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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Around 100 people came together at Habitat for Humanity’s Eco Village on Apollo Road Saturday, Oct. 8. The Eco Village has drawn many volunteers to help build homes over the past few years. But this time, the visitors weren’t building, but celebrating their hard work. “It was fabulous,” said St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Dave Engstrom. “The weather was perfect. We had some great, great food for the weather.”
This weekend in River Falls: Friday Falls Theatre "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," 7 and 9:15 p.m. Public Library Gallery "Whodunit -- a Mystery at the Library" Visit the world of your favorite famous fictional sleuths. Saturday "Loons and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill"
River Falls Police Officer Paul Jensen’s new job isn’t just new for him —it’s also new to the police department. Jensen is the new community policing specialist.
Mark and Mara DeBoe, of the town of Pleasant Valley, shared this featured photo Mara calls "Last Cutting," "Late Cutting," or "Late Harvest." Taken Monday, Oct. 3, the photo shows Mark driving the tractor as Mara stacks bales of hay from the wagon. Mara took the photo. "At the time of this photo, everything was working – tractor, baler," the DeBoes said. "Doesn’t get any better."
Birds of a feather flock together, the saying goes, and certain birds have been flocking to an area of prairie established in the northeast end of DeSanctis Park in recent years. The area is a 4.5-acre prairie, planted in 2007, which has been slowly establishing itself since then. The St. Croix Valley Bird Club recently lead an effort to help make park-goers more aware of those birds. The club, the city, the garden club, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service sponsored a sign near the prairie that gives details on some birds people may see in the area.
Donald Hershaw, FFA president at River Falls High School, grew up around tractors. “I’ve always been around tractors my whole life,” Hershaw said. “You can ask anybody in our school...
Cheryl Maplethorpe shared this photo of a hummingbird approaching her bird feeder. For a chance to have your photo or video featured, email a photo or video taken in River Falls to reporter Gretta Stark at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your name, a little bit about yourself, and some information for a caption. All photos and or videos must be appropriate for publication. Professional photography/videography will be disqualified. Photos and videos can be submitted any time.
“Anyone who is looking to enjoy two days of bacon will be in ‘hog heaven’ at Bacon Bash,” said Judy Berg, Chamber of Commerce Tourism Sales Marketing Manager. Since the bacon festival started in 2013, it’s grown to become the country’s largest free bacon-themed festival. “With new food vendors and additional activities, River Falls Bacon Bash is a bacon lover’s paradise that promises to be another fun and quirky event for the whole family,” said Chamber CEO Chris Blasius.
This blue jay was spotted on Cheryl Maplethorpe's deck, missing some neckfeathers. Maplethorpe said she's seen several birds of different species all missing neckfeathers recently. For a chance to have your photo or video featured, email a photo or video taken in River Falls to reporter Gretta Stark at email@example.com . Please include your name, a little bit about yourself, and some information for a caption.
Nice weather, and a nice turnout made for a record-braking Art on the Kinni this year, accourding to River Falls Community Arts Base Board President Steve Preisler. This year's event drew more than 5,500 people Preilser said. See more photos in the Sept. 15 print edition of the River Falls Journal.