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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About 75 people gathered Saturday evening, Aug. 3, near the White Pathway to remember their loved ones who died tragically through the annual Walk for Awareness sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program. The event, honoring the lives of those lost and raising awareness of untimely deaths with such causes as car accidents, drunk driving, homicide, suicide and drug overdose. Event-goers walked the White Pathway with luminaries in hand, and paused to view posters depicting lost loved ones.
Local Author Don Nelson will be holding a book signing at the River Falls Public Library on Tuesday, Aug.
Gallery 120 owner Ila June Brown-Pratt and Custom Framing & Art owner Pat Hammerback have been working this week to set up an art exhibit that will display more than 110 works of art made by Amara, Sophie and Cecilia Schaffhausen. The art includes sketches, pantings, fabric hangings and sculptures. The show's opening is Friday (Aug. 9) from 4-8 p.m. For more information, please see the Aug. 8 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
'Railroadiana' is neither a state nor a disease. You can't go there and you can't catch it. Railroadiana refers to artifacts - collectible items from currently or formerly operating trains. Railroadiana will also be incorporated into an upcoming show at the River Falls Public Library's gallery, according to the library's gallery/event coordinator Katie Chaffee. Chaffee said the Model Railroad exhibit has been in the works for around four years, ever since a library patron suggested an exhibit featuring model railroads.
While many artists work with paint and paper or canvas, Michael Latessa works with ink and human skin. “It’s just a very personal type of medium… to be able to create art on a human being and have them put that much trust and all that into me,” Latessa said, “it’s a high of its own.” Latessa is a tattoo artist. And he’s opening his new shop in River Falls on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Third Eye Tattoo Parlor (128 South Main Street) is Latessa’s third tattoo shop. He is licensed to tattoo in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. He specializes in portrait and surrealism tattoos.
In eighth grade, my class made predictions about where we would be in 10 years. Most of our predictions were pretty out-there. According to us, one girl was to be the next Oprah Winfrey, another a celebrated artist. I was to be a United States Supreme Court Justice.
Plants aren't the only things growing at Grow to Share Community Gardens in River Falls this summer. Grow to Share has been running a series of "Grow to Learn" classes for kids age 2-5 and up. Through the weekly classes held at the community gardens east of Hoffman Park in River Falls, children learn about plants and gardening. On Wednesday, July 31, Grow to Share teamed up with the River Falls Public Library, holding the Grow to Learn class at 11 a.m. after the library's 10:30 a.m. summer reading program session.
Construction crews used a crane to lift heating and ventilation units to the roof of Meyer Middle School this mornining (Wednesday, July 31) starting at about 8 a.m. The heating and ventilation units are expected to be in place before noon. The work is part a River Falls School District referrendum for school building improvments.
On an unseasonably chilly evening Friday, July 26, band Swing and a Miss played music that kept dancing children warm and cold toes tapping. Swing and a Miss's performance is the fifth of 10 Friday Music in the Park concerts scheduled this summer. Music in the Park concerts are organized by the River Falls Community Arts Base and supported by local sponsors. The concerts are held at 7 p.m. in Veteran's Park Fridays and Saturdays June-August. The next performances will be Bad Habits Brass Band on Friday, Aug. 2 and The Ditch Lilies on Saturday, Aug. 3.
River Falls citizens enjoyed coffee and coversation with several police officers starting at 8 a.m. today (Friday, July 26) at Family Fresh, 303 S. Main St., in the supermarket’s corner café. This was River Falls's first Coffee with a cop event. River Falls police started the event to give people a chance to talk with officers in an informal setting. Pictured (from left) are Rive Falls Patrol officer Ryan Miller, Sonia Hammond and Sharyn Lienke, chatting.