River Falls Journal Newsroom
The St. Croix County Historical Society will present the Willow River Cemetery Walk as part of the annual Yellowstone Trail Heritage Days. The walk is set for Saturday, June 6, from noon to 4 p.m. at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson, Wisconsin. The walking tour take about one hour and will start on the half hour with the last tour starting at 3 p.m.
River Falls fire fighters fought flames on 6th Street and Cascade Avenue in the early hours of Monday morning, May 18. The River Falls Fire Department was called to a dumpster fire at that location at about 1:15 a.m. Monday. Before firefighters arrived, flames could be seen in the dumpster, which was near a building. Arriving not long after receiving the initial call, River Falls fire fighters quickly set to work dousing the flames. All emergency personnel were clear of the incident by 1:38 a.m.
Satisfy your curiosity about that old painting you got from Aunt Bertha or the mystery item you found in grandpa’s garage at the River Falls Public Library’s antiques appraisal event set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20. For $10 per item, you can get an answer to your questions from Mark Moran, a licensed appraiser and consultant on “Antiques Roadshow.”
This Sunday afternoon, May 17, the River Falls Public Library will hold a symbolic mortgage burning event outside. Everyone’s invited for the celebration. The 1-4 p.m.
Sunny skies shone on 195 participants Saturday, May 9, as they swam, biked, and ran to honor the memory of Grace Goblirsch, who died in 2013 of leukemia. "It was the perfect tribute to Grace and her memory," said Grace's mom Sue Goblirsch. "We were so excited with the response from the community!" This year, participants were encouraged to form teams for two or three people. This way, the event could be done tag-team style.
River Falls firefighters were summoned to a blaze at a rental house at 502 Spring St. just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Fire Chief Scott Nelson said there were flames found on the interior stairs. The occupants inside got out safely. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Nelson said flames were confined to the stairway and upper rooms. “Upon arrival, the Fire Department quickly knocked down the fire and remained on scene for about an hour to ensure the fire was completely out,” Nelson said.
Last Saturday Ken Hensel of River Falls and I went north to fish on Lake Wapogasset in Polk County. “Wapo” is a flowage lake in the Apple River watershed west of Amery covering 1,186 acres and is connected to the 241-acre Bear Trap Lake to the south.
Jay Matchett started as the director of Our Neighbors’ Place, 109 N. Main St., on March 23. ONP is a local nonprofit group that deals with the needs of the homeless. Matchett is from River Falls.
Express Employment Professionals of River Falls earned top honors at the 32nd annual International Leadership Conference in Nashville, according to Monica Wright, River Falls Express general manager. The River Falls Express office was awarded the Circle of Excellence Award which recognizes top performing offices in the Express system. “It is truly an honor to be recognized for these achievements,” said Wright.
Anna White, of River Falls, has been named the new director/teacher of Children of Faith Preschool at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 545 Apollo Road. White grew up in Kenosha, one of eight children, before earning an early childhood education degree from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn. She was the lead teacher for preschool wrap-around care at Jacob’s Ladder in River Falls during the 2013-14 term.