Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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Twenty-six people spend mornings, evenings and weekends making sure the gardens that line Second Street corners are a sight to behold. Started by Sandy Bowen in 2004, Second Street Gardeners is a volunteer effort to tend to gardens that might otherwise be neglected. According to Bowen, a retired River Falls High School teacher, she often took walks down Second Street. Many times she noticed that the gardens that had been put in at a previous time were neglected.
With summer ending, River Falls School District teachers and staff are gearing up for the start of a new school year. Taking the helm at the Renaissance Academy Charter School will be new coordinator Jim Eberhardt. The previous coordinator, Linda Berg, left after six years due to the long commute from Eau Claire. Eberhardt will take over the Renaissance Academy Charter School with the future a little murky. The River Falls School District is in the process of “divesting itself of the River Falls Academy building which currently houses (the) Montessori school and the Renaissance pro
Rain didn’t dampen the spirt of many who went in search of the River Falls Days medallion. By 3 p.m. Friday, July 11, a group of seven River Falls High School sophomores claimed the prize. Fifteen-year-olds Miranda Moe, Kinsey Ruemmele, Anna Luebke, Elizabeth Gunderson, Riley Williams, and Rachel Kelm; and 14-year old Bailey Kusilek said they started hunting for the medallion at 10:30 a.m. after one of the girl’s orthodontist appointments. The group said they found the hidden medallion in Glen Park around 2 p.m.
A new champion was named in the second annual Burger Battle that benefits the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Pierce County/River Falls. This year’s winner, Mainstreeters Bar and Grill, 212 S. Main St., was announced in late June.
On Thursday, July 10, the 2014-15 River Falls Ambassadors were crowned at the River Falls High School.
River Falls Days “unofficially” began Sunday just after noon, when the first blankets appeared on Second Street. Blankets and chairs were laid out close to the United Methodist Church to “reserve” a spot for the River Falls Days parade to be held on Friday, July 11. The community event will include a carnival, music, food, family activities, fireworks and more. For a complete listing of River Falls Days events visit the River Falls Chamber of Commerce website at www.rfchamber.com .
After starting in Hawaii as an easy way for surf instructors to maneuver to tourists receiving lessons, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has become one of the fastest growing water sports worldwide. SUP has seen a sharp rise in popularity on the coasts. Now Hawaiian native and town of Troy resident Gloria Sloan has brought SUP to this area. Sloan said that SUP involves using a big, long surf board and a paddle.
A growing movement in the horse training industry is going back to the traditional methods of unifying horse and rider. Natural horsemanship “uses a horse’s natural way of moving, thinking, decision making to teach them to do any maneuver we want,” said Stephanie Wood, owner of Right Touch Horse Training. Wood said natural horsemanship is very common out West, but not so common here. She said after attending school in Montana, she wanted to bring the training style back to the Minnesota/Wisconsin area -- which she calls a “horse hub.” Right Touch Horse Training, based out of Kinni
Maybe it’s the roar of the engine or, possibly, the huge tires. Either way, big vehicles bring smiles to many people’s faces. On Saturday, June 14, fans of giant trucks can get an up-close view of their favorite. Touch-A-Truck for Kids goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Seventh graders from Blue House at Meyer Middle School held a Festival of Nations on the morning of Thursday, May 29. Students spent months researching different countries. Gold House students held its own festival Thursday afternoon. During the Thursday morning festival students displayed information about the country, as well as dressed in ethnic costumes and served food. Parents, grandparents and guests traveled throughout the gym, which was sectioned off into continents, learning about the different countries and sampling food.