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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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.
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.