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"River Falls natives travel back in time!" That sounds like the headline of those tabloids one might glance at while waiting in line at a grocery store. But for Charla and Del Kusilek, former area residents, taking a trip to the village of Dolni Chermná in the Czech Republic, was like a journey into the past - rural River Falls' past - at the turn of the century. The Kusileks' trip in June was a two-fold mission.
Does lack of the proper equipment or finding a reliable person for the job have your outdoor projects on the skids? River Falls resident Dennis Riemenschneider wants to fix that predicament. He's started a side business in the last year called "Skidworks" in addition to his full-time job. In about five years when he retires from his full-time job, as a welder at Andersen Corp. in Bayport, Minn., Riemenschneider wants to make Skidworks his full-time "hobby." "I started (Skidworks) because I saw a need for it in River Falls," said Riemenschneider.
Driving home just before dawn, he must have felt proud. Young college student Clay Vannet had passed his graduate school entrance exams a few hours earlier. The ambitious 22-year-old could now cross off another entry on his list of career goals. Vannet had taken another step closer to becoming a successful businessman. Perhaps it was that personal dream that made him not fully aware of just how sleepy he was as he drove off the road and to his death on April 11. Clay Charles Vannet, of River Falls, apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his truck driving along Hwy.
She's tired of complaining about the business district's trash. So instead of whining, Nell Henry, River Falls resident since 1982, will take charge to bring change. Henry is organizing volunteers to help her tidy Main Street. To start with, she plans to tackle the areas from Luigi's Pizza down to Bo Jon's florist, including both sides of the boulevard. "I just want to get it started," said Henry.
"My sister died at the age of 29, leaving my parents to raise her four-month-old son," said Elizabeth Nicholas, American Family insurance agent. "My parents had enough life insurance for the funeral, (but) not enough to cover the mourning period or pay off debts. "My family suffered greatly, and if we had more life insurance on (my sister), our lives would be different in so many ways." Nicholas, who recently opened an insurance office at 158 E. Pomeroy St., says that life-altering incident is what made her choose her present career.
"I've never been so cold in all my life!" said French high school student Claire Dishinger last week, when asked how she likes living in River Falls. She said it gets cold in Alsace, the region of France where she was raised, but nothing like the recent cold snap in River Falls. Even with Wisconsin's typical January weather, Dishinger is enjoying her stay. She's the guest of Rick and Shelly Lubich of River Falls, whose children, Matt and Amanda Lubich, are also high schoolers. Dishinger arrived in River Falls last August.
Over the years I've worked many varied jobs - all of them due to necessity. I'm sure you know the reasons why. Yes, to keep a roof over my head and food on the table. Some jobs have been enjoyable. With others I counted the days until I was sure I should quit. With each job I learned much: How to work with others, how to use a computer, how to plan and organize, how to give to others. And each job gave me different perspectives of life, cultures, and needs. What an eye-opener some jobs are. But no matter how good or how bad, I always gave them my best shot.
The mood was festive and emotions pumped as colorful decorations, displayed inside and out, helped showcase the newly refurbished EconoFoods super market last week. Customers, old and new, couldn't help but notice the many changes and improvements to the Main Street store. Dean Blank, the store's assistant manager, listed a few. "We've updated the lighting, going to a more energy efficient system," he said.
Newspaper, "A paper that is printed and distributed usually daily or weekly and that contains news, articles of opinion, features and advertising.", Webster's Dictionary I think most will agree the River Falls Journal's publication fits that definition. More specifically, Webster defines "news" as: "1) a report of recent events; or 2) a. material reported in a newspaper or news periodical or on a newscast, b. matter that is newsworthy." Those definitions also contain what readers will find in the Journal, but I've occasionally heard some who might not agree.
"Why do they want to bag Dad?" asked the worried little girl. "What?" said her mother, trying to both pay attention to the TV news report and not ignore her daughter's question. "Why do they want bag Dad?" the youngster repeated, only louder. Someone was going to hurt her father and put him in a big plastic bag. She might never see him again. The six-year-old wanted to know who would do such a thing. Daddy was out jogging. Was he coming back, or was someone going to take him away?