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Gretchen Lange remembers only one thing from the fateful predawn moments of May 21, 2010 -- seeing headlights coming at her. Lange worked at Hudson-based Cardinal Health and was driving home to Ellsworth after a night shift about 4:20 a.m., traveling south on Hwy. 65 about three miles outside of River Falls. The Plymouth Neon of a young couple crossed the line and struck Lange's vehicle head on -- killing the 24-year-old male driver, Andy Lindberg, and seriously injuring his wife, Kimberly. News stories on the fatal accident reported Lange to be in critical condition.
A big crowd gathered at Junior's Bar and Grill in River Falls the night of Thursday, Jan. 19, joining enthusiastic mom and well-known local singer Colleen Raye in front of a large-screen TV to watch her son, Reed Grimm, appear on American Idol. Grimm's Pittsburgh audition appeared in the first half hour of the show, including video footage of him playing onstage as a kid. He also told judges that he was born into a musical family since mom Raye and dad Steve Grimm are both singers and musicians.
River Falls resident Diane Odeen confirmed late Friday, Jan. 6, that she will run in this fall's Wisconsin Assembly election to represent District 30. A Democrat, Odeen said she began to consider the idea after a friend suggested she run for the seat currently held by Hudson-based Republican Dean Knudson. The 51-year-old native Wisconsinite said she cares deeply about her home state and declared, "I want to be part of the solution." She also follows in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents in getting involved and giving back to the community.
Emergency responders sped to an accident scene just after 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, on County Road F in the town of Clifton, about 1/10th of a mile south of 820th Avenue. At the bottom of a steep hill and curvy part of that road, a green, four-door, Chevrolet Cavalier drive by Daniel Olivarez, Jr., 50, of Hastings, Minn., left the pavement, rolled or flipped and landed on its roof. Olivarez was the driver and only occupant in the vehicle. A River Falls Ambulance transported him to River Falls Area Hospital with undetermined injuries.
The bright-blue bricks of the American Legion building at 1207 N. Main St. gave way this fall to a dramatically different exterior look. Minus a few finishing touches like outdoor benches and landscaping to come in spring, Legion Commander Ed Miller and member Neil Anderson say the outside remodel is complete. Crews installed the electronic sign last Wednesday. Last Thursday marked the switching on of the exterior lights that Anderson says will give the building a "presence" at night. Miller said several people have asked him if the Legion expanded, but no, it didn't.
Interim Director for the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust Dale Jorgenson said it was a routine, annual examination of the nonprofit organization's expenses that eventually led it to a new home at 265 Mounds View Road in the north-end industrial park. The move was made Monday, Oct. 31. KRLT moved into its former office space at 258 Riverside Drive -- the Bye, Goff and Rohde building -- in May 2010, coming from the historic Prairie Mill building on the corner of Main and Division streets, where it had an office for about 10 years.
What better a time for appreciating art than when a brisk wind has begun to swirl colorful, crackling leaves? It beats post-Thanksgiving weather, when snow likely will have conquered fall's colors. That thought helped a local group decide to organize the annual Main Street Art Crawl for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, instead of holding it the same day and weekend as the holiday-themed Riverdazzle festivities. "We have 20 businesses and 27 artists," said Val Lundgren, owner of Karma Gifts and an Art Crawl organizer.
New Main Street business owner Julie Keller of The Yoga Studio said Monday, "I wasn't planning on opening a studio or anything for the next five years." The fitness expert said her next goal was to complete the intensive process to become certified in therapeutic yoga. Then opportunity knocked. Keller says friend Lynne Altenberg taught dance in the studio space at 212 N. Main St., also offering yoga classes there. As Altenberg told her about the dance studio closing, Keller thought how she didn't want her friend to stop teaching yoga.
Postmaster Relief at the Beldenville Post Office, Belinda Hopp, confirms what the Postal Service said in a press release dated July 26: It is considering closure for the 153-year-old facility. The news release says as the online postal trend grows, the need diminishes for the USPS to maintain its 32,000 "retail" offices. "To that end," says the release, "the U.S.
An e-mail received by one of the Journal staff Tuesday, March 15, seemed to come from the Salvation Army and asked for donations to help Japan with emergency earthquake and tsunami relief. Upon checking its legitimacy with local Salvation Army representative Ed Paulson, he confirmed the message is a scam. It comes from the "Salvation Army National Corp." in Alton, Hampshire, UK and explains the mission and programs of the Salvation Army.