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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Houlton Elementary was one of four Wisconsin schools to be honored with a national "Green Ribbon School" recognition by the U.S. Department of Education. Forty-five individual schools were recognized nationally through this program, which honors schools that teach sustainability, try to minimize environmental impacts, and make health and wellness programs a priority. Houlton was one of two Wisconsin elementary schools nominated for the award.
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.
River Falls firefighters, EMS and police were called to an area near the intersection of Cascade Avenue and Highway 65 for reports of a semi on fire not long before 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 10. AT ablut 10 p.m. Smoke coukd be seen coming from the semi, from across Cascade Avenue. No flames appeared visible at that time. River Falls Police closed the intersection of Cascade and Highway 65 during the incident. More information will be added to this report as it becomes available
Editor's note: This story is from October 2016.
After about a year of operating with no bishop, the Catholic Diocese of Superior, which includes Hudson, will soon have a new leader. Pope Francis has appointed The Very Rev. James Powers to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Superior. Powers, a Hammond native, is pastor of the parishes St. Joseph, Rice Lake; St. John the Evangelist, Birchwood; Our Lady of Lourdes, Dobie; and Holy Trinity, Haugen.
Like most kids, Noah Metro celebrated his seventh birthday with a party. But Metro’s birthday party was a little different than most. “It was a risk to do this type of a party,” Noah Metro’s mom Heidi said. “It was a risk for him to not do what was conventional, and it was a risk for us because we want him to feel loved and spoiled and all those lovely things. But the risk paid off in such a beautiful way.” Noah’s birthday party, held at St.
This week started off with a bang – lots of them, and not just from Fourth of July fireworks. Many locals were awakened by reverberating claps of thunder in the wee hours of Monday. When they got up in the morning, many residents found a very unpleasant surprise. One of the hardest hit areas was River Falls, which picked up nearly 8 inches of rain. It was estimated that Hudson had about half that. Mitchell Kannel of River Falls went to take a shower Monday morning, and found there was no water.
It’s been a winding, bumpy road with detours, but Eric Fisher finally walked across the stage and claimed his master’s in school counseling diploma from UW-River Falls Saturday, Dec. 13. Fisher, a U.S.
Wedding bells are in the air for Wisconsin same-sex couples. Media reports say many couples have already been married in Madison and Milwaukee, following the decision by federal judge Barbara Crabb who ruled Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional last Friday. There was a time Wanda Brown and Phyllis Goldin of River Falls thought they would never see this day. “We could never have imagined that this would happen in our lifetimes,” Brown said. “It’s very exciting.
In the midst of the road construction on Wisconsin Highway 65 and Interstate 94 in Roberts, a new gas station has also been under construction. The new Pilot Flying J Travel Plaza opened on Monday, Oct. 22, in Roberts on 70th Avenue near the exchange of I-94 and Highway 65.