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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"Pippi Longstocking," "Little House on the Prairie," and "Because of Winn Dixie" are the latest reads for a local book club started by a group of Greenwood Elementary School third graders -- Emily Odegard, Lily Mason, Emma Creen, Chloe Grenzow, Lily Schartau, and Olivia Usgaard. Started by Emily, the book club held its first meeting in January.
While most people at his age are enjoying the retired life, 80-year old Dale Viney is busy opening a home-based business, Viney Realty. After retiring from Security Financial Bank on his 80th birthday, Oct. 4, 2012, Viney opened his new business the following day.
Splash Zone Pool and Spas, N8170 State Road 65, Unit 2, has doubled its showroom and remodeled the storefront. Owners Bart and Sarah Heebink said the new showroom features a wide variety of spas, and the added space allows supplies to be stored in a separate area. Splash Zone's summer hours are: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, closed. For more information about Splash Zone call 715-426-0559 or visit www.splashzonepoolandspa.com .
Starting out with a piece of cardboard, River Falls resident Jerry Van Heukelom draws out a pattern for one of his unique handsaw handle canes. He then takes his cardboard pattern and traces it on to a wood board -- walnut, cherry, oak, maple -- and cuts it out.
With the calendar telling us that spring has arrived and with families doing spring cleaning, staff at Greenwood Elementary School thought it would be ideal to hold the 3rd annual Great Greenwood Giveaway. According to Principal Nate Schurman, the GGG is "a free garage sale that comes from donated items from Greenwood families." Schurman emphasized that the event, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Greenwood gym, 418 N. 8th St., is not a fundraiser.
With the popularity of such shows as "Antique Roadshow," "American Pickers" and the like, the River Falls Public Library is hosting an event for citizens to get their items appraised. Mark Moran of Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art will be at the library starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 9.
Anyone knows that running a marathon is grueling, but imagine going up a mountain, through a sand pit in full Army combat gear, all while hauling a 35-pound "ruck" sack on your back. That's exactly what two 2011 River Falls High School graduates did on March 17 in the White Sands Missile Range located in New Mexico during the Bataan Memorial Death March. Isaac Witt, sophomore at St.
Seeing a niche that needed filling, UW-River Falls graduate Liz Bernitt took the horse by the reins and opened Boots N Spurs, 1025 S. Main Street, Suite 450, on March 23. The store, located in the Southside Plaza by Dick's Fresh Market, sells new and used horse tack and saddles, halters, grooming supplies and more western riding items. The Owen native said that Boots N Spurs also buys gently used tack and saddles. The store carries clothing such as jeans and t-shirts, as well as boots. Brands include: Corral, Double H and Ariat. There is also a selection of horse and dog gifts.
WCCO-Channel 4 meteorologist Chris Shaffer visited Rocky Branch Elementary Thursday, March 21. Shaffer, who grew up in Stillwater, Minn., asked an assembly of students to guess what the deadliest weather is. Most guessed tornadoes and hurricanes. The answer is heat waves, followed by rain (flooding) and lightning (thunderstorms). Shaffer gave the Rocky Branch assembly summer tips, like staying hydrated and wearing light-colored clothes to avoid heat-related illness. During the presentation, Shaffer had the kids repeat, "Turn around, don't drown" when talking about flooding.
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.