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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The River Falls High School was taken over on Saturday, March 23 by more than 450 kids looking for eggs during the Lions Club annual Easter egg hunt. Over 2,700 colorful eggs greeted the hunters with 88 volunteers running, games, painting faces, checking people in, selling concessions and more. Volunteers also collected over 60 eyeglasses and six cell phones during the event. The "Grumpy Old Men" setup outside and collected 285 pounds of food and $106 for the local food shelf.
Each month a group sponsored by the American Cancer Society called "Look Good -- Feel Better" meets. The group, which is for women dealing with cancer treatments, meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the River Falls Area Hospital and New Richmond Hospital -- next meeting is Monday, April 1, in River Falls. Each meeting includes classes to help women overcome the appearance andrelated side effects of cancer treatments, as well as skincare and makeup kits.
Since starting at Chippewa Valley Technical College in January, Campus Administrator/Dean Beth Hein has been busy mapping the future. According to Hein, CVTC is looking to add or tweak existing programs, but is just at the "initial blush of research." CVTC staff have looked at job prospect statistics as well as which colleges offer which degree programs.
Wearing a snorkel mask and jumping into a pond, local children's book writer Rick Chrustowski gets face-to-face with the animals that dot the pages of his children's books. The author and illustrator of five books, including: "Big Brown Bat," "Turtle Crossing," "Blue Sky Bluebird," "Hop Frog" and "Bright Beetle" visited Westside Elementary Feb. 27-28. During his visit, Chrustowski said his books start with one little idea. He then does research and writes a story. He showed students a picture of a turtle-crossing sign and said that it sparked an idea.
On the weekend of Feb. 16-17 two mother-daughter duos traveled to Washington, D.C. to have their voices heard.
After being piloted last year at Greenwood Elementary, the River Falls School District introduced the K-1 Spanish program this year. Travelling to all three elementary schools -- Greenwood, Rocky Branch and Westside -- is Spanish teacher Christine Engel. She also teaches part-time at the high school. When asked why foreign language should be introduced at such a young age, Engel said that after puberty, speaking like a native speaker is drastically reduced. She cited the dying of brain synapses as the reason.
After operating for 42 years, St. Croix Psychological Clinic, 1561 Commerce Court, will see its last patient Feb. 28. It is with a mix of excitement and sadness that the husband- and wife-run clinic says goodbye. John Hamann, who opened the clinic in 1971, said he will miss "...seeing things being solved and people feeling a sense of confidence to handle things." Wife, Stephanie, who joined the clinic in 1984, will miss helping families grow to their potential. According to Stephanie, when the clinic opened in 1971, it was the first psychological clinic in River Falls.
By mid-April most U.S. adults will have sloughed through and filed their taxes. Offering help for the often time consuming and confusing task is Connie Kelly of St. Croix Tax, 710 North Main Street, Suite 103. Having started her business in December, Kelly, who has been in the tax business for 17 years, will offer individuals and businesses complete tax preparation.
On Friday, Feb. 8, the 120 Gallery, 120 North Main St., will host an opening for "An Ammerman Retrospective: The Collected Works of William Ammerman," from 4-8 p.m. The show will feature a collection of work from William (Bill) Ammerman, 87, and runs through March 2. Ammerman said the show will include about 28 items -- final numbers will be determined after everything is hung.
On Monday, Jan. 21, members of the FORWARD Foundation presented nine grants that totaled $8,500 to teachers within the River Falls School District. The following grants were awarded: Becky McAleavey: $1,000 to create a globally and culturally diverse resource lending library for the RF4C (four-year-old kindergarten) program.