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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Another record crowd jammed the White Pathway Saturday, Sept. 9 for Art on the Kinni (AOK), River Falls Community Arts Base (CAB) president Steve Preisler said. He said some 5,760 people came out to Veterans and Heritage Parks and the White Pathway to enjoy AOK. Earlier in the day, attendance was lighter, but after the first half hour things really "took off," Preisler said, and didn't slow down until around the last hour of the event. "I talked to every artist and all but a few reported brisk sales," Preisler said.
The River Falls School District is planning a referendum for the April election, pending community feedback. The idea, said District Superintendent Jamie Benson, is to do some long-range planning.
Over the past couple of months, Reubin Herfindahl has seen numbers of people coming into his computer repair shop, Digital Brigade, increase dramatically. Herfindahl said up until recently, he'd see one or two people reporting so-called "Call this number, you have a virus" phishing scams each week. A few weeks ago, he had a dozen customers who had problems related to such a scam. He said numbers have stayed similar. Herfindahl said the "Call this number, you have a virus" phishing scam starts with a phony webpage.
Seventy-five artists are getting set for River Falls Community Arts Base's (CAB) annual Art of the Kinni (AOK) celebration. The 22nd annual AOK is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in Veteran's Park, Heritage Park, and the Kinnickinnic Trail/White Pathway. CAB President Steve Preisler said 14 of the 75 artists will be making their AOK debut this year. Six artists will be on the "Budding Artist Bridge" — the Veteran's Park bridge — showing their work, some for the first time.
Harold Henson was one of the first artists to take part in the River Falls Community Arts Base's Art on the Kinni event, more than 20 years ago. On Saturday, Aug. 9, Henson will take part in his last Art on the Kinni. Henson's doctor advised him against doing Art on the Kinni, for health reasons. So, he decided to make this year's event his farewell and thank-you to everyone who has supported him over the years.
It's been a busy summer of construction at the Spring Valley Middle/High School. The Spring Valley Board of Education heard construction updates Monday, Aug. 21 on the status of the summer facility projects during its regular meeting. "We're running behind schedule in most of the areas," Superintendent Dr. Donald Haack said. "We'll have it ready by the time kids get in, but we'd hoped to have it pretty well wrapped up by now, and it's going to take the next couple weeks." Haack said that weather has been a factor in delaying work.
Those driving on Main Street past Cascade Avenue in River Falls this weekend may have seen a group of people holding brightly colored signs, rainbow-colored "peace" flags, and more. The group "Rise Up Western Wisconsin" organized a "Rise Up Against Hate" demonstration from 2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Aug. 19 and 20. The demonstrators' goal was to support unity and diversity in the River Falls community and the country, to provide a reminder that hate groups could operate anywhere, in the aftermath of the recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Clarke Garry, UW-River Falls professor emeritus of biology, had been writing a column for Fly Fishing magazine for years. When the editor/publisher died, the magazine died with him. But Garry's urge to keep writing lived on. So he kept writing essays. "At some point, I thought, you know... I could put these together into a compilation," Garry said. That compliation grew into a book Garry called "In the Kinnickinnic, Stories of a River and Its Insect Life." "It sort of evolved more than anything," Garry said.
River Falls residents have some options for viewing the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the River Falls Public Library will stream NASA's live Eclipse coverage. A pinhole projector craft project is also planned. Pinhole projectors are a safe way to view the eclipse. UW-River Falls's physics department plans to set up some safe viewing equipment outside the observatory, provided weather allows, south of Centennial Science Hall, from about 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Daniel "Shooter" Suffield, of Shooter's Pub, 107 E. Elm St., and Jason Marks, of Broz Sports Bar, 127 S. Main St., are both hoping to see fewer underage drinkers coming into their bars with fake IDs in the future. In April, an underage drinker was caught at Shooter's with two fake IDs on him, and his real ID, Suffield said. He and Marks said this particular underage drinker was also seen on surveillance footage at Broz using a fake ID to drink. The underage drinker was arrested by police. But Suffield and Marks went a step further.