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 lack of snow did not deter those at Saturday's Snowshoe Challenge, held at the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park. According to Shelly Wilson, race volunteer, "The trails were slippery and many people used spikes on their shoes." The first male in the 5K was Scott Sekelsky of River Falls (24:04) and the first female was Taylor Heisleman of River Falls (26:48). In the 10K the first male was Kyle Donovan of Burnsville, Minn. (36:11) and the first female was Megan Westhoff of Hudson (46:35). See more in the print edition of the Jan. 5, River Falls Journal.
An organization calling itself U.S. Patriot Services may be unfairly targeting local elderly veterans and their families. Sales representatives allegedly go door-to-door, claiming to be selling caskets and funeral urns at a lower cost than local funeral homes. According to Scott Hill, owner of Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., "The price is exorbitantly higher than ours." Hill also had an issue with U.S. Patriot Services claim that they buy the caskets and store them for you.
River Falls District 4 City Councilman, Bob Hughes is officially defending his seat. With two opponents in his way, Christopher Gagne and Ed Valle, a primary will be held on Feb. 21. Look in the Jan.5 edition of the River Falls Journal for more information on the upcoming elections.
As of Jan. 3, 10:45 a.m., River Falls City Councilman, Bob Hughes has declared his candidacy, but not filed his papers (he has until 5 p.m. to do so). He will be running against two other opponents, Christopher Gagne and Ed Valle. With 3 candidates running, a primary will be needed. Look in the Jan.5 edition of the River Falls Journal for more information on the upcoming elections.
Parks Committee Chairman Dennis Zielski again presented his proposal for Anderson Park, W9978 792 St., to the Town of River Falls board Dec. 19. Zielski asked the board to allow $1,800 for the planting of native grasses and wildflowers at the park. During the Dec. 5 regular board meeting, Zielski was asked to present again with a clearer vision for the future. He returned to the Dec. 19 Town Board meeting with a more concise proposal, including a maintenance plan, a planting plan and a plat of the park.
We are right in the middle of the holidays. All presents have been unwrapped and the new year's on the horizon. Change is in the air. People are thinking of the ways 2012 is going to be better. 2011 was a tough year for many. The economy has yet to improve. Many are out of work. Our politicians seem bent on further dividing our nation. A new year always comes with a promise of change and prosperity. This year I started my new-year change early. I've just finished my first week at a new job here at the Journal.
Local home schooled students recently showed off their speaking skills at an open house and mock meeting held at Faith Lutheran Church, 545 Apollo Rd. The nine students, grades 7-9, trained with mentors Lori Meyer and Diane Bennett from the Hudson Rise 'n Shine Toastmasters for nine weeks before presenting to family and friends. Pictured are left to right; front row: Elizabeth Wagner, Susanna Metcalf, Carleigh Roettger, and Ally Thomas. Back row: Collin Roettger, Isabel Schmenk, Reneah Arndt, Lori Meyer, Abigail Inlow, and Ben Gabriel.
There is still no word if District 4 City Council member Bob Hughes will seek re-election. While two other citizens have already filed to run for his council seat, Hughes' decision remains a mystery. Hughes is still embroiled in a Pierce County Circuit Court case involving charges for marijuana possession at his residence in September. Repeated attempts by the Journal to contact Hughes have gone unanswered. Look for more on this story plus an update on City Council candidate filings in the Dec. 28 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
At the Dec. 19 Town of River Falls board meeting the parks committee asked for reconsideration on the Anderson Park, W9978 792 St., budget. Dennis Zielski, parks committee chairman, asked the board to allow $1,800 for the planting of native grasses and wildflowers at the park. During the Dec. 5 regular board meeting, Zielski was asked to re-present at a later date, with a clearer vision for the future. He came to this meeting with a more concise vision for the future but was still denied his request.