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Riley Close knows how to tie about a dozen different knots and gained a lot of other skills during his 13 years in scouting. He earned the Eagle Scout designation this year and held his Court of Honor during July at the UW-River Falls amphitheater. The Court is held because becoming an Eagle Scout is a big deal. Nationwide there were nearly 3 million Cub and Boy Scouts last year. Statistics say that only about 4% of those might make it to Eagle. The Court of Honor celebrates Scouts who've traveled through the ranks. It's all about them, too.
Reis Insurance Agency started the transition June 1 from company-affiliated to independent agency. Self-taught insurance professional and River Falls native Dave Reis bought the Main Street office space and hung his insurance shingle 25 years ago. Back then, he had a few years of experience but no accounts. Now he has 31 years of experience and enough customers to keep busy four full-time staff members. "The number-one reason we decided to become independent is so we can offer customers the best possible package at the best prices," said Reis.
Musician and teacher Chris Silver stays busy. The River Falls-based musician plays gigs, teaches full time at the local high school and spends time with his wife and three children. He's been strumming since he was nine and his musical roots go deep. His grandfather played German folk music on a mandolin - also called fiddle, depending on who you play with - and Silver's dad played spoons and bass guitar. "We always had music at family gatherings," said Silver "I remember hearing trumpets, mandolins, guitars and singing." The St.
About 50 people attended last Thursday morning's River Falls Chamber of Commerce business breakfast that addressed methamphetamine (meth) usage and how it affects the community. Pierce County Investigators Mike Waltz and Bruce VonHaden spoke about meth and different ways to control the problems it causes. River Falls' St. Croix Harley-Davidson, 883 Hwy. 65, sponsored the breakfast. Waltz is a full-time narcotics investigator.
Avid canoeists and trout fishermen already know what a great trip the Kinnickinnic River gives. Kinnickinnic River Land Trust (KRLT) Executive Director Jon Michels does all he can to spread the word, too. "I run out of adjectives for this river," said Michels. "It's peaceful and such a community treasure." Michels recently took this Journal reporter on a guided canoe tour some eight miles down the lower Kinni from the dam at Glen Park to Kinnickinnic State Park to show the river's natural beauty and many charms. He's also leading a field trip at 10 a.m.