- Member for
- 8 months 3 weeks
A River Falls couple was planning their future retirement life when they settled on their property out in the country. They had plans of having animals and growing their own organic fruits and vegetables. But now the husband said it is hard to believe those hopes and dreams they shared will not come true. Shawn Collins started noticing something was wrong with his wife Christine in 2009, but he had no idea what. "I'd come home from work and the chicken coop door was wide open and she'd say the lock was broken," Collins said. "[But] nothing wrong with it [lock]."
A Pierce County man recently received the unexpected news that a living kidney donor had been found for him and it was someone close by. Prescott native Rob Mooney, who lives outside of Spring Valley and has lived in River Falls, was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2014; it progressed to stage 4 renal failure in 2017. He was placed on two different transplant lists in September 2017, one for just a kidney and one for a kidney and pancreas. But he knew the immediate need was for a kidney.
Cancer: a six-letter word, that means something different to so many people. For those who have survived cancer, the word has taken on a whole new definition after their personal experiences. As June 3 is National Cancer Survivors Day, we know many who have battled cancer, won and now supply hope to those going through similar battles. "Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body," according to Wikipedia.
As the weather gets warmer, that means road construction season has either already begun or will begin soon. Pierce County has a number of planned road construction projects for 2018. Pierce County Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson said various roadwork, culvert replacements, bridge work, and vertical profile improvements are some of the projects that will be done. County Highway V
Completing a marathon, half-marathon or a 5K can give someone a feeling of accomplishment and make a person proud to have completed a goal she may have thought impossible. In September, Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence is hoping to help many women achieve and accomplish their goals to complete a half-marathon or 5K.
One River Falls High School senior extended his volunteer work and shared his prom with residents of Our House Senior Living in River Falls. Robin Sordahl, a senior at RFHS, has been volunteering at Our House Senior Living in River Falls over the past few months. He said he can make the residents' day when he is there and he likes doing that. "The residents are always happy to have visitors," Sordahl said. "My grandma is 93 years old and lives with my family, so I have a lot of experience."
A possible child abduction attempt was reported on Sunday, April 22 around 10:45 a.m. on Canton Street in Prescott. According to Prescott Interim Police Chief Rob Funk a group of children reported that two men in a blue vehicle tried to lure them to the vehicle. “Sounds like there was an offer of candy or enticement of some kind,” Funk said.
As National Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to an end, there are still improvements that can be made to help sexual assault victims. Turningpoint Executive Director Alena Taylor said community to community public transportation would benefit sexual assault survivors. While some communities have transportation within their individual community, there isn't transportation from one community to another.
At the April 17 Pierce County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board nominated and appointed a new District 17 supervisor when the supervisor elected April 3 declined the seat. Arkansaw area resident John Krings, who was elected as the District 17 supervisor in an uncontested race April 3, declined the office to which he was elected because of family health reasons.
A possible school threat in the Prescott School District was reported Friday, April 20 around 5:20 p.m. According to Prescott Interim Police Chief Rob Funk they received a report that a juvenile had made some type of threat while he was out in the community. Funk said both Prescott police and Pierce County Sheriff’s Office responded and followed up on the threat.