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Amy Wesner of River Falls has had a deep passion for art all her life. After she graduated from high school, it was that passion that drove Wesner to seek a college degree in art and design. For years the creative arts have often been a part of the focus of jobs she's worked. Wesner's artistic drawing and print making talents have also given her a way to cope with an illness that's afflicted her for some time -- depression.
UW-River Falls Facilities Management Assistant Director Manny Kenney, also a member of the River Falls school board, said this year's work to the Melvin Wall Amphitheatre should begin in July and be done this fall. "It is a lively, unique site used for many events," Kenney said. "We want to see continued, increased use of this gem." During the last four decades the outdoor theater, named for former UW-RF professor Melvin Wall, has been the site of many memorable and entertaining performances by various individuals, bands, actors, orchestras, singers and dancers and more.
A group of Meyer Middle School students recently got down in the dirt to assist efforts at the River Falls Grow-to-Share gardens as part of a class community service project.
Under the instruction of high school teacher Paul Haugland and the supervision of Walters Buildings employee Dan Purfeerst, a classroom of 17 students recently completed a project that taught them construction basics and will benefit others in the school district. The high school's principles of construction class built a Walters Building brand storage shed that will be used by the school district's Kids' Club, maintenance department and athletics department. Haugland was pleased with the students' work and Purfeerst's assistance. "(Dan) did a super job with the kids and gave them some valu
Back in 1974, after listening to what his brother's friend had to say, 19-year-old Dave Reis, of River Falls, made an important decision. Little did he know that 35 years later he'd look back at that choice humbly and with great satisfaction. Next week Reis and his staff will celebrate those 35 years with an open house at the familiar Main Street firm he owns and operates, Reis Insurance Agency, Inc. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at the agency, 220 S. Main St.
Last February a group of concerned citizens gathered to address the need for a homeless shelter in River Falls. The group's initial idea was to set up sites in local churches to temporarily house those needy individuals and families who had recently lost their homes, their jobs and more. It was hoped that churches which could provide the necessary space, could also share the responsibility of housing and feeding the homeless on a rotating basis.
"The kids, the kids, the kids, the kids," said Meyer Middle School teacher Diane Brady about what she'll miss most when she retires in June. "They keep you young and they're so funny," Brady added. "They just tickle me and keep me laughing. I just love all of them. "Just today, I was laughing so much at what they were telling me, that a couple of them asked what I was on, or if I had taken some drug that made me so happy." Of course, Brady reassured them she hadn't.
March 18 turned out to be a very good day for River Falls High School senior Robbie Doyle. Not only was it Doyle's 18th birthday but, also on that day, he received notification from a national Boy Scouts of America review committee that he earned an Eagle badge, the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve. Doyle's nearly decade-long Boy Scout involvement had reached its peak. In this, his last year, he had led a group of nine Scouts through a project that would benefit a community, by following the intricate and demanding step-by-step process required by the BSA.
Library Director Nancy Miller is happy that it's almost finished. Since the first of the year the River Falls Public Library has had a plentiful share of that dreaded, but in this case necessary, annoyance called "noise." Construction workers have been the source of the disturbance, but with good cause. For the last five months they've been working on a redesign of several areas in the library.
The plans and preparations have been nurtured and growing for about two years now. And finally next month, the "blooming" city of River Falls, along with the efforts of many residents and businesses, will be judged by a national organization in a competition sponsored by America in Bloom.