Fake identification (IDs), most often driver's licenses, have been used in many establishments in River Falls, especially in the downtown area. Bailey Zastrow, a bartender at Broz Sports Bar, 127 S. Main St., a popular spot for college students, is no stranger to them. "We probably get at least 10 per week," he said. "Of kids trying to use fake IDs that we catch, a lot of them are pretty impossible to catch because they'll have their real name on their fake ID."
"Healthy Soils Are Full of Life" was the theme St. Croix County Conservation Poster Contest held Jan. 25. Meyer Middle School students from Toni Velure's sixth-grade science class participated, competing in the fourth- through sixth-grade division. MMS prevailed with the top three posters: Kadence Zielski took first; Ellie Mikla took second; and Keana Hall took third. Zielski's poster advanced to the West Central Area Conservation Poster competition Feb. 13 and again took first.
Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola Company have awarded 70 recycling bins to UW-River Falls. The two are working together to address a key barrier to recycling in public spaces by making access to recycling bins more available and convenient through the 2016 Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant Program. The bins awarded will be used in public campus areas of academic buildings.
Students, faculty and staff at UW-River Falls are increasingly being exposed to online “social engineering” scams, according to campus technology officials. A recent edition of the online campus newsletter, Falcon Daily, warned faculty and staff of an uptick in scams coming by telephone or email. Social engineering scams, such as phishing, aim to gain the trust of the victim.
This week U.S. congressmen and women are supposed to be back home for what is called a district work period. Traditionally they've met with constituents in person at public Town Hall meetings, listening to comments and answering questions on upcoming issues of national importance. Although U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has not scheduled a public, in-person meeting, a group of his constituents have gone ahead and planned one for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the River Falls Public Library.
University of Wisconsin-River Falls seniors Marissa Amidon, Adry Cota, Devon Gelhar, Emily Pelton, Grace Sacher, Blake Stolpestad, Rachel Urban and Lisa Vang will present their Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree exhibitions in Gallery 101 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building, Feb. 22 to March 3 . On view at the River Falls campus will be printmaking, ceramics, painting, photography, mixed media installation, and drawing.
Meyer Middle School teachers have recognized the follow students of the month for January. 6 Gold: Ella Peters is the daughter of Greg and Jenna Peters. Ella is a very kind-hearted student who puts forth her best effort in everything she does. She is very respectful to her teachers. Ella is described as being an absolute pleasure to have in class. 6 Gold: Maxwell Pnewski is the son of Cindy Maxwell and David Pnewski. Max has a great attitude and absolutely loves learning new things. He is always prepared for class.
On the evening of Feb. 16, the St. Croix Econonic Development Corporation honored its 2016 business of the year winners at R&D Banquet Hall in rural New Richmond. The 2016 honorees are Oliphant Brewing (Somerset) as Emerging Business of the Year; Wisconsin Lighting (New Richmond) as Small Business of the Year; and Croix Gear & Machining (Hudson) as Business of the Year. Trudy Popenhagen, a retired community service manager with Xcel Energy, received the 2016 EDC Director Award. About the 2016 Winners
The River Falls Town Board spent over an hour and a quarter at its Feb. 6 meeting discussing Automotive Recyclers salvage yard, W9880 710th Ave. When discussion ended, the board deciding not to renew its business license. Automotive Recyclers is owned by Somerset Auto Salvage, LLC. John Nordahl is listed as president.
After several older residents previously expressed how they've experienced difficulty in accessing Kinnickinnic's online newsletter, The Current, and preferred print copies, the Town Board discussed the matter at the Feb. 7 meeting. "They've lost touch with what's going on with the township if they don't have The Current," Supervisor Dave Nelson said on behalf of Kinnickinnic's older residents. The board's main concern was with the cost of printing.