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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Sunshine streamed down, as a nice wind kept kites aloft during the Kids 'n Kite Music & Word event held on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Highview Meadows Community Park. Kids and adults were treated to kite flying, with special kites by local kite expert, Anthony Markunas, music by Reed Grimm of American Idol fame, poetry by Thomas R. Smith, speakers including event coordinator Catherine C. Olson and Wisconsin State Senator, Sheila Harsdorf, and more. Look for more photos in the Oct. 11 edition of the Journal.
With their yellow vests and numerous tradable pins, the River Falls Lions Club will mark 2012 with a 75th anniversary celebration to acknowledge the club's beginning. On November 22, 1937, Lions Club International was started in River Falls with 27 founding members. The club's original charter stated that C. Behlmer Carisch was the president at the time. Since that time the club has grown to about 64 members, which includes men and women of all ages, over the age of 18. To celebrate the occasion the club will host a banquet on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club.
Ask anyone who has read the Bible and they will tell you, it's difficult to understand. Luther Memorial Church, 420 South 4th Street, hopes to change that by offering a tool to help decipher God's words. The church is undertaking a 31-week study of the book, "The Story," which according to Luther Memorial's Director of Christian Education, Chad Schuermann, "...is an abridged chronological book of scripture." He cautions that this is not the Bible, but merely an instrument to understand the Bible. "We are not trying to replace the Bible," he furthered.
Mike McCabe, executive director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign will be speaking about campaign finance reform from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept.
Having an 11-year-old and a seven-year-old who participate in competitive cross country and track (and I can't forget the three-year-old who puts her heart and soul into kids' fun runs), I'm often asked if I'm a runner. My usual reply had always been, "Not unless someone is chasing me." Never did I think the answer to that question would be any different. My journey to becoming a runner started with my job here at the Journal.
After 40 years of dairy farming south of Hammond, Greg and Irma Zwald, were looking for something different. That change came in the form of a berry, pumpkin and corn maze farm called White Pine Berry Farm located at 1482 Oak Drive in the town of Kinnickinnic. The parents of three grown children will be opening the farm to the public starting Saturday. A 10-acre, Hawaiian-themed corn maze will be ready for guests to explore. The corn maze will consist of two parts -- easy and hard.
About 4,500 people walked the White Pathway, while taking in numerous artists' work at Art on the Kinni, Saturday, Sept. 8. Art, food, live music, demonstrations and hands-on activities delighted all who attended the annual downtown event. Look for more photos in the Sept. 13 edition of the Journal.
Twenty-six people spend mornings, evenings and weekends making sure the gardens that line Second Street corners are a sight to behold. Started by Sandy Bowen in 2004, Second Street Gardeners is a volunteer effort to tend to gardens that might otherwise be neglected. According to Bowen, a retired River Falls High School teacher, she often took walks down Second Street. Many times she noticed that the gardens that had been put in at a previous time were neglected.
As students around the district enjoy the last few days of summer vacation, teachers and staff are busy making preparations for the 2012-13 school year. District wide School start times have been moved 15 minutes later. After a comprehensive study and survey given to parents, teachers and staff, the school board made the decision to move start times back 15 minutes. See individual schools for start and end times. This year will also mark the first year of RF4C, or 4K preschool.
Last Thursday and Friday, Aug. 16 and 17, the River Falls School District sponsored a Character Education Conference to share the character education program that it introduced during the 2011-12 school year.