It began about six years ago.
Combine a lifelong interest in local history with today's ever-expanding digital photography techniques and what do you get?
The St. Croix County Public Health Department has opened a hotline to handle incoming calls regarding H1N1 influenza. The hotline, at 715-246-8224, is open 24 hours a day. It will provide general information for the public regarding H1N1, including signs and symptoms, precautions to prevent illness, and other information sources. The line will also route calls from health care partners and the public to St. Croix County Public Health nurses. The Public Health Department is prepared and working with the State Division of Health and local health partners to respond to the H1N1 outbreak.
Where a chapter on one person's life has closed, a new one has been opened for someone else. That's what happened when Teresa "Tina" Wolff, the owner and operator of Tina's Quilt/Cliff's Fix It Shop on Main Street, died in February. Many of her faithful customers and River Falls itself were left with the prospect of not having a place locally to buy fabrics and sewing notions. However, Ellen DeWolf, one of those frequent patrons at Tina's, now finds the opportunity to fulfill one of her life's goals -- to own a quilt shop of her own.
Add three more area names to the prestigious list of honorees from across Wisconsin. For their "outstanding ability to inspire love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom," River Falls School District teachers Mary Linehan and Stephanie Reid now stand among other Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl fellowship recipients from years past. Linehan and Reid are 2009's award winners. High school senior Lindsie Freeborn recently learned she is a Kohl scholar.
A senior high school student has recently created somewhat of a stir among a few of his fellow classmates -- in a most positive manner, that is. He is Elyor Bozorov, an exchange student from a country that was formerly part of the United Soviet Socialist Republics, and is now known as Uzbekistan. Bozorov's positive impact stemmed from a need to come up with some sort of service project, a required part of his student exchange involvement. At first, he wasn't quite sure what to do. "I thought about getting students to help clean up sidewalks," said Bozorov.
Julie Bergstrom, the city's finance director and interim administrator, recently gave an update on the construction progress of the new River Falls City Hall. Begun last summer, at Maple and Lewis streets, the building is nearly ready to be occupied. "The most recent schedule will have the building open on (Tuesday) May 5," said Bergstrom. "We will be moving most of the city offices on May 1, although (RFC-Channel 16) cable TV will be moving the week of April 20.
Next week thousands of handcrafting enthusiasts from around the world will gather in Paducah, Ky., to take part in the American Quilting Society's annual quilt show and contest. Town of Kinnickinnic resident Mary Roen will be there, too -- for the 20th time. This year's trip out east, however, will be more memorable for Roen than all the rest.
Another local corporation has found a new site to set up shop. General Business Equipment, Inc., in business since 1991 and formerly located at 108 E. Maple St., can now be found sharing building space with another local firm, Ogden Engineering. As of March 1, Eric Durhman, owner and operator of the imaging equipment business, can be found along with his staff at 1234 S. Wasson Lane. Though still unpacking some supplies and setting up displays, GBE is ready to help those customers who need its services. Durhman was asked what customers can expect from GBE.
This year marks the third decade that area residents who have found themselves the victims of abuse have had a place of refuge and assistance during some of their darkest days. Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Inc., turns 30. With its notable record of providing support, it begins that milestone with a new executive director who says she's ready to continue the shelter's mission. Kim Wojcik (pronounced "woe-chick") of Red Wing, Minn., was hired as Turningpoint's new executive director on March 9, replacing Vicki Goulette, the former head, who resigned in December.