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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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.
The night of Monday, June 20, the school board approved John Witt as summer school principal for the River Falls School District. Witt has been teaching for 25 years. He teaches seventh grade math and reading at Meyer Middle School during the school year.
River Falls Emergency Medical Services was presented with six medical-grade refrigerators donated by United Hospital of St. Paul Wednesday, June 8. The refrigerators will be used to cool the materials used in a treatment for heart attack patients who remain unconscious after their hearts have been restarted. The treatment, known as induced hypothermia, or therapeutic hypothermia treatment, works by cooling the body down to hypothermic levels. James Flink, specialist in intensive care at United Hospital, said cooling the body is all about cooling the brain.
The Music in the Park posters around town are twice as full this year because there'll be twice the concerts as last year. In addition to the regular Friday evening concerts, there will now be concerts Saturday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. "The little park over there is such a nice place to have a music venue and to use it just once a week over the summer seemed like almost a waste of resource, so we thought the more times it can be used the better," said David Markson, chairman of the River Falls Community Arts Base's Music in the Park Committee.