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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Editor's note: This story is from December 2016.
After overnight snow blanketed River Falls, Halvard, 10, and Reuben Herfindahl took a few minutes to build a snowman. Though the snow was melting by early afternoon, Halvard said he had had lots of fun building the snowman. Several others also had fun playing in the snow and building snowmen. some of those people shared some photos of their snowy fun with the Journal. You can share your snowy day photo(s) on the Journal's Facebook Page or by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org .
This weekend in River Falls Friday 'Twas the Night Show River Falls Community Theatre presents "The 'Twas the Night Show." a clebration by RFCT for the Christmas season. December 2, 3, 9 & 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society on Hwy 65.
The city is planning ahead for major projects, maintenance, and staffing. The 2017-18 budget, passed during the City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, is the city’s second two-year budget plan, though the budget and levy are still approved annually, per state law. The new budget, set at $82,985,116, includes funds for many major projects, including:
Melanie Perrin has weathered many struggles in life. Now she’s hoping to use those obstacles and how she overcame them to guide others. She’s also managed to fulfill a longtime dream through her efforts. Perrin, a longtime River Falls resident, has written a book that she hopes will help others find hope and strength when battling addiction. “Addiction’s just affected a lot of people in my life, so (I’m) just trying to pay it forward,” she said.
River Falls native Rich Kuss can hardly wait for Christmas. He loves the season of Christmas and all its music. “It’s a time of year that, first of all, people find very meaningful, even if people aren’t Christians or have a spiritual connection,” he said. “They find that sense of family and coming together and wishes for peace and goodwill to be really attractive.” Kuss said some of the “most beautiful melodies” are found in Christmas music. So it’s fitting that his new CD is a Christmas album.
Brad Grant Bernhardt says he has "the perfect view" from his home in an apartment building across from Lake George. He shared this featured photo of geese on a sheet of ice that had formed on Lake George Monday afternoon, Nov. 21. 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.
Though many in River Falls have been excited about the city’s Solar Garden since plans began, not everyone shares that excitement. Residents of Chapman Drive (just east of Highway 35), who live behind the panels, have said throughout the construction process that they are unsatisfied with the way the panels were installed. Specifically, what they object to is the view. Though the name includes the word “garden,” only solar panels have been planted there so far.
Soon the back room of downtown Johnnie’s Bar will fill with family and friends of Vance Zahorski. The 1995 River Falls High School graduate and his loved ones will be getting together to watch a very special TV show. Zahorski is going to be featured on Shark Tank on Friday night, Nov. 18. He said he’s very excited to watch the episode.
This weekend in River Falls: Friday Falls Theatre Trolls, 5, 7, and 9 p.m. UUSRF collects donations for Standing Rock The Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universal Society of River Falls (UUSRF) is collecting supplies to support the Standing Rock Sioux, who are protesting an oil pipeline that would run through their reservation.