River Falls Journal Newsroom
Grant Kohl was chosen to be the River Falls Rotary Reader Student of the Month for February. Pictured with Kohl is Rotary Reader John Kremer. Kohl is in Stacia Johnson's fourth grade class at Westside Elementary School. He loves to read books about sharks and dinosaurs with his reading buddy, Kremer. In his free time, Kohl loves spending time with his family. He also enjoys playing video games. Kremer has been a member of Rotary for 20 years, and a Rotary Reader for 15 years. He serves as the chairman of the River Falls Rotary Foundation Committee.
Once again I am so proud of our community! Today I toured the new St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center out at Sterling Ponds. What a gem. The building has a variety of spaces for rent on a monthly (not annual) basis for new businesses and lovely training and meeting rooms for rent by the hour. Plus free mentoring and support services. Costs don't get any lower than this for those who want to see their dream become a reality. And they provide free coffee.
In the coming weeks there will be a wealth of information available to the public related to two School District of River Falls facility referendum questions on the April 3 ballot. Next week an informational brochure will be mailed to all residents which outlines the details of the two referendum questions. In brief, referendum question No. 1: $45.86 million to include improvements to all district facilities. Due to the retirement of some district debt payments, the tax impact will be minimized at $41 per every $100,000 home value.
The Senior Center will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, to recognize Presidents Day. There will be no home-delivered meals on this date. Just a reminder for our inclement weather policy for the home-delivered meals — If the River Falls School District is closed because of bad weather — the senior center is also closed. No meals will be delivered. The Senior Center $5 yearly dues are now being accepted. Please stop by the office for payment. Activities
What would you do if you could get $10,000 to make the community of River Falls better? That's a question the River Falls Community Foundation is hoping local people will answer. The Community Foundation now accepting applications for its first ever Big Idea competition. The Foundation wants to hear from individuals, groups, businesses, troops, and organizations from the River Falls area who have a big idea and the determination to make it happen. Up to $10,000 will be granted to the winning Big Idea.
Fathers are invited to escort their daughters to a special night of fun at the annual Community Education Daddy Daughter Dance. Girls ages K to grade 5, escorted by dads/grandfathers/brothers (age 18+) will dance the night away to a DJ playing hits from both generations as well as enjoying refreshments. A souvenir photo and carnation are included. The dance will be 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at River Falls High School. The fee is $28 per pair, $10 per additional daughter.
Positive flow: The University of Wisconsin-River Falls' service dog training project is the first of its kind in the University of Wisconsin System and could become a banner program. Housed within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the program is a nifty collaboration with the nonprofit Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs. Together, PawPADs and select students are training dogs for people with physical disabilities — from diabetes to autism — whose lives are about to improve in ways these young people likely will never see.
Republicans friends, remember when we talked about what was important regarding the American presidency? You said, "He has to be a family man—no divorce or scandal."
At 2 p.m. Jan. 21, police were sent to Family Fresh Market, 303 S. Main St., for a vehicle break-in. The front driver's side window had been damaged and the vehicle unlocked. The center console was left open and the turn signal device/plastic housing was broken off and missing. Wires were seen sticking out of the steering column where the turn signal device was located.
All are invited to join Pierce County-River Falls Relay For Life at the Relay Rally Meeting on Monday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the River Falls High School media room. There will be a question and answer session, idea sharing, and Relay updates. Those interested can sign their teams up online at www.relayforlife.org/riverfallswi; click the purple "Join this Relay" button in the upper right-hand corner.