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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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.
As the Kinnickinnic Corridor Project continues, the fourth "Kinni Tech Talk," explained the dam relicensing process to attendees. The goal of these tech talks (six in all) is to educate those interested in the different aspects of the River Corridor planning process. This talk held Thursday, May 18, gave an overview of hydropower, discussed the River Falls hydroelectric facilities and the relicensing process. Mark Lobermeier, of SEH Inc., and Lesley Brotkowski, a senior ecologist with TRC Consulting were the presenters. Hydropower
River Falls once again honored Memorial Day with the annual parade along Main and Division Streets running from the American Legion Hall to Greenwood Cemetery where the annual Memorial Day program was held. Though rain fell during the program, attendees were prepared with raincoats and umbrellas.
River Falls once again honored Memorial Day with the annual parade along Main and Division Streets running from the American Legion Hall to Greenwood Cemetery where the annual Memorial Day program was held. Though rain fell during the program, attendees were prepared with raincoats and umbrellas. Following the program a luncheon was held at Legion All by the legion auxiliary.
When it formed in 1976, the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) didn't have a charter. With no internet, and no access to funds to support their research proving each member was a direct descendant of someone involved in the Revolutionary War, the members started their group without an official charter, due to cost, according to a news release. Recently, the present members realized their group, the St. Croix-Chequamegon Chapter didn't have an official charter.
Many people brought items to River Falls' Spring Cleanup event May 8-13. But town of Martell resident Dana Pruitt had a different mission. He was at the cleanup every day to pick up items. Pruitt collects used cribs to fix up and donate to people in need. It all started about five years ago. Pruitt had heard from We Do Feet in Hudson, which collects and distributes furniture for people in need, that they weren't able to take cribs that weren't up to code. "They can't fix them," he said. "So I've been, since then, fixing cribs up for them."
The River Falls City Council recently moved forward with several items that stemmed from the city's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Tuesday, May 9 the city approved working with Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) for a study on the city's emergency medical service (EMS) department. The study will review current operations and provide recommendations for future planning. Assistant City Administrator Julie Bergstrom said this is part of the CIP.