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 River Falls Police Department is looking for information about two homes that were recently vandalized with racial slurs. The doors of two homes were reportedly written on in permanent marker. The writing said "Go Back to Africa" and also included several racial slurs and profanity. The homes were located in the 400 block of Kennedy Street and the 400 block of Griffey Street. The vandalism happened between 9 p.m. Thursday, June 21, and 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 22.
Municipal court The Roberts Village Board has set a special meeting to discuss concerns with the village municipal judge and municipal court at 6 p.m. Monday, April 16. Police Chief Aaron McWilliams spoke to the village board April 9 about Municipal Judge Peter Tharp. McWilliams said it appears citations are being "amended from the bench." However, McWilliams said, citations cannot be amended by the municipal judge alone. He said Tharp had been "discouraged" from doing this in the past and it was still happening.
The Roberts Village Board invited assessor Eric Kleven of Kleven Property Assessment to its regular meeting last Monday, Feb. 12 . "We asked you to come back to understand better the assessment," said Board President Willard Moeri. Trustee Rand Waughtal said he felt he'd let the community down, because he didn't have enough information to answer their questions about the assessment.
Town of Oak Grove resident Tom Winkler was working at the St. Croix County Jail as a chaplain's assistant. One day, an inmate told him, "it was great that I came in and tried to 'save' the inmates, but maybe I should try to save somebody before they get put in prison," Winkler said. "I came home and I said, hey, this is what this guy said to me," Winkler said, "And we talked about it, and at the time, our kids were gone, and where we are in this big house with not enough people in it, and a desire to help people who need help, and off we went."
Writing a book has been a lifelong dream for Linda James. "It was always just something I wanted to do," she said. "I didn't know if I would really do it. I hoped that I would do it." About 15 months ago, she began working to make that dream a reality. And as of Oct. 11, James' dream had officially come true. She's published a book titled "The Space in Between." Set in 1968 in the fictional town of Springville, Minnesota, "The Space In Between" tells the story of a 10-year-old girl, Anna Hendricks, and her family.
River Falls and other firefighters and emergency responders were sent to the scene of a structure fire near N7521 Highway 65, in the town of River Falls, Saturday morning, Nov 11. Firefighters were called before 6:20 a.m. At around 7:50 a.m., those driving by could see smoke coming from the address on HIghway 65. Law enforcement redirected traffic around the many emergency vehicles at the scene of the fire. More information will be added as it becomes available.
Most people don't put much thought into getting into their car and driving off to wherever they need to go. Not everyone has that opportunity. "It seems like a simple thing to do," said St. Bridget Deacon Greg Miller. "But to them, it's like giving somebody who lost an arm a brand new arm back." Miller, in his ministry work, often finds people calling in with no transportation.
Over the past couple of months, Reubin Herfindahl has seen numbers of people coming into his computer repair shop, Digital Brigade, increase dramatically. Herfindahl said up until recently, he'd see one or two people reporting so-called "Call this number, you have a virus" phishing scams each week. A few weeks ago, he had a dozen customers who had problems related to such a scam. He said numbers have stayed similar. Herfindahl said the "Call this number, you have a virus" phishing scam starts with a phony webpage.
River Falls will honor police officers who have died in the line of duty, and recognize the contributions of officers in St. Croix, Pierce and Pepin Counties at the River Valley Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony. The ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at River Falls High School, 818 Cemetery Road. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Republican State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf continued her winning streak — which dates back to 1988 — with a win over Democratic Challenger Diane Odeen, for the 10th State Senate Seat. Odeen is also a River Falls City Council member. Harsdorf won by a wide margin, winning about 66 percent of votes, to Odeen’s approximately 34 percent. However, Odeen carried the vote in River Falls, receiving a total of 1,277 votes, while Harsdorf received 912, according to preliminary election results.