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Tom and Bev Lowe of River Falls made a commitment to horses 50 years ago opening their family-farm acreage for a trail-riding business now named the Kinni Valley Riding Academy. As the business prepares to celebrate a five-decade anniversary, it also transfers ownership to the next generation. The Lowes raised four daughters on their town of Kinnickinnic farm: Carolyn, Elizabeth, Ellen and Margaret. All grew up with horses and started riding at a young age. Three of the four women work with horses as a career. Carolyn Lowe Laurel took ownership of the family business late last year.
The 2010 Synergy Conference invites regional, business and higher education leaders to gather for an event aimed at building a stronger economic region and workforce, promoting entrepreneurship and connecting businesses. The gathering occurs 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Plaza Conference Center, 1202 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. Keynote speakers at the conference offer global and regional economic perspectives. Bill Rubin of the St.
The River Falls Fire Department invites everyone to celebrate with it 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the fire hall, 115 N. Second St. The fall fling marks 125 years of volunteer firefighting in River Falls and takes the place of the department's annual open house held just before National Fire Prevention Week in October. Firefighter Pauline Williams, a 17-year veteran of the department, said it organized the event so that citizens could help celebrate and have some fun.
Jim Farr, the new executive director of the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity, has spent the first few weeks on the job meeting people, getting his head around the most critical current issues, and understanding operations. "I'm getting my feet wet in a lot of different ways," he said. Farr looks forward to what he thinks will be a fun part of his job -- working with and among the community, serving as Habitat's "front person," and educating.
After nine years as a specialist certified to help people who hoard, local woman Ann Gale knows well how a hoarder's mind typically works. Deep down they know there's a problem but usually they remain in denial. Gale offers a free seminar on hoarding at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at the public library. She says the program will benefit "collectors, clutterbugs and hoarders" as well as their loved ones. The seminar will last about two hours. It will not include any refreshments but will include time for questions.
Strong storms moved through Pierce County shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, damaging several homes and downing trees to leave a handful of roads blocked. Julie Stoltenburg was home with her two-week old baby at W 6303 870th St. in the town of Trimbelle when she heard the storm sirens, got nervous and took her daughter to the basement. She called husband Jeff at work, who began making his way home. The couple's toddler son was not home at the time. "I heard a lot of crashing," said Julie about after she went to the basement.
Gilby's Street Department owner Todd Gilbertson said, "It's all about the bikes here." He said most motorcyclists enjoy an event where they can hang around outdoors with their bike and visit with others who enjoy the machines. That's one reason he, Gilby's four employees, and friends hosted a gathering 7:30-10 p.m. Friday and welcomed about 200 guests. The shop plans to hold nine more gatherings like it this spring and summer. Excitement and the smell of brats filled the air as the group prepared for Friday and the first event.
Hope Lutheran Church finalized the deal April 12 with previous owner Arcon Development to buy 8.25 acres along County Road U near the Sterling Ponds subdivision where, someday, it will build a new church. Jeff Rodewald, president of the congregation, said the church's lender -- the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's Mission Investment Fund -- would like for it to pay off the land before building. "Realistically, I think we're probably three years away," Rodewald said about when Hope Lutheran would begin building.
Members of the HeartStrings Suzuki Studio nonprofit Parent Association want everyone to know that it's holding a fundraising barn dance 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at 263 Liberty Road. Tickets will be available at the door: $15 for adults and $10 for children. Association member and dance organizer Kathy Metcalf says the price includes a simple dinner of pulled-pork sandwiches, veggies and chips. "We're keeping it simple," she said. Guests will hear the Rush River Ramblers, a band Metcalf said features fiddling.
The River Falls Community Arts Base holds its annual Spring Art GALA Saturday night (see related sidebar) not only to raise funds and awareness about its organization, but also to celebrate a big birthday. CAB is turning 15. Founding member David Markson said CAB started after a group of locals held a "barnstorming" session, which was community brainstorming held in a barn. He estimated about 50-60 people attended with interest in seeing an arts organization form. He and Danette Olson belonged to the Community Theatre, which started before CAB.