skies. People crowded the festival area, listening to live music, enjoying bacon-themed foods, and many Bacon Bash events. The weekend festival kicked off at 10 a.m. Saturday with the official pardoning of two local pigs by River Falls Police Chief Gordon Young. See the full Bacon Bash schedule on the River Falls Chamber of Conmerce website
Art on the Kinni drew an estimated 6,500 people to the banks of the Kinnickinnic River along the White Pathway Saturday, Sept. 8.
Sunday, Sept. 9, volunteers brought the past to life, just south of town at the Glass Valley Cemetery, with this year's annual cemetery walk. The event was a "huge success" according to town of River Falls Cemetery Committee member Jerome Rodewald. "About 35 people attended including Patricia Mory from the Pierce County Historical Society," Rodewald said. At each event, volunteer actors portray a selection of people who were buried in the cemetery.
People have been asking for a dog park in River Falls for years, said Recreation Manager Cindi Danke. "Many years," she said. "And actually, I think there was a Facebook page of 'River Falls needs a dog park' we had looked at years ago. So it's just been something that people have been asking about."
Kinnickinnic River Land Trust Executive Director Dave Drewiske received many comments from people concerned about the new Aldi site's proximity to the Kinnickinnic River. "I'm like 'Well, wait a minute, the city has some of the best if not the best ordinances to protect a river of anywhere in the state, and they are not bending just because we're dealing with an international company," Drewiske said.
Morgan Kivel, 10, Megan Latham, 11, Sophia Kivel, 7, Sydney Kivel, 9, and Hannah Latham, 8, were hanging out at the Tri-Angels Playground in Hoffman Park recently, and went over to use some blue bikes near First National Bank of River Falls Field. They noticed some of the bikes' tires weren't pumped up. There also weren't enough bikes for each of the girls to use, said the Kivels' mother, Robin. "We said, 'what if we bought new bikes, 'cause these aren't very good?'" said Morgan Kivel. "And we just raised money after that."