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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Lots of superheroes filled the River Falls Public Library's Kiddie Parade Saturday, July 9. The other categories included: Travel the World, Wheels, Favorite Characters, Pets, American History, and Miscellanious. In addition to the Kiddie Parade, the Library also hosted a petting zoo and children's activities by the River Falls YMCA on the Library Lawn. Fore more River Falls Days photos and information, see the July 13 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
Rush hour is the busiest time of day for Kristen Kimmes and Jon Schroeder as commuters stop by on their way home from work to pick up some beer, a bottle of wine, or other products offered by them in their new store DeVine Liquors, 703B N. Main St. River Falls residents Kimmes and Schroeder said they had often wished there was a liquor store closer to their end of town. "We noticed that other people were saying the same thing, and we just kind of figured maybe we should do it before someone else does," said Schroeder. So, Schroeder and Kimmes did research.
River Falls Emergency Services sponsored the June 24 Safety Camp at Glen Park to teach kids about summer safety and their local emergency services. Children learned about summer safety. The camp lasted all day. Sparky the firedog and Gruff McGruff visited during lunchtime and were a big hit with the kids. This was the first annual Safety Camp, Emergency Services hopes to hold another campe next year.
Tami Weber, 1164 Bartosh Lane, can only move her hands, but with persistence and ingenuity, there are a lot of things she can do with just her hands. Weber once needed to take an inhaler, but as she can't move her arms, she couldn't bring the inhaler to her mouth to take it. Weber and her doctor came up with a creative solution. "It was right around the time of the state fair," said Weber, "and everything is on a stick at the state fair. So he says 'inhaler on a stick.' So sure enough, I took a ruler, and I taped the inhaler to the stick.
The new South Fork Suites II dormitory construction continues on the UWRF campus with the laying of the foundation. Miron Construction Company used a crane and large steel drums to lift the cement into the proper place for pouring it into the foundation. The original South Fork Suites is a dormitory complex made of 60 four-person apartment-style suites geared for upperclassmen. South Fork Suites II will be aimed for sophomores transitioning to apartment style housing from average dormitory housing. In the new dorm, groups of around 22 students who will share a kitchenette and living room.
A new business opened in River Falls, but you won't see it as you drive through town. AEL Business Solutions is a web-based company currently run out of the home of Jesse Aerlyn-Crook and Stephanie Aerlyn-Buchan. AEL Business Solutions helps struggling businesses find ways to save enough money to get back in the black. The main way they do this is by finding ways that businesses are being overcharged. Aerlyn-Crook and Aerlyn-Buchan do a free initial consultation to see if they can help a company.
City Engineer Kristy Treichel told the City Council Tuesday night that the transition from Waste Management to Veolia is going well, and almost all issues have been cleared up. The city switched from Waste Management trash service to Veolia last January. Treichel said there were a few problems during the transition, but they have been resolved or improved. There had been many complaints from citizens unable to get in contact with Veolia's customer service department.
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.