The River Falls Community Foundation board of directors has announced they are now accepting grant applications for arts, education, the environment, human services and wellness programs and projects. Grants are awarded to nonprofit programs, projects and organizations that improve the quality of life in River Falls and the surrounding area. Grant applications are due Feb. 1, with award decisions made in early March. Grant decisions are made on a semi-annual basis in March and September.
The St. Croix County Democratic Party meeting this month has the topic, "How Rural Issues Affect All of Us." The meeting, open to all, is 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Ready Randy's in New Richmond. Social and discussion hour starts at 6 p.m. January's general meeting looks at the possible arrival of the first super-sized livestock operations in St. Croix County and some possible effects on our lives here. One 7,000 cow dairy can produce the same amount of waste as all the residents in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
In 1870, a group of citizens from Pierce and St. Croix counties petitioned the Wisconsin Legislature to locate the next state normal school in River Falls. Voters from the towns of River Falls, Clifton, Troy and Kinnickinnic requested the authority to vote a tax of $20,000 to make this possible. Those citizens believed in the value of public education. They were undoubtedly convinced that such an investment would be important to the future of River Falls (population then was 741).
Each month Meyer Middle School teachers and staff pick students who excel in various ways. For December, the recognized MMS students are: 6 Gold: Kadence Zielski is the daughter of Mike and Kathryn Zielski. Kadence is a model student. She puts her best effort into everything she does and has a great attitude. She comes to class very prepared and is a great classroom leader. Kadence loves to dance at Helmer Studio. Her favorite subject is either language arts or social studies. Kadence would love to be a nurse who works with children. She would also like to be a dance coach.
Educators in public or private Montessori schools can gain professional knowledge and skills in a new workshop offered by UW-River Falls. The workshop, “Visual Literacy: Creating Context for Students to Express What They See,” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library. Cindy Goldade, a Montessori early childhood credentialed educator and licensed Brain Gym Instructor, will be the presenter.
The Moose Lodge, 620 N. Main St., will hold its monthly brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8. The Jan. 8 brunch is to benefit local Cub Scout Pack 54. The menu is: pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, potatoes, coffee, juice and milk. Everyone is welcome. Cost is $9 per person; kids 5 and under eat free. Next month's Moose brunch is Sunday, Feb. 12. It will benefit the River Falls Band Boosters. For more information, call Jim Vorwald at 715-248-7913 or the Moose Lodge at 715-425-9152.
Westside Elementary Ann Hensley's class
Greenwood Elementary Tonya Maier's class If Santa and Mrs. Claus got captured by aliens when they were coming to give toys, here’s what I would do…. I would go to the planet that they are on. I would try to talk to the aliens and I would say let them comer and give us toys. But the aliens said you have to give us one too. We will let them come and give you toys so I grabbed a random toy out of Santa’s bag and gave it to them. We had a happy Christmas. —Charlie Bauman
River Falls Public Montessori Elementary Maggie Watson’s class If I could have one wish I would give food to a food shelter. When people don’t get food they get sick. They get weak and could die.Their life would be bad and hard. If I could help them have food they would be healthier. They would get a home. I would feel awesome because I will have made people feel happy. —Sebastien Bowden