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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Tim Montgomery, and his family are giving new meaning to the words "family TV show." Montgomery produces "FESTIVAL" a children's TV show, with help from his family, including wife Aoh, children Chris, Matthew, and Angel, and relatives mark Kohout and Aaron Sturz. FESTIVAL is produced on a volunteer basis for River Falls Community Television (RFC-TV, channel 16). Montgomery also works with RFC-TV's Dennis Hildreth to get the show on air.
Every time she sees a production of "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," Celeste Raspanti gets nervous. That's because the play is Raspanti's own work, and she said, she's always a little worried to see how the director interprets her play. Raspanti, of St. Paul, came to see another production of "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," Sunday, April 9 at River Falls High School. She told the cast one of the lines said by Sophia Schmidt, who played Raja, was very important.
Many people came to River Falls High School Saturday, April 8 to enjoy the annual Easter Egg Hunt, organized by the Lions Club.
Around 135 people gathered at St. Bridget Catholic Church Thursday, April 6 to listen to former Duluth Mayor Don Ness speak about economic and neighborhood development. This was the third of six "Tech Talks" planned by the Kinni Corridor Committee. Each talk relates to an aspect of River Corridor planning. Ness congratulated River Falls for the "thoughtful process" the city employees, representatives, and residents are engaging in to address the issue of the Kinnickinnic River.
Wednesday, March 29, a public post on the Kinni Cafe (702 N. Main St.) Facebook page announced that the restaurant would be closed for a few days, due to an overnight fire. River Falls Assistant fire Chief Mike Moody said the fire department was called to the Kinni Cafe just before 6 a.m. March 29. He said the fire had occurred overnight in the kitchen, and was out when he arrived. "There had been smoke in the whole building and heavy fire damage in the kitchen," Moody said. "It was determined that the fire started in a grease pan under the grill.
Peter M. Anderson, 23, River Falls, was cited for urination, defecation or vomiting in public on South Main Street, near Spring Street last week. Anderson was reportedly observed urinating on the west side of Holiday Gas station. When stopped by police, and asked what he was doing, Anderson allegedly said "I'm not going to lie, I was peeing." An 8-year-old River Falls juvenile was cited for disorderly conduct March 27.
Many children, and families came to River Falls High School Saturday morning to enjoy the annual Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt. Kids could hunt for eggs in the gym, and play several games in the high school commons to win prizes. The Easter Bunny was also seen, as were the River Falls Royal Ambassadors, and some fairytale princesses. See more photos in the April 13 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
The City of River Falls is continuing to move forward with plans to enact changes to Glen Park, which are laid out in the city's parks master plan. During its March 28 regular meeting, the River Falls City Council authorized City Administrator Scot Simpson to enter an agreement with ISG for "professional services" for design work for renovations at Glen Park. The preliminary design service fee is $89,855. Staff had estimated this fee would be $128,000.
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.