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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Local writer Joan Kremer, 120 Sylla St., received an honorable mention for her short story "Burying Grandma," in a contest sponsored by Wisconsin People & Ideas. The magazine, published by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, gave prizes for first second and third place winners of its 2011 Short Story Contest, and honorable mention to four more stories. "Burying Grandma" is about a young woman on the way to her grandmother's funeral who comes to some resolutions in her relationship with her mother.
After two years of preparing and another year of waiting for the ceremony, River Falls resident and Girl Scout Annie Stewart finally received her Gold Award Sunday, June 12. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. One year ago, Stewart held a fair in Ezekiel Lutheran Church's dining room. There was a cooking demonstration, presentations on healthy snacks and living a healthier lifestyle by a dietician from the River Falls Area Hospital who gave and handouts on healthy eating.
The River Falls Fire Department will be having a scheduled training burn on Monday June 27, weather permitting. RFFD will be burning down an old farm house located at N98297 900th St. Fire fighters will be practicing different techniques for putting out fires first from the inside, then from the outside of the house. "It's our chance to test some things out in as controlled an environment and we can have," said Fire Chief Scott Nelson. The main goal of training is to give new fire fighters the best training experience possible.
The night of Monday, June 20, the school board approved John Witt as summer school principal for the River Falls School District. Witt has been teaching for 25 years. He teaches seventh grade math and reading at Meyer Middle School during the school year.
River Falls Emergency Medical Services was presented with six medical-grade refrigerators donated by United Hospital of St. Paul Wednesday, June 8. The refrigerators will be used to cool the materials used in a treatment for heart attack patients who remain unconscious after their hearts have been restarted. The treatment, known as induced hypothermia, or therapeutic hypothermia treatment, works by cooling the body down to hypothermic levels. James Flink, specialist in intensive care at United Hospital, said cooling the body is all about cooling the brain.
The Music in the Park posters around town are twice as full this year because there'll be twice the concerts as last year. In addition to the regular Friday evening concerts, there will now be concerts Saturday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. "The little park over there is such a nice place to have a music venue and to use it just once a week over the summer seemed like almost a waste of resource, so we thought the more times it can be used the better," said David Markson, chairman of the River Falls Community Arts Base's Music in the Park Committee.
Our Neighbor's Place is fixing up four apartments on/at 215 W Cedar St. to give low income families a place to stay. Local churches are sponsoring the renovations. Our Neighbor's Place is recruiting volunteers to help with the renovations. Volunteers will clean, paint, replace carpet, as well as work on carpentry. To volunteer, email Tom Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org , email email@example.com , or call 715-426-9000.
Everywhere they go, Doug and Rita Jenkins are recognized as the owners of the River Falls Roller Rink and Das Spielhaus, a roller skating rink and bar that were torn down 21 years ago. Fewer local people know about the shop Doug and Rita have run for the past 16 years. The This 'n That Second Hand Shop is just north of River Falls on a short frontage road off of Hwy. 65 N towards Roberts.
"Hello, my name is Gretta Stark, and I am the new summer intern for the River Falls Journal." I have said that enough times for me to lose count over the past few days. It makes the perfect beginning for a column introducing me to the people of River Falls. That is, those of you I am not related to, or acquainted with already. I have lived in River Falls since I was eight. I attended St. Bridget Parish School from third through eighth grade.
A new store opened Monday at 703A N. Main St. that will sell tobacco products at a discount. Discount $mokes will sell five types of tobacco, and three types of tubes. The store will also offer cigarette cases, chewing tobacco, humidors and discount cigars. The store is run by Dave Young, the store manager, and owned by Kent Burnstad. Burnstad said he wanted to have a store in the northern Wisconsin market. He and Young went store-hunting in the area, and found the store available on North Main Street.