River Falls Journal Newsroom
The St. Croix Valley Bird Club's ninth annual "Wings of Spring" bird festival flies into River Falls 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. This family-friendly, informative event reflects the club's mission, via education and exposure, to encourage interest in birds and to promote habitat conservation and restoration efforts. "Wings of Spring" will take place at City Hall (222 Lewis St.) and along the White Kinnickinnic Pathway, rain or shine.
Work commutes can seem mundane, like a hamster running on a spinning wheel. It's the exact same trip over and over until the landscape surroundings achromatize into a secular strip of concrete. Many times the only noticeable scenery change in front of us is the rusted car with an aggressive bumper sticker from the Carter administration. However, safe glances to the right or left on the very same commute can polarize your palate of perception.
Kevin Hines was 19 years old in 2000 when he tried to commit suicide. Hines took the bus to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, stepped off, and just like that, ran to the railing and jumped over. Hines said the second his hands left the railing he knew he made a mistake. In three more seconds, Hines traveled 240 feet and hit the water at 75 mph, crushing his vertebrae and ankle. Over 1,700 people have attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge; 25 have survived.
A team of students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls took first place in the National Forage Bowl competition held in conjunction with the 75th Annual Conference of the American Forage and Grassland Council in St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 6-9.
Join Pierce County-River Falls Relay For Life at the Relay Team Captain Meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the River Falls High School media room. There will be a question and answer session, idea sharing, and Relay updates. Participants are asked to sign their teams up online by visiting www.relayforlife.org/riverfallswi and clicking the purple "Join this Relay" button in the upper right-hand corner.
A town of Troy home was heavily damaged by fire Thursday, Nov. 15. Firefighters dispatched at about 6:45 p.m., after a passer-by reported flames coming out of the front door of the house at 5 County Road U (Mann Lane). According to a city of River Falls news release, 23 River Falls firefighters responded with a squad, two engines, a brush unit and two water tenders. Hudson Fire also responded to provide additional water.
This month, sites in the area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.
River Falls Community Theatre's production of "Steel Magnolias" is described as a "beautiful community play that is for the community, by the community," according to Community Theatre representatives. River Falls-raised director Brian Erdrich said he is thrilled to bring such a charming production to his hometown.
Arrest warrants • At 2 p.m. Sept. 18, police were informed that Dante K Barbee, 19, River Falls, might come to the department to turn himself in for a Department of Corrections warrant. A Pierce County probation agent had contacted Barbee and advised him to turn himself in. At about 2:24 p.m., Dante came into the lobby asking to speak with an officer. Barbee was placed in an interview room; police y confirmed the warrant and read Barbee his rights.
Craigslist gone wrong A Craigslist sale soured when a person allegedly threatened another person through a phone call and text messages over an item for sale on the site at N6386 1317th St. in Prescott at 9:05 a.m. Sept. 22. An officer took a complaint on the situation, according to a blotter report. Grand(son) theft auto