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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Members of the River Falls Chamber of Commerce filled the UW-River Falls University Center Ballroom Thursday evening, Feb. 2, for the chamber's annual awards banquet. This 2016 winners include: Ambassador of the Year Monica Wright Citizen of the Year Carole Mottaz Non-profit of the year FORWARD Foundation Small business of the Year Fox Den Used Books Large Business of the Year Best Maid Cookie Factory
Every day, school children around the country recite a pledge that promises 'liberty and justice for all.' Longtime town of Martell resident Juliet Tomkins said that since Donald Trump became president, many people around the country have said they feel that 'liberty and justice for all' is threatened by his policies.
Public elementary school students recently finished an eight-week long environmental game that had classrooms competing against each other within the local schools. Each week the top scoring class at each school won a prize such a stickers. The students got a lot more than stickers out of the game. Called "Cool Choices," it taught kids about sustainability, which is good for the environment and good for tax and utility rate payers.
Shoenthaler is involved in pep club, student council, prom committee, biology club, the CATS mentorship program, she's a CNA at Christian community Home, volunteers at a local soup kitchen, and more. The youth community service award was only one part of this year's MLK celebration, Monday morning, Jan. 16, at St. Bridget Church, 211, E. Division St.
Carole Mottaz chairs the Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Croix Valley board. She's a Rotary member and the chair of her church's mission committee, serving on two action teams on that committee which address homelessness and veterans' needs. Mottaz volunteers at The Simpson Shelter, an overnight homeless shelter in Minneapolis. She also chairs the Police and Fire Commission and the River Falls EMS board. And when she's not volunteering, Mottaz finds time to travel, read, spend time with friends and golf in the summer.
As February approaches, the River Falls Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to celebrate with its Annual Dinner and Awards banquet. The chamber has gone through many themes in the past from Mardi Gras to Derby. Next month's theme is "denim and diamonds." "Denim and diamonds is kind of a fun way to incorporate people being able to dress casual, as well as adding a dash of glam," said chamber Event and Program Coordinator Maranda Mahr. With the new theme, Mahr said a few of the networking and social hour activities will be switched to give event-goers a little surprise.
Svenja Kraut had never been to the United States before coming here four months ago. The 10th grade exchange student from Northern Germany said she was inspired by seeing a friend go on an exchange trip. "It was always like a dream, but I never thought of really doing it," Kraut said. "Then I thought, why not?" Kraut, who, at home, attends a gymnasium — the most advanced type of secondary school found in Germany — said school is very different here in River Falls.
The first baby of 2017 born at Allina Health River Falls Area Hospital made his appearance at 8:58 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. Nolan Varo, weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and measuring 20.25 inches long, was born in the Birth Center to proud parents Adam and Nancy Varo of River Falls. Nurses presented the family with a gift basket of baby items contributed by the Birth Center and auxiliary members in celebration of being the first newborn of 2017.
Many River Falls Municipal Utilities customers lost power due to a late night outage Thursday, Jan. 12. Utility Director Kevin Westhuis said the outage was due to a malfunctioning relay in one of the city's substations.
Thanks to the work of a city intern, there is a new way to explore River Falls. Intern Tyler Galde has created two new Story Maps. The interactive websites allow people to explore the city from the comfort of their own home, or from afar, or take a walking tour of the city.