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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Like many of you, our family starts each year with the hope that the next year will be filled with prosperity and happiness. Each New Year's Eve we figure out what we want to do, change or have happen for the upcoming year. It's a time for transformation as well as a time for reflection.
Pet owners rejoice, the new 2013 calendars for dog and puppy lovers -- as well as cat lovers -- have hit the shelves. Featured in the new calendars by Workman Publishing are two local dogs -- Buddy and Sammie. According to Susan Bolotin, editor in chief at Workman Publishing, "We get thousands of submissions for our cat and dog contest calendars each year...
Kirk Chaffee never thought he would see his yellow velomobile - a tiny electric vehicle with a removable fiberglass shell top and a pedaling component -- again after it was stolen Sunday, Oct. 14.
With temperatures in the mid-twenties and gusty winds the annual River Dazzle celebration on Friday, Nov. 23 in downtown River Falls was a chilly one, but that did not keep people from welcoming in the holiday season. A visit with Santa and his reindeer was a huge hit with the little ones, while the older folks enjoyed 26 different chilies, during the Chili Crawl. The event was topped day off with a lighted parade down Main Street in the evening. See more in the Nov. 29 edition of the Journal.
Early the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 10, a mob of about 45 people formed a mob and walked down Main Street with one objective -- to shop.
In late October, Wendy's announced the 2012 state semi-finalists for the High School Heisman award. This year River Falls High School senior, Paige Skorseth, was one of the twenty state semi-finalists selected. According to the Wendy's High School Heisman website, "The Wendy's High School Heisman award celebrates high school seniors across the country that excel in academics, athletics and community leadership." Skorseth, a three-sport athlete in cross country, gymnastics and track, maintains a 4.0 GPA.
Students and teachers around the country are asking, "Where's my cookie?" and complaining via YouTube about being hungry - click below to watch it.
On Monday, Nov. 12, Meyer Middle School will host its fourth annual Veteran's Day program. Last year Principal Mark Chapin estimated that over 500 citiznes and 600 middle school students came to the event. He's hoping that even more attend this year. With doors opening at 1 p.m., the program will start at 1:30 p.m. with keynote speaker, Master Chief Petty Officer Mark P.
Walking up to his apartment building at 218 West Charlotte Street on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 14, Kirk Chaffee glanced at his bright yellow "velomobile" outside and figured it was safe. So this time he skipped his usual routine of locking it up and removing the pedals. The next morning Chaffee saw the mistake he made -- his enclosed, motorized, recumbent bike was gone, stolen. As he recounts the tale, Chaffee chuckles because he figures the thieves got a little more than they bargained for when they took the velomobile.
In 1972, bell bottoms were all the rage, Mark Spitz won seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics, Nixon was president and a group of 40 people got together, bought $800 worth of inventory and opened Whole Earth Grocery in downtown River Falls. According to the Whole Earth Grocery website, www.wholeearthgrocery.coop , the first meeting for the co-op was a potluck supper on a back porch. A quote on the website by early Whole Earth member and coordinator Keith Kozub summed up the start of the co-op: "Although there had been a buying club and a privately owned natural food store in River Falls,