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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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.
Inspiring, determined, hard working -- all adjectives that can describe River Falls School District Physical Education teacher Dana Zimmerman. He teaches both P.E. and adaptive P.E.
The River Falls Public Library, 140 Union Street, will welcome back Jim Ryder for another presentation about his solo dog sled adventuring at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 in the lower level community room. Last January, Ryder spoke about his journey on the Iditarod Trail in Alaska. The upcoming event, called Hudson Bay Dog Sled Adventure, will recap his trip across Ontario, Canada, using a freight sled that weighed over 1,500 pounds at the outset. Ryder will display images and gear, and discuss how he stayed warm and well-fed as he traveled. This event is free and open to all ages.
After 8 ½ years as the head of River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, Rosanne Bump is ready to say goodbye. When asked why she is leaving, Bump said that she views her career as a place to grow and learn and she was ready for a change. "Change is good," Bump added. "I was ready for something new." Starting Jan. 16, Bump will find that change on the other side of the river, when she takes over as CEO of the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation which coordinates both the St.
River Falls Area Hospital welcomed the first baby of 2013 at 3:18 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan, 1. Makenzie Fairchild weighed eight pounds, 15 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She is the first child for Branda Kolve and Adam Fairchild of River Falls. Little Makenzie was delivered by Dr. Greg Goblirsch and RN, Ellen Johnson. The family received a goody bag full of items such as a baby blanket, $50 chamber checks, layette items and more.
We are asking readers to submit their hopes, dreams, and resolutions for 2013. They can be funny, poignant, inspiring, anything you want. We will be printing them in the paper between Christmas and New Year's. This is your chance to have your voice heard.
To celebrate raising $3,142.05 during the 'Penny War' competition, where students brought in pennies to give to the River Falls Community Food Pantry and the donation of 1,575 pounds of food and household items, Meyer Middle School students played a tough game of Battle Ball against the teachers. Pictured on the teachers' teams is, from left: Paul Meyer, Bernie Zuber, John Witt, Kevin Dorn, Rick Cleary, Jenny Luedtke, Rich Hudacek, Melissa Moser, Rita Thorson, and Willow Anderson. Student TA groups competed against one another for a shot to play Battle Ball against the teachers and staff.
Turnout for the first meeting of the Meyer Middle School art club was surprised art teacher Kelyn King -- 45 students and one teacher showed up to participate! King, who grew up in Hudson and taught at Hudson Prairie before starting at MMS this year, started the club for several reasons. First, she wanted to prove to students that art is not just for 'cool, hipsters' but for everyone. She was also hoping to give students a chance to focus less on the end product and more on the process they took to get the product.
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.