Falcon News Service

These stories are reported by students enrolled in journalism courses at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Stories may be used by other media provided credit is given to the author and to Falcon News Service.

Healthy Pierce, St. Croix counties are not without issues, say officials

May 3rd, 2017

Both Pierce and St. Croix counties have stayed in the Top 10 of statewide health rankings over the last five-year period. A number of factors go into being a healthy community. River Falls and the surrounding area are working together to ensure the healthiness of residents continues to improve. Sue Galoff, director of public health for Pierce County, said she thinks the challenges community faces now will be the same for the foreseeable future.

Proposal to remove Kinni dams sparks concerns about river ecology

May 3rd, 2017

The potential to remove two dams from the Kinnickinnic River has gotten experts, officials and citizens in River Falls debating about, among other things, the ecological impacts of undergoing such a project. “I would argue, and many would argue,” said Michael Page, president and spokesperson for Friends of the Kinni (FOTK), “that cold-water resources such as a Class 1 trout stream is amongst some of the best habitat that you can possibly have.”

Streaming video service lets UWRF sports fans see games from a distance

May 3rd, 2017

Prior to this year, fans of UW-River Falls athletics had to be at the games to see all of the action. With a new all-access video service, that’s not the case anymore. Through the company SideArm Sports, UWRF is now able to live stream some of its athletic events and broadcast them to audiences who can’t attend the games on campus. SideArm, based in Syracuse, New York, works with hundreds of colleges across the country to provide a channel for sports broadcasts to audiences away from their favorite school.

Deaths of celebrities like Prince speak volumes about their fans

April 26th, 2017

Many fans still mourn the loss of the musician Prince even though a full year has passed since his death. While the face of fan worship may have changed over time, people have been honoring celebrities for many years, according to psychologists. Prince’s unexpected death shocked not only his home state of Minnesota, but the world. “The day after Prince died there were thousands of fans at Paisley Park,” said Matt Clark, a journalism student at UW-River Falls and the music director of WRFW, the campus radio station.

UWRF modifies course evaluation process in effort to up response rate

April 26th, 2017

As the spring semester beings to wrap up, officials with the UW-River Falls Survey Research Center are urging students to complete course evaluations. But in an effort to increase response rates, this semester students will notice a significant change in the process. An end-of-semester tradition, surveys are given through emails to students to anonymously evaluate their experience with university courses and, specifically, the instructors who teach them.

Animal, food science department at UWRF receives top teaching honor

April 23rd, 2017

The annual statewide Regents Award for teaching has been given to the Animal and Food Science Department at UW-River Falls, an honor that recognizes commitment to learning experiences that go beyond the classroom. “For the department, it’s an honor,” said Dale Gallenberg, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. “It’s validation that they’re doing a good job and doing the right things, and doing them well. For the college, for the university, I would say the same thing. It’s an honor to have the department selected.”

Microbrewery aims to fill community-oriented niche in River Falls

April 19th, 2017

Downtown River Falls is home to restaurants, thrift stores, bars — and now a microbrewery. Swinging Bridge Brewing Co. opened its doors March 17. “Our beer, I guess, was a real hit,” said Mike O’Hara, head brewer and taproom manager. “We ended up selling out of the beer we made by the second weekend.” Swinging Bridge Brewing owner Dustin Dodge said he has been searching for the right business to get into and has had many ideas before the idea of a brewery.

UWRF men’s, women’s rugby teams suspended over hazing, other violations

April 19th, 2017

After a long and at times difficult investigation by the Student Conduct & Community Standards office at UW-River Falls, both the men’s and women’s rugby teams have been suspended for the next several years. Under the suspension, the men’s team will be banned from participation for the next four years while the women’s team received a slightly shorter penalty of three years. Both teams are sport clubs overseen by UWRF Campus Recreation. Appeals of the suspensions were denied on April 13.

Community supported agriculture gains popularity in River Falls area

April 19th, 2017

With people caring more about where their food comes from and about helping local farmers, community supported agriculture (CSA) is gaining momentum in the River Falls area. The first CSA farm in Wisconsin started near Milwaukee in 1988. The farms operate by offering shares to a limited number of customers, who agree to pay a fee in exchange for weekly delivery of a box of fresh produce. “This is our sixth year operating as a CSA farm,” said Adam Greeson of Sweet Top Farm in Deer Park, Wisconsin. Greeson moved to Deer Park after renting farm land in River Falls for three years.

Summer music festivals bring variety of artists to western Wisconsin

April 19th, 2017

Music fans in western Wisconsin will have no shortage of music this summer. In recent years, the region has started to fill the summer months with music festivals featuring artists from genres all over the popular music spectrum, including rock and roll, country, metal and folk. Despite a crowded summer market, area festival organizers have managed to bring in national performing acts while drawing large crowds. This year’s festivals are expected to be no different.