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River Falls has been nationally recognized as “bike friendly community” by the League of American Bicyclists. The declaration reflects on how the city and biking groups encourage citizens to bike through support from law enforcement to make the streets safe for bicyclists and careful planning to provide trails and opportunities to bike. “For being such a small town, I don’t know any other town that has the quite the biking experience we have or the options,” said Isaac Curtis, owner of Crank Worx Bike Shop in River Falls.
While there are gay couples in Wisconsin, state law does not legally recognize them beyond a domestic partnership. The line between Republican and Democratic positions is deeply dug.
For most people, weddings can be delayed by family trifles, venue hunting or finding the perfect dress. For the minority population, what bars them from saying “I do” is the state of Wisconsin.
Year round, in sun, storm or rain, campers can be found huddled around campfires or sprawled out in the sun. When it comes to spending time with Mother Nature, there are some definite do's and don'ts. For two groups of campers at Hoffman Park who meet on a yearly basis to share campfire marshmallows and company, Gary and Debbie Cottrell, and Jim and Diana Border, camping has turned into a lifestyle. The Borders camp during the week to avoid crowds. They have traveled across the country in their small camper, which Diana called a "step above a tent."
As flowers bloom, so does wedding season. Guests at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course will be able to enjoy the summer blossoms, because they have opened a larger outdoor wedding venue. The 24,000 square foot venue can hold just more than 400 people. It's complete with a gazebo, fairy gardens, a fountain and a bridal shelter.
Marian and Elwood Elliott of River Falls celebrated their 60th anniversary. They were married at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church June 27, 1953.
For some, summer school rings bells for long days of punishment masked as education. But that stereotype is old. In the River Falls school district, an array of fun, stimulating classes to build on a student’s education are now underway. “It’s a variety of opportunity for kids,” said Mike Johnson, school district director of academic services. “It’s not the typical summer school where you fail a class and boom you’re in.”
After 20 years of operation, the River Falls Community Food Pantry hired its first paid employee. “I’m honored they picked me out of everybody that applied,” said Candice Rapley, operations manager as of the end of May. “I’m going to have a lot on my plate as far as I can tell.” Ironically, her position helps those with little on their dinner plate. “Everybody realizes that this is a really worthy cause, and the need has not gone down,” she said. “It goes up every year from the statistics I’ve seen -- every year since 2006.
Witnesses say a 42-year-old local man was running for his life while a female in a burgundy van pursued him onto the sidewalk and through yards, screaming at him to get back inside. This neighborhood disturbance occurred during the middle of the afternoon Saturday, June 29, at North Fourth and East Cedar streets. One lady was reading a book in her yard when the van, tires screeching, allegedly shot by on her sidewalk. The lady soon called 911. Another witness saw a fleeing middle-aged man jump behind a tree to avoid being hit by the van.