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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Former Miss River Falls Shalo Lee said she had her “public debut” as a singer at the 1997 Miss River Falls pageant. “That was the night that changed everything, really,” Lee said. “It wasn’t really the pageant, but being able to sing in front of people.” After graduating River Falls High School in 1998, Lee went on to join many bands, and in 2011 formed “The Shalo Lee Band,” with which she recently recorded her first CD “Hometown Girl.” The CD will be on sale starting Feb.
Anna Christensen was looking for “the modern American dream” when she came to River Falls from the small village of Vognsild, Denmark. “I just wanted to have the full experience of high school,” Christensen said. Christensen is getting that experience at River Falls High School, thanks to an exchange trip through Rotary International. “It’s an experience that I can't compare to anything else,” Christensen said.
Well-dressed people, several in sequined and feathered masks gathered together Thursday evening, Feb. 6, for the the River Falls Chamber of Commerce's annual "chOSCARS" banquet.
River Falls pen and ink artist Philip Colpitts is showing his artwork for the first time in 33 years in the public library gallery. Colpitts, a self-taught pen and ink artist who worked in commercial art for many years, was present for an opening recpetion Sunday afternoon. Colpitts sold some of his artwork at the showing, and said he would donate 50% of the profits to the library.
Anyone visiting the River Falls Public Library's lower level Sunday afternoon, Feb. 2, was greeted first by the sounds of music from the 1960s, then by displays of 1960s era memorabilia, from pink heels and pill box hats to brightly-colored dishes. And of course, a visitor would see more than 70 people singing along with local performers to well-known songs of the 1960s.
As Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park fills up, the city has moved forward with plans for the prospective Sterling Ponds corporate park on the other side of Hwy.
River Falls resident, writer and frequent public library visitor Eunice Beauchman loves to play with words. She did that when writing her recently-published book of poetry. The book’s title, “Tricky Pussy: Adventures with Words,” is full of meanings for Beauchman, both serious and more playful. “I like to play with words,” Beauchman said. “…using language not only as a tool for conveying information, but kind of playing with ideas and concepts at the same time.” Beauchman said the phrase “Tricky Pussy” also reflects the more serious themes found in her book.
A new location for River Falls Days has been approved. The City Council approved the new location during its Tuesday, Jan. 28 meeting, as a part of the Chamber of Commerce's annual request for city assistance. Chamber CEO Chris Blasius explained the change of location to the council. She said there has been a decreasing amount of space for River Falls Days activities in its prevous location at Second and Locust streets.
Mayor Dan Toland and City Administrator Scot Simpson presented The State of the City--a seven-minute video covering the city’s 2013 highlights--at the Thursday, Jan. 23 River Falls Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast. The video covered developments, changes in organization, and many other 2013 highlights. Following the video, Simpson shared some of what is ahead for River Falls in 2013.
UW-River Falls is getting ready to celebrate a big anniversary -- North Hall’s centennial.