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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Ken Phillips was sitting down, watching "America's Got Talent" the evening of June 20, when he heard someone pounding on his door. When he answered it, he found his new neighbor's young daughter asking for his help. There was a fire. He told the girl and her mom to get out of the building. "I'll go in, do what I gotta do and put it out," he said. The fire had started in a pan of chicken the neighbor had been frying on the stove.
Chelsea Fiedler grew up in River Falls. Now she is hoping to give back to the community through her new job as executive director of Have a Heart, Inc. "What I'm looking to do is have more community involvement," she said. "Make sure that the community knows we're here, that we're looking to help, that we're looking to better the River Falls community, in our own way." Her mission is to add services that will better the lives of River Falls and St. Croix Valley area residents.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Office has issued a media release warning citizens of phone scams in the area. According to the release: "In recent citizen reports, the scammer claims to be from the IRS and says that two certified letters have been sent to the taxpayer in the mail but returned as undeliverable. The scam artist then threatens to arrest the victim ifa payment is not made through a prepaid debit card. "Please remember that the first contact you receive from the IRS will not be through a random, threatening phone call."
PRESCOTT—Prescott High School's Class of 2017 let their caps fly after commencement exercises Saturday, May 27. The class motto was "Finished, yet just begun." Speakers included Principal David Vortherms, co-valedictorians Kaylee Backes and Dillon Kimmen and Superintendent Dr. Rick Spicuzza.
Many people brought items to River Falls' Spring Cleanup event May 8-13. But town of Martell resident Dana Pruitt had a different mission. He was at the cleanup every day to pick up items. Pruitt collects used cribs to fix up and donate to people in need. It all started about five years ago. Pruitt had heard from We Do Feet in Hudson, which collects and distributes furniture for people in need, that they weren't able to take cribs that weren't up to code. "They can't fix them," he said. "So I've been, since then, fixing cribs up for them."
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
Many people gathered at the St. Bridget School playground for the sixth annual Take Back the Night rally and March Thursday evening, April 21. Visitors could stop at various booths all aimed at spreading awareness of sexual assault. The St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), and Turningpoint For Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence were two of the groups present at the rally and march. The event finished with a candlelight vigil.
A group of Meyer Middle School students are getting ready to lend a helping "paw" to UW-River Falls students in ADEPT (Assistance Dog Educational Program and Training), formerly known as the Service Dog Training Program. The kids are part of the middle school Lego League robotics team. One of the requirements for the competition they in which they competed was to do a project that helped the community in some way related to the year's theme, said coach Jeremy Odegard. This year's theme was "animal allies."
Starting Dec. 5, those driving through the south side of River Falls likely noticed a change in the view. Workers began taking down the River Falls Motel Monday and Tuesday...