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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Until last year Emily Gjerde had never walked in high heels. She never wore makeup, and she wore jeans, T-shirts and sweatshirts almost exclusively. “People called me Emmett instead of Emily,” Gjerde said. Then MTV contacted River Falls High School, asking to come to the school to see students.
An estimated 425-450 people went through the public library's annual Halloween childrne's event, this year called "The Labyrinth of Not-So-Terrible-Terror." The event started at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Library event and gallery coordinator Katie Chaffee said it was "wildly successful." Visitors travelled through the "Labyrinth of Not-So-Terrible-Terror" with a guide. The kids were asked to help find "dragon eggs" and return them to a wizard.
Even when officers are not drawing their weapon or pursuing a car down the highway, they must be ready for anything. River Falls patrol officer Kevin Moore told me this as I rode along in his car on the Friday night late shift. “You go from cold to hot like that,” Moore said. Before leaving the station, Moore and his fellow officers sat down to talk. Sgt.
The River Falls Royal Ambassadors became Disney characters for the Chamber of Commerce's Community Business Expo. The Expo, held at River Falls High School, is always Halloween-themed. Chamber event and program coordinator Maranda Mahr said the event drew about 1,700 people. "It was defnitely a busy event," Mahr said. "We really appreciate the community's involvement." For more photos and information, please see the Oct. 31, print edition of the River Falls Journal.
New 40 mph speed signs are in place on Paulson Road between Whitetail Boulevard and Radio Road. The increased speed is thaks to a decision made at the Tuesday, Oct. 8 city council meeting. At the meeting, the council held a second reading for an amendment to the city's Official Traffic Control Map, which would change the speed limit in the previously mentioned area of Paulson Road to 35mph. However, after a discussion, the council voted to increase the speed limit to 40 mph instead.
The Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for what it hopes will be a hauntingly good time this weekend. The chamber’s annual Community Business Expo will be Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. “I think it’s going to be a good time,” said Chamber Event and Program Coordinator Maranda Mahr. The Halloween-themed event is free to attend and features booths by at least 70 local businesses and nonprofits, as well as entertainment scheduled throughout the day. The entertainment will kick off at noon with Zumba, followed by a 12:30 p.m.
The River Falls High School Marching Wildcats took first place in their division Saturday at the State Marching Band Championships held at UW-Whitewater.
After about 30 years of teaching kids about fire safety, and making appearances in parades, “Pluggie” the robotic fire hydrant is retiring. Fire Safety Education officer Pauline Williams said Pluggie is starting to show his age. His cassette player and speakers don’t always work right. Williams said it would cost abut as much to repair Pluggie as it would to buy a new robotic teacing tool. So Pluggie will be retired after this year. "He's been a great asset for the fire safety program," Williams said.
Most Americans have heard of the Affordable Care Act — also known as ObamaCare — and the controversy surrounding the law. But many people aren’t sure what the law means for them. “The intention here is to get more people insured,” said Heather Logelin, River Falls Area Hospital Foundation and community engagement director. To encourage people to get healthcare, the ACA requires every U.S. citizen to have health coverage or pay a fine of 95$ per adult or 1% of a person’s total annual income, whichever is higher.
Students, Alumni and River Falls area residents gathered around Main Street Saturday, Oct. 12, to watch the UW-River Falls homecoming parade. UWRF and area Shriners work together to put on the parade, which preceeded the Falcons' homecoming football game. For more photos, please see the Oct. 17 print edition of the River Falls Journal.