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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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.
River Falls native Michele Klecker-Sailor enjoys reading books to the children she works with as an early childhood educator in River Falls.
After years of moving from temporary space to temporary space, the Hammond Arts Alliance has found its way back to its original home. This time it's for keeps. "It's something that...I guess it's been sort of a dream," said Heidi Frier, HAA president. "We now have the security that it (the building) is ours, we can plan our shows, we can plan for the future."
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is considering an expansion of Interstate 94 from U.S. Highway 12 to just past 130th Street in Roberts. The agency wants input from area residents. WisDOT held a public meeting Jan.
Dr. Delbert "Del" Permann is slowly packing up his office at Roberts Congregational United Church of Christ. This is far from the first time he's found himself packing up an office, preparing to leave his post as pastor of a church. "It's always very strange," Permann said. "I get close to people and I'm going to miss that." Permann said he doesn't like good-byes, but he did appreciate the celebration the Roberts UCC congregation had for him and his wife Judith after worship on Sunday, Jan. 13.
Editor's note: This story is from 2012.
The second annual "Petapalooza" is set for Sunday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Warren Township Park, near Roberts. The event is a joint effort on the part of several pet nonprofits in the St. Croix Valley: PAWS (Protective Animal Welfare Society) of Western Wisconsin, Gregory's Gift of Hope, Helping Hands for Pets, CatTown Rescue and St. Croix Animal Friends. "It's an event to get the public out to scope us out and see what we're doing in the St.