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Reporting road starts, ends in River Falls

The adage “time flies when you’re having fun” rings true for me as I wrap up eight years of reporting in River Falls.

River Falls Journal, 06/07/2013

Second council seat opens outside election season

River Falls begins anew the process of filling an open seat on the City Council -- for the second time since the early April elections.

River Falls Journal, 05/31/2013

City denies new liquor license

The City Council voted 3-2 at its meeting Tuesday against granting a reserve liquor license to Hernandez Entertainment, LLC, which wants to open Friends Bar & Grill at 1107 S. Wasson Ln., a location familiar to many locals as “the old PRs place.”

River Falls Journal, 05/30/2013

Pushing toward positive: Planned playground honors Schaffhausen girls

Commenting about the plan to develop a special playground honoring the memory of her three late daughters, Jessica Schaffhausen said she’d like to see the focus on Amara, Sophie and Cecilia – and more so on how they lived than how they died.

River Falls Journal, 05/24/2013

Leadership group cultivates literacy

The 12-member Chamber of Commerce-sponsored group Leadership River Falls got busy Thursday, May 16, building for its civic-service project and installing River Falls’ third Little Free Library at the Eco Village being developed by the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity.

River Falls Journal, 05/23/2013

Legion honors veterans on behalf of grateful nation

An honor celebration held May 15 at Kinnic Health and Rehab spotlighted the service of seven veterans living there. Each received a certificate of appreciation and a lapel pin that says: “A grateful nation thanks you, USA veteran.”

River Falls Journal, 05/22/2013

Veteran volunteer advocates troop support

River Falls resident and 21-year military veteran Bret VanBlaircom visited the April 23 City Council meeting to offer thanks to the city for signing a statement of support for troops and give information about his new role in the community. People may see him around town, paying visits to businesses and other types of employers.

River Falls Journal, 05/20/2013

Golf course goes public, continues upgrades

The River Falls Golf Course on County Road M opens the season for the first time as a public golf course, having shed its semi-private club status plus made other improvements during the long winter.

River Falls Journal, 05/17/2013

Local man continues crib-recycling work

Longtime River Falls resident Dana Pruitt introduced a new non-profit concept last spring in which he collects used baby items to recycle, refurbish and/or rebuild then donate to places that need them, such as the local emergency shelter Our Neighbors’ Place and the local domestic abuse shelter Turningpoint.

River Falls Journal, 05/10/2013

New owner buys Riverview Hotel

Mitesh “Mit” Shah confirmed last week that he’s bought the Riverview Hotel & Suites, 100 Spring St., and plans to make improvements during the next two or three months.

River Falls Journal, 05/10/2013

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