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River Falls has been nationally recognized as “bike friendly community” by the League of American Bicyclists. The declaration reflects on how the city and biking groups encourage citizens to bike through support from law enforcement to make the streets safe for bicyclists and careful planning to provide trails and opportunities to bike. “For being such a small town, I don’t know any other town that has the quite the biking experience we have or the options,” said Isaac Curtis, owner of Crank Worx Bike Shop in River Falls.
Almost three years ago, an engineer and a salon owner moved outside of River Falls. A few years and a bad case of poison ivy later, they own two natural-based companies with the goal of working from home. Rewind. Tasia Ashton, married to Quint Ashton, owned hair salons in the Twin Cities, and prior to that, lived in Georgia doing hair. "Owning salons was my first big dream, and I opened that when I was 21 with my partners," she said. Quint is a project manager for residential areas.
For a local fiber artist and a woodcraftsman, moving from their living room to a new studio space was scary but felt right. Fiber artist Robbin Firth said when she received an email offering her a studio, she ran up and down the driveway. "Harry, you won't believe this -- Ruth just offered me a studio space," she reminisced laughing. "It's a big step, but it's a dream."
The Hudson High School Rod and Gun Club will take 12 students to state this weekend after starting one year ago. The 36-member club started last year when Rick Persinger, president of the Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club, noticed his son's and his son's friends' growing interests in shooting. "After that it snowballed," he said. This year, the club had the highest conference standings in Varsity and Junior Varsity, which, after being together one year, Persinger said was, "pretty darn good." When the team goes to state, the club members will be competing individually, but also as a team an
In 2005, Charles Huntley went to the doctor because "something just didn't feel right." He got a call a day later from his doctor while he was out of town celebrating his mother's 90 birthday, "And he said, you've got cancer." "I was scared," Huntley said, "because I didn't know the extent of it." When he arrived back home in Hudson, a series of tests, ultra sounds and meetings with specialists began. "The doctors here in Hudson did everything," Huntley said. How well they coordinated his care impressed him.
Finding the right games for this setting can be a challenge for people of different interests and ages, but with careful selection and compromise, you can make these ideal family nights possible and even supplement education for younger family members. When selecting the board games to bring home, the first thing to consider is the age level of players.