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At age 50 Greenwood Elementary has reached a crossroads. The building is said to be well maintained for its age yet many of its mechanical, heating and electrical systems are nearing the end of their predicted life span. So what to do? District officials, school board members and architectural firms have studied the matter for more than a year.
A group of four local men hope to put up as many as three buildings just north of ShopKo that would house stores, eateries and possibly professional offices. Chad Halvorson is spokesman for the newly formed Marsh Creek Development Group.
An hour-long car ride meant a great deal to 19-year-old Matt Hopkins. The young man had good reason to be pleased. For one, he was in a River Falls police car and the patrol officer even made an actual traffic stop during Matt's "ride-along." For another, Matt's everyday life is restrictive. Born with infantile muscular dystrophy, he can't go anywhere without round-the-clock expert care. Since infancy his every breath has been automatically pumped from a respirator. Because of muscle wasting Matt can't move, except for his tongue.
City residents will vote at one of four polling sites in River Falls for the 2004 presidential election: 1) National Guard Armory, 815 W. Division St. 2) Chippewa Valley Technical College, 500 S. Wasson Lane. 3) UW-River Falls at Rodli Commons, 620 E. Cascade Ave. 4) High school, 818 Cemetery Road. For questions on where to vote in the city, call 425-0900 and ask for a deputy city clerk, either Lu Ann Hecht or Jan Linehan. Polls are open in the city from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A UW-River Falls building that for many years served future teachers and their students is slowly being taken apart. The deconstruction of the Ames Teacher Education Building started last August. UW-RF Facilities Engineer Jim Murphy said the process will go on through early December. "It's being done in three phases," Murphy said.
One fine Saturday evening last summer my wife and I attended a free outdoor concert at Hudson's Lakefront Park featuring Minnesota singer/songwriter Michael Monroe. Monroe is a solo performer who blends acoustic folk, reggae and jazz. He's been dubbed the "Techno-Troubadour" for his use of an electronic looping system that records as he sings and plays various instruments, creating what sounds like an entire band.
A downtown building with a 90-year tradition in the furniture trade will soon end. Bill Peterson, owner of River Falls Home Furnishings, 117 N. Main St., said he made his decision to close-and-sell on impulse. "I really hadn't planned for this. I've worked since I was in 5th grade and I had planned to keep working until I was 80," said the 62-year-old Peterson who lives in Maple Grove, Minn. "In August I just decided it was time for something else, time for a change. "We've had a great run here for 13 years, a lot of fun.
Recent editions of the Journal seem to reflect the mood of our country today and in the past. This week we spotlight the fortunes of a local young man, Greg Anderson, who is off to train for war. Also this week well-known local poet Thomas Smith expresses his antiwar sentiments in a booklet of poetry. Two weeks ago local postman and Vietnam veteran Rich Timmerman wrote in a guest column about the complexities and ambiguities of the that not-so long-ago war. Regarding presidential candidates John Kerry and George W.
It was steady work. The pay was decent, enough to pay bills, help with mortgage payments. Day-shift workers had time at home to run their households and look after children. Mostly women, many employed for 20 or more years, they bonded like an extended family. That routine will expire as Smead Manufacturing in the city's industrial park closes Friday after nearly 60 years.
Maybe we're getting used to the snub, but it's been worse.