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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The Copper Kettle was the clear winner of this year's Burger Battle, according to Craig Hofland, one of the organizers, and Teri-Gene Conlan of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Copper Kettle owner/operator Ted Leier said it feels good to win. "We've got a great staff," he said. "And this kinda shows everything that we're doing." Leier said the winning burger was a good product for a good cause —one that he's glad Copper Kettle could be a part of.
Jasmine Estey joined the Meyer Middle School girls' basketball team in October. She almost wasn't able to play basketball, said her mom, Melissa Hejl. Sometimes, Hejl said, she wondered how things would have gone if Estey hadn't joined the team. "They're the biggest supporters that she's got," Hejl said. Estey was diagnosed with osteosarcoma early this year. Around Christmastime, Estey's coach Chantele Torrez said Estey started complaining of hip and leg pain. At first, Torrez thought it was a basketball injury.
Plans are progressing steadily for the new Spring Valley Elementary School building, as the Spring Valley School Board heard during its Monday, June 3 meeting. "We just keep moving along," said District Superintendent Dr. Don Haack in a later interview, "and keeping the board up to date, and making sure everyone's on the same page."
Engines roared and crowds cheered for the 13th annual Showdown in Curd Town NTPA Tractor and Truck Pull on Saturday, June 8 at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth. The event is a fundraiser for the Ellsworth FFA Alumni, who use proceeds to help fund the Ellsworth FFA Chapter. Funds are used to help members attend leadership activities and support the club's endeavors.
A group of women dressed in large hats decked with flowers and ribbons, and long sashes spoke before the River Falls City Council during the public comment section of the council's regular meeting Tuesday, May 28. The group, lead by Lorraine Davis of the River Falls American Association of University Women (AAUW), had decked themselves out in the regalia of suffragettes in the year 1919, when the United States ratified the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
When she was looking for a new house about three years ago, Carole Mottaz told Randy Cudd she wanted a historic home between Third and Sixth streets and Elm and Division streets. She also wanted the home to be one story, or to have the capacity to be one story. Mottaz ended up buying a bric, two-story farmhouse at 403 Division St. with her husband Larry Page. She said the "feel" of the house made it perfect. "This house really does speak to me," Mottaz said. "I love this house. I feel like it's a privilege to own it."
Arnold Roen sat in the front row at the River Falls Memorial Day Program this year, held in the Meyer Middle School gym due to rain. He sat on a folding chair with his wife, and one of his daughters on bleachers nearby, for the program. Known by most as "Arnie," Roen said in a separate interview that Memorial Day is especially important to him as he served for three years and three months during World War II. WWII
Spring Valley High School celebrated the class of 2019's graduation Saturday, May 25. The ceremony included musical selections by the high school band and chorus, as well as the senior band and chorus. Speakers included salutatorian Lauren Peabody and valedictorians Dylan Bosshart and Madison Maier. Senior Class President Braden DuMond announced the names of scholarship recipients. Principal Gretchen Cipriano presented the class of 2019.
The Spring Valley School Board is moving forward with plans to build a new elementary school on the Middle/High School campus, and to tear down the old building. At its Monday, May 6 meeting, the school board heard presentations from SDS Architects and Market & Johnson Construction on the next steps for the new school, as well as a detailed report of how the planning and eventual construction process will progress. The board also heard a presentation from Lisa Voisin of Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird) regarding financing for the project.
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.