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The Girl Scout Council of St. Croix Valley (GSCSCV) honored River Falls' Mary-Alice Muraski last Thursday evening with a top award called the Thanks Badge. The award denotes a person's continued dedication to Girl Scouts and ranks as a pretty big deal in the Scouting world. Muraski's done a lot with Girl Scouts.
"I've never felt like I was stuck in," said 87-year old Pauline Sailer. "All I have to do is make that call." Sailer's talking about the River Falls Shared-Ride Taxi Service that started here in 1986. The city subsidizes it to bring affordable taxi service to anyone who needs it. She's lived in River Falls eight years and is glad she picked it for retirement. "There eventually comes a time when you can't drive anymore," Sailer said.
City Council members will vote at the Tuesday, Feb. 14, meeting whether to annex 56 acres south of town. Voting yes would be the first step in the land eventually becoming a big park. The site sits on the south side of County Road FF, about a mile from Hwy.
City Council members decided Tuesday night not to create a law standardizing designs for multi-family homes in River Falls. Voting no: Tom Caflisch, Joleen Larson, Wayne Beebe and Harvey Sternat. Voting yes: Hal Watson and David Cronk. Carol Robinson was absent. Caflisch sparked debate by asking about specific parts and language of the eight-page document that the Plan Commission prepared. It includes everything from parking and pedestrians to architecture and landscaping. He questioned driveways that "should be inconspicuous" and inset garages.
One of River Falls' assistant fire chiefs received this year's Fireman of the Year award at the annual firefighters banquet Saturday, Jan. 14. Past award recipients pick each year's winner. This year the group bestowed the honor on Mike Moody. "That's something that makes it special. It's not an outside group. It's your peers," said Moody. His name goes on one plaque that he keeps and on another that hangs in the fire hall. River Falls' fire department started in 1885. It's been giving a Fireman of the Year award for the past 25 years.
Decisions by the City Council at last week's meeting paved the way to some prime parking spots in downtown River Falls. The city owns the site that used to be the old River Falls Medical Clinic and plans to use it as a permit-required lot until someone wants to buy and redevelop the land. Though the council agreed to create a special-use permit to use the site as a parking lot, it can't sell parking permits just yet. First it must create a law amending the city's official parking control map. Then it must publish the new law in an official newspaper.
From reference books and novels to computer stations and DVDs, the River Falls Public Library has something for everyone. All Wisconsin residents can get a library card free. That little card enables holders to take advantage of lots of educational media and information. Movies and music Many may already know that they can check out movies, both on disk and tape. Library Director Nancy Miller said one day the library will go to all DVDs. For now, it still carries movies on tape but not music cassettes anymore.
Most people don't think much about building permits. Maybe someone who's building a new house or doing a major renovation does. River Falls' two building inspectors, Joe Lenzen and Dave Hovel, think about permits every day. They're the guys who issue them on the city's behalf. They're also the ones responsible for making sure everything gets built right in order to prevent shoddy construction and accidents. Lenzen and Hovel just finished giving a presentation all about 2005 permits to the Plan Commission.
From a quiet corner of River Falls' industrial park, Best Maid Cookie Company cranks out yummy confections that rival Grandma's best efforts. While the company's grown since coming to River Falls in 1996, its focus stays the same, according to co-owner and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Deb Dartsch: Produce high-quality, great-tasting cookies.
"Our market analysis showed nothing else like it in River Falls," said Shari Frisbie about the warehouse and office/condo space now available through Frisbie Properties. Matt and Shari Frisbie, owners of Frisbie Architects on Second Street in River Falls, bought the property last July and plan to divide the 16,000-square foot building into eight spaces.