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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After 40 years of dairy farming south of Hammond, Greg and Irma Zwald, were looking for something different. That change came in the form of a berry, pumpkin and corn maze farm called White Pine Berry Farm located at 1482 Oak Drive in the town of Kinnickinnic. The parents of three grown children will be opening the farm to the public starting Saturday. A 10-acre, Hawaiian-themed corn maze will be ready for guests to explore. The corn maze will consist of two parts -- easy and hard.
About 4,500 people walked the White Pathway, while taking in numerous artists' work at Art on the Kinni, Saturday, Sept. 8. Art, food, live music, demonstrations and hands-on activities delighted all who attended the annual downtown event. Look for more photos in the Sept. 13 edition of the Journal.
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.
As students around the district enjoy the last few days of summer vacation, teachers and staff are busy making preparations for the 2012-13 school year. District wide School start times have been moved 15 minutes later. After a comprehensive study and survey given to parents, teachers and staff, the school board made the decision to move start times back 15 minutes. See individual schools for start and end times. This year will also mark the first year of RF4C, or 4K preschool.
Last Thursday and Friday, Aug. 16 and 17, the River Falls School District sponsored a Character Education Conference to share the character education program that it introduced during the 2011-12 school year.
He couldn't believe his eyes, so Town of Troy resident Gene Kolasinski yelled for his wife of 24 years, Julie. "I thought he was having a heart attack," she admitted. As Julie entered the room, Gene, a River Falls Utilities retiree, thrust something into her hand. He asked her to look at the computer screen. When she realized what she was looking at, she looked at Gene, who was at this point shaking. The couple had won the Badger 5 lottery.
Last Saturday, local band, Wolf River, brought their classic country sound to the Music in the Park stage. Formed in 1965, Wolf River reunited in 2007 and added a new member. Look for more about Wolf River in the Aug. 2 edition of the Journal. If you have not been down to the free event, held at Veteran's Park, there is still time. Music in the Park continues with performances from 7-9 p.m.
At 9:16 a.m. on Friday, July 13, the River Falls Days Medallion was found by Miranda McAleavey and Maddie Wagner, both 16. After seeing the clue at 9 a.m.
Yo-Joe's Frozen Yogurt & Coffee Shoppe, a self-serve sold-by-the-ounce frozen yogurt shop, is set to open Aug.
New River Falls Journal summer intern Ashley Hall went through seven majors before she found the right fit. "I started in graphic design, went to marketing and then finance and accounting, then secondary education and social studies, then a double major in history and poli sci., then just poli sci., then finally journalism," said Hall about her many college majors. As a sophomore at Bethel University in St. Paul, Hall was at a crossroads. It was at that time she decided to join her brother Matthew at UWRF. Coming to UWRF as a political science major in fall 2010, Hall had an awakening.