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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After more than three weeks, the Kinni Cafe will be ready to reopen Monday, April 24. "We are very eager to get open and see everybody again," said owner Chelsea Leighton. Leighton owns the restaurant with Frank Balazi. The restaurant has been closed these past several weeks due to fire damage. Leighton said she and Balazi got quite a shock the morning of March 29. "We got a call about 5:20 that morning from our waitress that had opened the restaurant that morning for us," Leighton said. A fire had broken out overnight, in the stove.
Liza Serdyuk recently went to a Chris Brown concert with her friends at the Xcel Energy Center. She said it was "super fun." She wanted to go to a concert in the U.S. because it was "the most teenager thing to do here." "I wanted to go to a concert here," she said. "But I didn't know what concert they will have. Then, my friends found this." It was her friends' present to her before she returns to her home in Ukraine. Serdyuk is an exchange student in 11th grade at River Falls High School.
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.