Zach Dwyer is a senior journalism student at UW-River Falls. He is an intern reporter for RiverTown Multimedia during the summer of 2018 covering features and sports. He was previously a news intern in the summer of 2017 for the Red Wing Republican Eagle.
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SPRING VALLEY — Ethan Hayes may only be 21 years old, but he has been involved with the Spring Valley Stagehands since before he was a freshman in high school. He will get his second chance at directing a play this month as the community theatre will present "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" on July 19-22 and 26-29.
The St. Croix County dairy judging team has had success at state and national levels in the past and is looking to expand that success in 2018. The team meets weekly starting in March or April until member compete at districts, where they see if they can advance to the state or national level. Senior members, which include freshman in high school and older, compete in teams of four to grade cows.
The Great River Roads Theatre will perform Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" beginning July 12 in the Prescott High School Auditorium. Judy Johnson has been directing for 25 years with the Great River Road Theatre, and she will be co-directing with Courtney Lamb this year. Lamb has been acting in plays under Johnson's leadership since age 5 and now has her first chance to direct with the Great River Road Theatre.
The River Falls Fighting Fish fell to the Rochester Royals 14-4 on Friday night at First National Bank of River Falls Field in a game that was decided by strong Rochester hitting and mistakes from the Fish.
The River Falls Post 121 baseball team continued its strong start to the season, going 3-2 this week as the team enter the mid-summer break. Post 121 began the week by holding off New Richmond Post 80 7-6 Wednesday night at First National Bank of River Falls Field. Tyler Penny started on the mound for River Falls, but was replaced by Nick Speckman to begin the second inning. Speckman picked up the win after giving up only five hits and one earned run over three innings.
Gov. Scott Walker and other state representatives traveled throughout Wisconsin to 13 different cheese companies and facilities to celebrate Wisconsin Cheese Day on June 25. In conjunction with National Dairy Month, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Sheila Harsdorf visited the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery to speak at the event and present CEO Paul Bauer with a certificate of appreciation from Walker.
UW-River Falls professor Rhonda Petree first lived abroad in Kazakhstan in her mid-20’s in 1999. She was a Peace Corps volunteer who taught English, with her only responsibilities being “her backpack and her bike.” But now, 19 years later, she’s preparing to leave on a year-long teaching journey with her family to Narva, Estonia. Petree recently won the highly-selective Fulbright award, which allows professors to teach in another part of the world for an academic year.
Rosie Pechous graduated from Hastings High School in 2016 as a student who felt like she didn’t really connect with her peers or organizations in high school. She said she definitely wasn’t someone who would be seen as a leader, mainly taking PSEO classes and not being deeply involved in high school.
PEPIN, Wis. — Opportunities can come out of the most unlikely of places. In Pepin, it looks to be out with the crops and in with the flowers. Tom Brockman of Afton, Minn., is in converting his Lucky Dog Farm from growing crops into planting about 135 acres of flowers. The Conservation Reserve Program or CRP is working with Brockman to convert his 150-acre Pepin farm into a place to grow perennial flowers.
Making it to the highest level of a sport isn't an easy accomplishment. But one dedicated fighter from Hudson is trying to make his mark on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Chase Waldon, a River Falls native who now lives in Hudson, is closing in on the biggest fight of his MMA career in late July.