Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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It was a chilly group bundled in winter gear that gathered on the corner of Main Street and Cascade Avenue with lit candles Monday evening, Nov. 26. With lows dropping into the teens and a biting breeze, it was a little hard to keep candles lit, said town of River Falls resident Jackie Brux, who organized the candlelight vigil held in support of immigrants. Though some candles struggled, the determination of those holding the candles held strong, Brux said.
Though she now lives in Los Angeles, Amelia Skye Dunlap has not forgotten her roots. Dunlap grew up in Hudson and attended UW-River Falls, receiving a marketing degree. Dunlap is now living her dream, and she wants to thank the Hudson and River Falls communities for helping her reach those dreams. The 2014 Hudson High School graduate earned a marketing degree in 2018. By July 1, she packed up and moved to LA. She was following a dream she'd had since she was a little girl, to go to LA to pursue a career in acting, modeling and the arts.
The River Falls City Council recently approved its 2019-2020 biennial budget, which includes the 2019 tax levy. The property tax levy proposed at the Oct. 27 council meeting was reduced from $6,641,126 to $6,550,000 due to increases in other revenues, such as transportation aid. The city's mill race increase is 2.4 percent this year. The new budget focuses on:
The Roberts Village Board approved raising the sewer rates by 10 percent during its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 12. The same motion that approved the rate increase also called on the board to revisit the rates at the December 2020 meeting, to see if there is an opportunity to lower the rates again. The rates were raised in order to help repay the loans the village has taken out to pay for the CLEARAS water treatment facility. Board member Katy Kapaun said she hopes the rates will be able to be lowered again in the future.
In the wake of the tragic death of three Chippewa Falls Girl Scouts, and one mother, the River Falls School District was one of a number of districts in the region that reached out to support the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District. River Falls Superintendent Jamie Benson said River Falls reached out to Chippewa Falls to see if it could help in any way.
Recently River Falls High School students have been seen downtown and around the UW-River Falls campus handing out fliers for Freddy's Dairy Bar. Teacher Kris Thompson divided his "Leadership for Business Excellence" class into nine teams of three. Each team developed its own promotion and its own flier to get people to check out the newly opened Freddy's Dairy Bar at UWRF.
A crowd packed the River Falls Public Library's lower level Wednesday evening, Nov. 14, for the city's final Kinni Corridor open house. Kinni Corridor Committee member Lisa Moody said she was excited to see new faces at the open house. And she's excited to see the concept plans the committee has been working on getting closer to becoming reality. This latest iteration of the concept plan being developed by the Kinni Corridor Committee with consultant company HKGI was presented in the form of several large maps on boards that event-goers could view.
"Extra, extra!" Read all about the River Falls High School's production of "Newsies" right here. Judging by the excitement and cheers during a special performance for the district's elementary and middle school students, the play was a big hit with the audience. Newsies tells the real-life story of the newsboys' (or newsies) strike of 1899, through the eyes of fictional strike leader Jack Kelly, played by Aaron Wilber.
When Jackie Brux heard that U.S. President Donald Trump had fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, she became very concerned. "I (and others) feel that our very democracy is at stake," Brux said. "Trump should not be attempting to control our intelligence community, our judicial system, our legislative branch, and certainly not the news media. These are supposed to be independent checks on any president. And more certainly, Russia should not be controlling out elections."
When Mel Germanson and Jerry Carter announced they planned to retire from managing their annual "Grumpy Old Men" food drive, Rick Bowen and Craig Miles were ready to take up their torch. Bowen had helped Germanson and Carter with the drive for years. Miles, Carter's nephew, started helping with the drive last year. "I think both of us are looking for some form of meaningful give-back community service," said Bowen. Though they'll be carrying on the "Grumpy Old Men's" tradition, Bowen and Miles said they won't take the name.