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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July has arrived, and with it comes River Falls Days. "River Falls (Days) is such a fun, fun event because it's the one opportunity throughout the year when the community can come together and share what a great place we choose to live, work and play here in River Falls," said Chamber CEO Chris Blasius. "It's fun to see old school students gathering together and having a reunion, it's fun to see the families come together and enjoy the kids' activities and the parade, friends gathering to celebrate. It's just a super-enjoyable event and a great way to celebrate."
Hudson native Amelia Skye Dunlap grew up watching the Miss USA pageant. "I loved watching the different girls compete in their evening dresses," she said, "and seeing the diversity that when on up on this Miss USA Stage." She's also long had a love of performing on stage. So when she came across a Facebook ad for Miss Wisconsin USA auditions, it caught her attention; she applied. She wasn't initially sure she'd go to the auditions, but made a last-minute decision to go for it. "I just had this calling to do it," she said. That was last year.
Chelsea Fiedler grew up in River Falls. Now she is hoping to give back to the community through her new job as executive director of Have a Heart, Inc. "What I'm looking to do is have more community involvement," she said. "Make sure that the community knows we're here, that we're looking to help, that we're looking to better the River Falls community, in our own way." Her mission is to add services that will better the lives of River Falls and St. Croix Valley area residents.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Office has issued a media release warning citizens of phone scams in the area. According to the release: "In recent citizen reports, the scammer claims to be from the IRS and says that two certified letters have been sent to the taxpayer in the mail but returned as undeliverable. The scam artist then threatens to arrest the victim ifa payment is not made through a prepaid debit card. "Please remember that the first contact you receive from the IRS will not be through a random, threatening phone call."
There are many sports open for younger kids in the area. Youth Hockey, football, soccer, gymnastics, and now, cheerleading. Sarah Jenkins, herself a former cheerleader, has started the new nonprofit River Falls Cheerleading group. So far, about 25 girls have signed up. "It's going well," she said. Especially as the season doesn't start until August. Jenkins said her own daughter has participated in short-term clinics run by high school cheerleaders.
Lori and Jason Kjos said their place is "definitely a family farm." Lori's aunt and uncle live down the road, and her uncle often helps out on the farm. Her four siblings also often come over to help out, and/or bring their kids. "It really is our extended family farm," Lori said. And for one day, Lori and Jason are going to extend that a bit more. One June 17, they will hosting this year's Pierce County Dairy Breakfast 8 a.m. to noon.
Tara McCracken had never volunteered for a Habitat for Humanity Women Build event before. In fact, she had never volunteered for Habitat at all when she received an invitation to join this year's group of volunteers. "I'm not exactly sure how they got my name," she said. "They called and it just kind of sparked my interest right away." McCracken gathered a group of other volunteers from WESTConsin Credit Union, where she is vice president of the Ellsworth and Prescott offices.
Since the publishing group began publishing 75 years ago, many people have read Little Golden books. People of all ages may remember such titles as "The Poky Little Puppy," "Home for a Bunny," and "The Color Kittens." River Falls Public Library Event and Gallery Coordinator Cole Zrostlik said illustrations make a big difference for kids when they're reading. "I think they get context from pictures," Zrostlik said. "It makes the story more memorable. I think like just like the Poky Little Puppy, maybe you don't know the whole story, but you remember the characters."
The network of pedestrian paths surrounding the Kinnickinnic River in River Falls is set to grow this summer—not once, but twice. City Engineer Reid Wronski said the city has two Kinni Trail System projects planned for this summer. The first is behind Family Fresh. The other will run from Heritage Park parking lot to Division Street. Family Fresh trail
The River Falls City Council voted Tuesday, May 23, to allow the City Attorney and City Administrator to call a promissory note given to St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity. The $400,000 loan was given to Habitat in 2012 to fund the Eco Village project, with a 10-year repayment term. Habitat would pay no interest if the loan was paid off within 10 years. However, Habitat has not made any payments on the loan since May 2016.