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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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.
He couldn't believe his eyes, so Town of Troy resident Gene Kolasinski yelled for his wife of 24 years, Julie. "I thought he was having a heart attack," she admitted. As Julie entered the room, Gene, a River Falls Utilities retiree, thrust something into her hand. He asked her to look at the computer screen. When she realized what she was looking at, she looked at Gene, who was at this point shaking. The couple had won the Badger 5 lottery.
Last Saturday, local band, Wolf River, brought their classic country sound to the Music in the Park stage. Formed in 1965, Wolf River reunited in 2007 and added a new member. Look for more about Wolf River in the Aug. 2 edition of the Journal. If you have not been down to the free event, held at Veteran's Park, there is still time. Music in the Park continues with performances from 7-9 p.m.
At 9:16 a.m. on Friday, July 13, the River Falls Days Medallion was found by Miranda McAleavey and Maddie Wagner, both 16. After seeing the clue at 9 a.m.
Yo-Joe's Frozen Yogurt & Coffee Shoppe, a self-serve sold-by-the-ounce frozen yogurt shop, is set to open Aug.
New River Falls Journal summer intern Ashley Hall went through seven majors before she found the right fit. "I started in graphic design, went to marketing and then finance and accounting, then secondary education and social studies, then a double major in history and poli sci., then just poli sci., then finally journalism," said Hall about her many college majors. As a sophomore at Bethel University in St. Paul, Hall was at a crossroads. It was at that time she decided to join her brother Matthew at UWRF. Coming to UWRF as a political science major in fall 2010, Hall had an awakening.
Last week the River Falls Journal featured a story about two gentlemen (though I apply that word loosely) using a neighborhood as their own personal demolition derby arena. While this incident may have been an extreme, they are not the only ones who think they are part of a NASCAR driving team -- channeling Jeff Gordon or Dale Earnhardt Jr. and driving like they are on a racetrack. With summer upon us, school children out and foot traffic around town picking up, bicyclists, walkers and runners will be sharing roads with motor vehicles.
Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, is currently widespread, with 1,514 cases in Wisconsin and as of June 14, 35 cases in Pierce County and 29 cases in St. Croix County. Cases with Pierce and St. Croix counties have been widespread and involving individuals from age 6 months to 55 years. Schools within the River Falls School District have multiple confirmed cases. Parents and individuals are encouraged to be on the lookout for symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic "once you become infected with whooping cough, it can take one to three weeks for signs and symptoms to appear.
Many people within the River Falls community are unaware that the school district owns cropland, says local farmer and Future Farmers of America (FFA) alum Tim Jennings. Before last year the school district would rent the land, located on Dry Run Road by DeSanctis Park on the west side of River Falls, to farmers to cultivate.
With the closing of the YMCA, people have been scrambling to find a place to work out. River Falls has numerous options, but many lack childcare. Fitness Influence, owned by Heather Flock of Beldenville, hopes her program can fill the gap. Operating in Ellsworth at 2703 Morse St. since 2010, Fitness Influence has just recently made the move to River Falls. Three weeks ago Flock started offering multiple fitness classes at Victory Wrestling School, 125 ½ N Main St., owned by Kevin Black. Flock, a mother of two, started Fitness Influence out of her home in 2004.