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Jennifer J. Peterson, a former principal and curriculum director in Spooner, was hired last week to become academic services director for the River Falls School District. She replaces Mike Johnson who took a job in Minnesota. The selection of Peterson came during a special school board meeting Friday, June 27. There were a total of 13 applicants.
Ila June Brown-Pratt of Gallery 120 invites the public to an opening reception for the "Have Water, Will Paint" watercolor group. The event will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, at Gallery 120 at 120 North Main Street in River Falls, refreshments will be served. Artists participating include Eldora Schober Larson, Naomi Brandt, Bettie Peterson, Liz Wolf, Clayton Snow, Tom Gunderson, Ed Paulson, Mary Baker and Sherry Kromschroeder.
An opinion piece in the Minneapolis Star Tribune called attention to the fact that, while our military are great national heroes, we have three holidays to honor them. Independence Day, however, offers us the chance pay tribute to other heroes. As does the First Amendment of the US Constitution which gives us the right to create the art* and fight the civilian “wars” that are in our hearts, to support the causes that mean most to us, to celebrate any heroes we choose to.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation bridge office has now closed 233rd street over I-94 between Baldwin and Woodville in both directions. The closure is needed due to structural damage to a bridge column that happened overnight when a semi-truck crashed into it. Drivers will have to find alternate routes to access 233rd street.
According to May data from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Pierce and Dane counties tied for the lowest jobless rate among the state’s 72 counties. Pierce and Dane had 3.8% unemployment rates. St. Croix County was right behind with the state’s third lowest rate for May at 3.9%. Both Pierce and St. Croix saw jobless rates drop from April when both counties were at 4.3%. The DWD said jobless rates declined in all but three of Wisconsin’s 72 counties from April to May.
River Falls police this week have cited Maverick’s Corner Saloon owner Rebecca L. Kappers twice for an operator’s license violation. Both citations are related to a couple of underage drinking incidents (June 15 and June 23) discovered after fights outside the bar. A bartender at Maverick’s, 128 N. Main St., was also cited Feb. 14 for an operator’s license violation related to underage drinking. Police Sgt.
Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove has declared an emergency no-wake order on the Mississippi river and associated backwaters from Prescott to Maiden Rock. Hove gave the order Wednesday, June 25.
This week's featured photo was taken by Derek Lucht, of people kayaking on the lower Kinnickinnic River. You could see your photo featured on the River Falls Journal website. If you capture an image you want to share, send it to us and it could be one of our weekly featured reader photographs. We will feature a different photo each week for readers to enjoy. For a chance to have your photo featured, email a photo taken in River Falls to reporter Gretta Stark at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The city of River Falls will conduct another monthly test of its network of storm sirens. The sirens will be set off at 1 p.m. Monday, June 23. Police Chief Roger Leque says "there may be more than one activation" for the sirens when they are tested.
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