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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U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) was all ears at River Falls City Hall Monday, May 8 where he held a town hall meeting with constituents. Kind started the meeting by listing his main objectives as a congressperson, those he listed included: creating jobs, reducing healthcare costs, simplifying the tax code, working on infrastructure, fiscal responsibility, the farm bill, protection for social security and medicare, and college affordability. Each participating person was given a chance to speak and ask questions.
The city is working with Guide Studio to make it easier for people — particularly visitors — to find their way around River Falls. But, it's not likely anyone will see any physical changes until next year at the earliest. The City Council approved hiring Guide Studio to create a community signage and wayfinding master plan for the city. Senior Planner Brandy Howe said the master plan aims to guide people easily to where they want to go in River Falls.
A group of middle school students has been meeting regularly—just about every Friday afternoon lately — in the band room. The students are joined by several UW-River Falls students, and band director Mike Fuller. The musical gathering is known as the Harmony Bridge program. Last year was Meyer Middle School's first year in the program, participating in the official pilot program. Fuller said the group actually started the year before that, at Meyer. This year has gone very well, Fuller said.
St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity was looking to reach out to some other nonprofit organizations that work with housing issues. Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence had some water damage, and needed to do some repairs at their shelter. "We thought, what better group to collaborate with, for what's called a Women Build event, than collaborating with a great organization like Turningpoint?" said Sarah Rose, who does community outreach and volunteer coordination for St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Jayne Bradford's husband served as a marine, and retired from law enforcement. Her son served in the U.S. Air Force, her nephew in the U.S. Navy. "I have some pretty close personal acquaintance with people dealing with PTSD, and experiences related to service-induced trauma," she said. "The more I studied PTSD, the more apparent it became that you can't separate the physical aspect from the emotional aspect of PTSD."
River Falls High School's Prom was held Saturday, April 29.
The city of River Falls authorized an agreement Tuesday, April 25 with Guide Studio to provide planning services for a community signage and wayfinding master plan. In 2011, the City Council asked staff to research and develop a plan to improve wayfinding in River Falls. A wayfinding report was given in late 2012, and an advisory group formed. Commitments of support from the city, Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement District are now in line. The council has added $45,000 for this plan to the 2017 budget and an additional $40,000 in the 2018 budget. The council also:
As people all over the world celebrated Earth Day, Town of Kinnickinnic residents husband and wife Peter Bloch and Bonnie Rubenstein went the extra mile — or thousand miles, give or take, — to Washington, D.C. The trip was dual-purpose, Bloch said. They went to celebrate his brother's birthday, and see him perform in a play at Ford's Theater, but they also went to join thousands of others in the March for Science.
Most garage sales are organized as a way to earn a little extra cash, but one upcoming garage sale is free. Instead of earning money, Greenwood Elementary students learn about character as they collect items for the free garage sale, dubbed "The Great Greenwood Giveaway." Set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29 in the Greenwood Elementary gym, is one of two school-wide service learning projects under the character education umbrella, said Principal Nate Schurman. The other is a neighborhood leaf-raking event.
River Falls Police Department is gearing up for a big bike ride around town — This year's Torch Run is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3. "In prior years, we've gone from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls up to St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson," said River Falls officer Ryan Miller. "We are staying in town this year, so it'll be a 10-mile loop around town." The new route, Miller said, hits landmarks in town like UWRF, Glen Park, DeSanctis Park, Hoffman Park, the downtown area, The White Pathway, and more.