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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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.
"My name is Adolf George Koderick. My friends have referred to me as 'the old survivor," said Koderick one afternoon, sitting in his town of River Falls home. Koderick, who goes by the nickname Art, has earned that title over his 95 years. He was born in LaCrosse, and it is there that his story of survival began. Childhood survival Koderick said his father was very strong. "Probably the strongest man I've ever met in my life," he said. "But he was abusive."
The national news lately has included stories of accidents involving drivers not stopping when school buses stop to pick up or drop off kids. In the past week, said River Falls School District Transportation Director Todd Burnap, there have been four such accidents nationally. Burnap said he'd like to remind local drivers to be cautious around school busses. "If you see a school bus with it's flashing lights and the stop arm out, make sure you stop," said Burnap.
Jim Guhl, a 30-year Hudson resident, will soon visit the River Falls Public Library to talk about his writing, particularly his newly-published novel: "Eleven Miles to Oshkosh." "Eleven Miles to Oshkosh" is a coming of age book, telling the story of Del "Minnow" Finwick, a 15-year-old boy growing up in Neenah, Wisconsin in the 1970s. "The vast majority of the book is set in the Fox Valley region," Guhl said.