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The River Falls Community Arts Base holds its annual Spring Art GALA Saturday night (see related sidebar) not only to raise funds and awareness about its organization, but also to celebrate a big birthday. CAB is turning 15. Founding member David Markson said CAB started after a group of locals held a "barnstorming" session, which was community brainstorming held in a barn. He estimated about 50-60 people attended with interest in seeing an arts organization form. He and Danette Olson belonged to the Community Theatre, which started before CAB.
Commerce Secretary Richard Leinenkugel visited River Falls Jan. 28 to announce $108,000 in economic development tax credits awarded to NELA Ternes Register Group, a company that moved its U.S. headquarters in summer 2009 from Minnesota to the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park in River Falls. NELA brought over 62 employees with it and has committed to creating 20 more jobs. "This announcement is further evidence that Wisconsin has some of the strongest economic development tools in the country," said Governor Jim Doyle in a news release.
Two vehicles collided just after 9 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Hwy. 65 and County Road N in the town of Kinnickinnic, injuring one driver and killing a horse. According to a Wisconsin State Patrol press release, Joann Nova Yahnke, 32, of Prior Lake, Minn., was driving a 2006 Dodge pickup hauling a horse trailer. Mark John Blair, 54, of Lowry, Minn. was driving a 1990 Kenworth semi loaded with a 'wide load' tractor. As Yahnke turned east onto County Rd. N from Hwy. 65, Blair's eastbound semi failed to stop at the stop sign on County Rd. N at Hwy. 65.
Nine local organizations will team up to hold a summit 7:30 a.m.-noon May 21 at the Bethel Highlands Lutheran Church, 504 Frontage Road, Hudson, because they see the evidence of hunger and homelessness on the rise in both Pierce and St. Croix counties. Bethel Lutheran Church, Two Rivers Community Land Trust, St Croix Valley Community Foundation, United Way of St. Croix Valley, West Cap, Salvation Army, St.
Vickie Goulette started as new executive director of Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence three weeks ago. When she saw the advertisement in the Journal's sister paper in Hudson, Goulette knew of the shelter, its programs and its River Falls home. "It was an appealing opportunity," she said. And with 17 years' experience in county social services work, she set about applying for the position that oversees Turningpoint's administration and operations.