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Okello Kelo Sam just wrapped up a month long visit to RIver Falls--a trip he's made for 21 years. He was once a child solider in Uganda but now runs an orphanage and school for children who have also been traumatized by Uganda's many wars. Sam says River Falls is his second home. See the full story in the River Falls Journal May 19 print edition.
Dalene Crandall of River Falls has been a fixture in the local real estate business for decades. But she’s hanging up the jacket and kicking off her high heels for retirement. At 66 years old, she says she’s ready. “New chapters are the most exciting,” Crandall said about retirement. “I have my health and will be golfing a lot. I want to go to my lake home, and I want to travel. I want to spend time with my kids and my grandkids. I go to their games and activities. They are the light of my life.” Crandall has been selling and finding homes for people for over 30 years.
It takes a hearty soul to live through a typical Wisconsin winter. It takes an even heartier grape to lie dormant through months of snow and cold and bloom again in the spring. Brian Smith, UW-River Falls professor of horticulture, is working on a new variety of grapes that will do just that. Recently he got a large grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will keep his research going. The grapes we eat now come from warm climates -- California in the summer and early fall; South America from October to June.
When the Minnesota Wild hockey team comes out on the ice before games to warm up, the singer for the National Anthem warms up too. Just not the same way. River Falls native James Bohn has been singing the anthem before every Wild home hockey game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul for the last five seasons. “For the anthem, I usually sing through it in the shower and in the car on the way to the arena,” Bohn said. He explained that the NHL is the only professional sport that hires its very own anthem singer.
Fabreann Buffinton has been teaching special education for 20 years in various school districts in the area. During that time she’d get frustrated. After working with the students, they seem to leave school with little hope for future success. Not anymore. Buffington was hired by the River Falls School District to run a program called Project SEARCH. This program’s for disabled young adults ages 18-24. It gives them hands-on, real-world job experience interning at the River Falls Area Hospital. “I love this program. It’s such a progressive program,” Buffington said.
Hannah Dyke believed she was going to die. “My vision changed,” 19-year-old Dyke remembers. “I could feel my heart slow down. My breathing was shallow and slow. I was really...
They say opposites attract. Amy Muzzy of rural River Falls thinks her wild burro, Irene, and her hounddog, Kuba, are one such pair. Muzzy writes about this unlikely duo in her new children’s book, “KubaNo: the donkey whisperer.” Her adventure with these four-legged friends actually began with a goat. Muzzy was working at the Minnesota Zoo in the farm animal exhibit. She got a call one night from one of her coworkers. “He told me I had better be at the slaughterhouse right away in the morning because the zoo was getting rid of the goats,” Muzzy said.
When Simon Shepherd recently came home to River Falls, he was back to his roots. But most of the time, his mind is focused on phenomena that happen far above...
With a statewide initiative to promote the dairy industry in June, Pierce County will try to do its part by hosting a Dairy Breakfast on the farm Saturday, June 20. This year’s host for the breakfast is Peterson Family Dairy, two miles southwest of River Falls on Hwy. 29.
The names of the two pedestrians hit by Ford F-250 pickup at Cascade Avenue and South Fourth Street in River Falls Thursday afternoon have been released. Elizabeth Dekker, 29, and...