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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Brian Erdrich, director of the River Falls Community Theatre’s and the high school’s upcoming production of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” has one big thing in common with the local students in the play. One very big thing: River Falls High School.
It's the end of an era for Nancy Holden and the members of the CCC - Coalition for a Compassionate Community. Holden has announced that the CCC is "retiring," the nonprofit dissolved, and its assets divided among the member organizations it supports. Holden and her husband, Doug, are preparing to leave River Falls in 2018. On top of that, she said, the CCC has not been thriving for a while. "I'm sad to see this gathering of like-minded people in the community going down," said Holden, "but it's time." The CCC began in 2011.
The River Falls Economic Development Corporation has a history of trying to foster business incubation to help startup companies get off the ground, says City Administrator Scot Simpson, also the RFEDC executive director. The EDC, city, UW-River Falls and Chippewa Valley Technical College have been working in tandem for six years to create the St. Croix Valley Business Incubator. A ceremonial groundbreaking is planned for 1 p.m. May 10 in Sterling Ponds Corporate Park. But Simpson said, ground likely will be broken before the ceremony, possibly in the next few weeks.
The April 4 unofficial election results have been counts and reported. In River Falls, City Council winners include incumbents Diane Odeen, and Christopher Gagne, and Sean Downing. Unofficial results are as follows: City Council At-Large Diane Odeen (i) 874 Aaron Taylor 256 District 1 William Stuessel 186 Sean Downing 234 District 2 Christopher Gagne (i) 102 Michael Kranz 49
Around 800 people gathered at River Falls High School for this year's Relay For Life. 65 registered survivors attended, and 43 teams registered. "We had a great event," said Kellie Burrows, Relay For Life senior community manager. "We raised $122,663 with anticipation that donations will continue to come in until we close on August 31, 2017, to reach our goal of $145,000!" Donations can still be made online at www.relayforlife.org/riverfallswi or mailed to Burrows at 113 N. Third St.
This year's Relay For Life rasied $122,663 for the American Cancer Society, and Senior Community Manager Kellie Burrows said she hopes to reach this year's goal of $145,000 by Aug. 31, when Relay will stop collecting donations for this year's event. Donations can still be made online . Around 800 guests attended this year's event, held Friday, March 24. There were 65 registered survivors present, and 43 teams registered for the event.
At the end of last month, UW-River Falls Dean of the College of Education Michael Harris and Greenwood Elementary Principal Nate Schurman walked into Mary Linehan's fifth grade phy ed class. Harris read a letter from Stacy Furness of the university's Health and Human Performance Department. She had nominated Linehan for a Pre-Service Mentor Award from the UW-System. Harris and Schurman were there to present Linehan with the actual award. Linehan said she was "very surprised but very honored."
When Jessica Schmitt's husband, Master Sgt. Derrick J. Schmitt, was disabled after his 22 1/2 years serving in the U.S. Air Force, she took an unpaid leave of absence from work to care for him. Derrick had served in the U.S. Air force Security Forces Phoenix Raven Special Operations Forces. While he was struggling with health problems, Jessica said Derrick couldn't be left alone and wasn't able to get Veterans Affairs benefits. So Jessica, a nurse for many years, cared for her husband.
River Falls has a new City Clerk. Amy White was recently hired to fill that position. So far, White said, the new job is great. The best part of working in River Falls, she said, are the people she works with. "They're so welcoming and patient with me in transitioning into my new position," White said.
The City Council voted to eliminate several older portions of the Municipal Code that are now redundant during its regular meeting Tuesday evening, March 14. Those “obsolete” ordinances governed: