Noah Biros and Amanda Wittkopf, both of rural River Falls, were recently notified that they are two of about 16,000 students selected from across the United States to be considered for a prestigious honor. Both are semifinalists in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Corporation's award program.
What do large, prestigious and internationally well-known companies like Starbucks, Graco, Medtronic and Donaldson have in common with River Falls? Those mammoth companies have all done business with a fledgling one-year-old local business known as ProtoMAX, LLC, owned and operated by rural River Falls resident Marion Esterby. Those familiar entities have come to count on Esterby's expertise when he manufactures molds that are used to produce the wide array of plastic parts used in and on those companies' many products.
Despite the rainy weather that dampened last Saturday afternoon, Art on the Kinni, the annual juried arts festival went on as planned and produced a bunch of winners. Some were selected by the public and others by the artists themselves. The "Best of Show" award -- a ribbon and $100 -- went to Joyce Kadrmas, a jeweler from St. Croix Falls. The "Second Place" award -- a ribbon and $50 -- went to Warren Slocum, whose glass mirrors garnered his prize. He's from New Richmond. Two artists were given "Honorable Mention" awards -- a ribbon and $25 each.
Three new faces can be found smiling at St. Bridget Parish School, 135 E. Division St., this fall. Those smiles belong to Chanda McDonnell, Mary Gribble and Lisa Strub. Another set of three new teachers are becoming acquainted with students, staff and parents at Good Shepherd Christian Academy, 896 Hwy. 65 N. They include Wendy Harris, Patrick Richter and Gracia Nelson. Each shared a bit of information about themselves as they begin the academic school year. Chandra McDonnell is originally from Sterling, Ill., and has lived in River Falls for four years.
Her mom is local artist Melodie Needham.
Art On The Kinni organizers are getting ready for the juried art fair's which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. All area residents are invited to attend the free event which will feature more than 60 artists, musicians and food vendors found in the areas that begin with Main Street's Veterans Park, goes across the pedestrian bridge into Heritage Park, and continues along the river trail known as the White Kinnic Pathway. More information will be included in a feature story in the Sept. 11 paper issue of the River Falls Journal.
Come rain or shine, the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, will offer those interested a chance to experience glimpses of farming's past and bits of the present as Rob and Vickie Schaar of rural River Falls and their neighbors present their second annual Cherma Threshing Days. All area residents are invited to attend the free event. "This is a great show," claims the poster promoting the event.
What used to be an entertaining way for a religious congregation to kick-off a new school year will experience a few changes when it's held this Saturday. Pastor Mike Bechtold and the members of the River Falls Assembly of God Church invite area residents to the church's sixth annual Fall Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 6, at the church, located on the corner of Cascade Avenue and Valley View Drive.
During the last three of the 19 years I worked at The Lutheran Home, 640 N. Main St., I had the pleasurable task of gathering information for a daily "communiqué" I wrote for all nursing home employees to read. I called it the "NewsFlash." It included happenings that were scheduled that day and statistical facts, like special activities, the resident census count, meeting times and their locations, birthdays of residents and employees, reminders and much more.
Seven chief school administrators were asked to list any changes students, staff and parents can expect to experience as the 2008-2009 school year begins. School District Superintendent Tom Westerhaus was asked to make a few brief comments about what he's anticipating on and after Sept. 2. This is what they had to say. Greenwood Elementary There'll be a bunch of new faces at Greenwood Elementary School this fall, according to Principal Nate Schurman: Five new teachers and one new paraprofessional.