At 1567 Sullivan Court, just north of the newly re-opened Grind'n Away drive-up coffee shop, area residents can now find another Gilby's Street Department in River Falls.
Twelve students were recently recognized by their teachers, two from each grade level and house at Meyer Middle School during the month of September, due to the outstanding work and social and academic skills displayed in their respective classrooms.
Most people remember where they were when an important event occurs. Julie Walker of River Falls says she was at home when she came up with the idea for a new business she'd soon begin researching and planning. That realization was important to Walker for several reasons. "I knew I was going to be laid off soon," began Walker, from an appraisal job she'd had at a real estate business.
In the summer of 2007, town of River Falls resident April Rixmann read about a pedal tractor pulling competition that was to be held at the Pierce County Fair in Ellsworth. Just for fun, she and husband Jeff Rixmann entered their "tribe" for five children in the contest's various age levels and started what they hope becomes a family tradition. With no prior experience except for playing on Jeff's two antique pedal tractors he had kept since his childhood days, the Rixmann kids did remarkably well. Playing on those toy tractors "...turned into more than just fun," said April.
When River Falls resident Brenda Dretsch got an e-mail from Meyer Middle School personnel letting her know about a local veteran who was collecting Beanie Babies stuffed animals for children in Iraq and asking for donations from middle school families, she immediately thought of her late sister Gayle Lubich.
The River Falls Area Hospital will conduct a chemical decontamination exercise from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Hoffman Park and the hospital grounds. The River Falls Ambulance Service, and River Falls Police and Fire department personnel will be also take part along with employees from the River Falls Medical Clinic and hospital. The exercise will test: Chemical identification and decontamination, multi-agency communication, triage, traffic control and hospital security.
Saturday, Oct. 25, is national Make a Difference Day. In recognition of that day, the American Red Cross will hold blood drives in the St. Croix Valley. Upcoming blood donation opportunities include: Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the River Falls Area Hospital, 1629 E. Division St. Monday, Oct. 20, from 1-6 p.m., at the Sportsmans' Club, Sandridge Road in Pepin.
UW-River Falls is currently the educational institution of choice of about 80 students who come from countries as far away as Japan, Kenya, Germany, Taiwan, India and several other nations. They've picked UW-RF for just about as many reasons as the number of countries they represent. Many are here because of the agricultural programs, the scientific research, the artistic experiences, and more offered on campus. One such student from Japan, recently shared one of the major reasons she chose UW-RF above other universities.
River Falls High School senior Amanda Wittkopf says, "I'm really surprised that I'm the only one here." She's referring to being the only 12th-grader at the school chosen by the National Merit Scholarship Company this year to qualify as a semifinalist in its award program. "I would be amazed," she said, if she was selected to continue down the competition's path. Wittkopf, learned of her nomination in September, and says, "I'm pretty excited about it.
The names Devanritya Dance Ensemble and Isis Aurora Dance Collective may sound familiar to many in the River Falls area. That's because the two groups have performed many times in the River Falls area. Jocelyn Gorham, who lives in Beldenville, has been part of the two dance groups that specialize in Middle Eastern and South Indian dancing.