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The Kinnickinnic River provides a perfect backdrop of natural beauty for the Community Arts Base's (CAB) annual Art on the Kinni event. It's a popular all-day juried art fair that hit over 3,000 people attending last year. Artists display their work; food vendors offer yummy treats; musicians alternate jam sessions on two different stages while some simply stroll through the crowds; and kids cut loose their creativity at the free children's art tent. And the best part: Admission to the art fair is free, free, free. Amble along the river and see it all from 9 a.m.
Mert Timmerman's friends and family gathered around him Monday at a surprise luncheon in his honor. It wasn't unusual when longtime friend Sen. Sheila Harsdorf asked Timmerman to lunch and brought him to The West Wind Supper Club. Only this time, there were a few dozen people waiting to greet and honor him. "He's a neat man and really sets a good example," said Harsdorf. One friend wished him a happy birthday and several others spoke about what he means to them, praising his outspoken and outgoing nature.
Teachers at River Falls' private schools have been busily planning, preparing and putting their classrooms in order. What changes are in store for students? What does each school offer? Here's the scoop: Good Shepherd Christian Academy Administrator/Principal/Teacher Jennifer Beierman said the biggest change at Good Shepherd Christian Academy is that the school will become independent of Abundant Life Church, which is next door. "Now the school will be run by a parent board and not attached to the church at all," said Beierman.
Glenda Zielski moved to the River Falls area when her husband Dennis Zielski got a job as a special education teacher in Ellsworth. "I told him I'd stay a year," said Glenda. That was 31 years ago. Zielski retires this week from her job as WelLHaven Senior Apartments administrator. She began her social-work career as an assistant at River Falls' Lutheran Home Campus and earned a promotion to campus administrator by age 26.
After 31 years in Ellsworth, Health Centered Dentistry is moving to River Falls in December. Dr. John Laughlin (pronounced lock-lin) and his staff helped break ground at the new building site last week Tuesday. Ross & Associates of River Falls and Grube Architects of Stillwater, Minn., have finished the major parts of design, and construction will begin within weeks. The new location is near the River Falls Town Hall, east of Hwy. 65 at 902nd St.
The Plan Commission decided last Tuesday night not to recommend that City Council make an early neighborhood notification (ENN) law. Planning Director Buddy Lucero said he and his staff drafted the law in response to citizen concerns heard during the city's comprehensive planning process.
Doctors said Chris Radke wouldn't live long. Born 33 years ago in January, his parents Pat and Robert Radke didn't take him home until nearly Thanksgiving. His condition puzzled River Falls medical staff, so the Radkes took their firstborn to a specialist. Chris had a rare disease - osteogenesis imperfecta congenita, also called brittle bone disease. It meant he'd be in constant danger of fracturing bones and wouldn't grow normally.
Outside the boxing ring, it's not often you see two men beating the pulp out of each other. But that's what I saw on my way home from work last Monday afternoon. I was beyond tired. We had moved into a new house during the weekend, and I had only slept about three hours the night before. I wasn't very alert after the end of the workday and my approach to the stop sign at Whitetail Boulevard and Hwy. 35N. At first I barely noticed two men on foot to the side of the highway. As I waited for the car ahead of me to enter traffic, I realized the men were punching each other.
Citizens crowded City Hall at Tuesday's City Council meeting to discuss the crosswalk at North Main and Union streets when an elderly woman was killed last month. "There's an old saying that you can't fight City Hall," said Ann McAlpine, executive director of the River Falls Housing Authority. "But this isn't a fight. We hope to start dialogue and prompt a response to a tragic situation.
Pierce County Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen issued a warning about two men who posed as electric-company workers to get into a pair of rural homes. The scammers evidently stole $420 from a home in Hager City while the elderly couple were away. The men are said to approach homeowners in a friendly manner then casually ask when people wouldn't be home. The chatty pair said they needed to know so they could "trim trees and/or check voltage" without disturbing anyone.