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 Copper Kettle was the clear winner of this year's Burger Battle, according to Craig Hofland, one of the organizers, and Teri-Gene Conlan of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Copper Kettle owner/operator Ted Leier said it feels good to win. "We've got a great staff," he said. "And this kinda shows everything that we're doing." Leier said the winning burger was a good product for a good cause —one that he's glad Copper Kettle could be a part of.
Arnold Roen sat in the front row at the River Falls Memorial Day Program this year, held in the Meyer Middle School gym due to rain. He sat on a folding chair with his wife, and one of his daughters on bleachers nearby, for the program. Known by most as "Arnie," Roen said in a separate interview that Memorial Day is especially important to him as he served for three years and three months during World War II. WWII
Jill Magee didn't realize how serious her illness was about a year ago, when she came down with flu-like symptoms: fever, aches and pains. She said she let things go on for a month or two before she ended up going to the doctor where she learned she had Lyme disease. Even with relatively quick intervention, Magee said, the disease \ took its toll on her. She developed Bell's Palsy, a form of temporary partial facial paralysis, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
A group of people filled the River Falls Public Library's lower level Wednesday, April 24. The crowd gathered to learn more about potential plans for commuter trains going from Eau Claire to the Twin Cities. William Draves, co-chair of the St. Croix Valley Rail Group, said his organization and the West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition are planning a fully-private train, which would not use taxpayer dollars for support. The group shared some history of efforts to bring a passenger train to the area, where those efforts are today, and then took time to answer questions.
Between the so-called "polar vortex" and large snowfalls, local school districts have cancelled school several times so far this month. So many times, in fact, that districts are making plans to make up the lost time, to make sure they are giving children the number of instructional hours required by the state. According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website, Wisconsin administrative code requires 437 hours for kindergarten, 1,050 hours for first through sixth grade, and 1,137 hours for grades 7-12.
There had not been a handwritten Bible commissioned in some 700 years when The Saint John's Bible was commissioned, said Kay Fritz, local calligrapher. Planning and work began on The Saint John's Bible in 1995, and the last word was written in May 2011. The Saint John's Bible was written on vellum using quills, natural handmade inks, hand ground pigments, and gilded with gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. It is a modern, English translation (New Revised Standard Version) with contemporary scripts and illuminations.
Hudson Middle School orchestra teacher Rachel Knipfer felt a surge of excitement when she first read an article about Mark Wood's "Electrify Your Strings" program. Wood plays violin in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. "Electrify Your Strings" is a music education program through which a team of "teaching artists" work with kids over a two- to three-day visit. Kids will play compositions and arrangements by Mark Wood. Not long after Knipfer read about the program, one of her friends brought Wood to work with her orchestra in Oshkosh.
The Village of Roberts set its 2019 budget in a special meeting Monday, Nov. 26, immediately following a public hearing held for the budget. The budget was set at $1,847,582, up 4.33 percent from last year's budget of $1,770,933. The expected revenues within the budget are as follows: • The property tax levy was set at $1,007,945, a 5.37 percent change from last year's $956,536. • $78,000 is expected to come in the form of other taxes
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.
"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."