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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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.
Brian Erdrich, director of the River Falls Community Theatre’s and the high school’s upcoming production of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” has one big thing in common with the local students in the play. One very big thing: River Falls High School.
It's the end of an era for Nancy Holden and the members of the CCC - Coalition for a Compassionate Community. Holden has announced that the CCC is "retiring," the nonprofit dissolved, and its assets divided among the member organizations it supports. Holden and her husband, Doug, are preparing to leave River Falls in 2018. On top of that, she said, the CCC has not been thriving for a while. "I'm sad to see this gathering of like-minded people in the community going down," said Holden, "but it's time." The CCC began in 2011.
The River Falls Economic Development Corporation has a history of trying to foster business incubation to help startup companies get off the ground, says City Administrator Scot Simpson, also the RFEDC executive director. The EDC, city, UW-River Falls and Chippewa Valley Technical College have been working in tandem for six years to create the St. Croix Valley Business Incubator. A ceremonial groundbreaking is planned for 1 p.m. May 10 in Sterling Ponds Corporate Park. But Simpson said, ground likely will be broken before the ceremony, possibly in the next few weeks.
The April 4 unofficial election results have been counts and reported. In River Falls, City Council winners include incumbents Diane Odeen, and Christopher Gagne, and Sean Downing. Unofficial results are as follows: City Council At-Large Diane Odeen (i) 874 Aaron Taylor 256 District 1 William Stuessel 186 Sean Downing 234 District 2 Christopher Gagne (i) 102 Michael Kranz 49
Around 800 people gathered at River Falls High School for this year's Relay For Life. 65 registered survivors attended, and 43 teams registered. "We had a great event," said Kellie Burrows, Relay For Life senior community manager. "We raised $122,663 with anticipation that donations will continue to come in until we close on August 31, 2017, to reach our goal of $145,000!" Donations can still be made online at www.relayforlife.org/riverfallswi or mailed to Burrows at 113 N. Third St.