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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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.
Warm spring weather greeted Easter egg seekers at the annual Hudson Boosters Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 20 in Prospect Park. Event organizers said they handed out more than 600 chocolate bunnies to the largest crowd they'd ever hosted. Bicycle winners included Riley Deaton, Effie Kleinhuizen, Dawson Rubenbauer, Corbin Mayer, Veda Schewe, and Ren Mack.
When she lost her apartment in a fire on Jan. 26, Ashley Christiansen lost more than her home and possessions. She lost a piece of her family: Her 3-year-old tabby cat, Tater. Christiansen said she misses Tater, or Tate for short, "more than I could ever explain." "I don't have a home anymore, so having him would give me a sense of home," she said. "He was my family for two years." The fire ravaged Christiansen's apartment at 222 E. Walnut St. in the early morning hours of Jan. 26; its contents were destroyed.
Dr. Carolyn Wanken, of Hope Chiropractic is trying to keep focused on the positive, after a vehicle crashed into her business for the third time in just over 10 months. The vehicle hit the building, located at 832 Carmichael Road, at about 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, according to a Hudson police report. “We heard loud squealing tires and came around the corner just as [the driver] hit the building,” Wanken said.
Wendy Wall has spent time at the current River Falls High School building. She is impressed with the layout of the building, and finds it a very conducive learning environment. But, she doesn't feel the same connection and sense of pride she feels when visiting what is now known as the River Falls Academy building on Fremont Street. "It surprised me a little how attached we can become to a building," Wall said. "It's really the memories, not the building."
The Hudson School Board is making transition plans for students affected by the new elementary boundary changes. Assistant Director of Community Relations Tracy Habisch-Ahlin said the district has already connected with all the families who will be impacted by the boundary change. She said current fourth graders going into fifth grade will be granted a boundary exception, if their parents requested that by Feb. 11. Children in other grades can submit requests for boundary exceptions through April 30.
Raven Hernandez had always wanted to go on a mission trip. "I've known a lot of friends who have gone to Honduras and had incredible experiences," she said. "I was just ready to go, and it was an opportunity." Hernandez was part of a group from Journey Church of River Falls and Christ Center Assembly of God of Hudson that recently took a mission trip to Honduras to build a church there. "It was a mix of being the hands and feet of Jesus," said Hernandez, "and also just getting to experience a new culture."
After much back-and-forth discussion, weighing family impacts and teetering on the brink of changing their minds about Area 1 in the Hudson elementary boundary debate, the Hudson School Board ultimately voted Monday, Jan. 14 to accept the recommendation from the Boundary Committee as originally presented. This means that 65 students in Area 1 who currently attend River Crest Elementary will be moving to Hudson Prairie next year. The new boundaries
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.