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Author archive: Sophia Koch

October 18, 2017

‘Green fund’ advocates planning new campaign to raise awareness and fees

The space in 14B North Hall is officially the custodial services office for UW-River Falls, but it makes for a decent meeting room in a pinch. A group of five committee members were gathered around a table in the smallish basement room Tuesday evening, surrounded by shelves filled with organizational binders and windowsills cluttered with potted plants.

October 11, 2017

‘Rick and Morty’ goes beyond the brand of entertainment to explore societal issues

Entertainment isn’t always simply about entertaining people.

October 11, 2017

Water Bar art installation features clean local liquid — for now

Drinking water gets plenty of attention when it’s suddenly not available. Puerto Rico is in the news as it struggles to restore clean drinking water to its residents in the wake of Hurricane Maria, and officials from Flint, Michigan, are still facing legal backlash after the incident in 2016 where over 100,000 residents were exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water.

September 27, 2017

Kinni Corridor Project reaches midsteam point, seeking public input

The  sound of children laughing was distantly audible over the roar of the Kinnickinnic River as the water rushed over the upper dam near River Falls’ Glen Park. Near the base of the dam, a group of younger kids that had stayed behind sat with their parents while the older kids wandered up the South Fork of the Kinni towards the Swinging Bridge.

September 20, 2017

New personal e-alarms can enhance safety, even at UWRF, chief says

Miranda Haack is an elementary education major in her junior year at UW-River Falls, and she said that she carries a whistle at all times and often travels with others who carry pepper spray.

May 3, 2017

Proposal to remove Kinni dams sparks concerns about river ecology

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.

April 24, 2017

Animal and Food Science Department at UWRF receives top teaching honor

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.

April 10, 2017

UWRF Campus Farm gets updates to improve classroom experience

The UW-River Falls Campus Farm is undergoing renovations that will make it more usable as a classroom, while also preparing the way for more extensive changes down the road.

April 5, 2017

UWRF study abroad trip explores sustainability of Irish farming

A new study abroad option being offered at UW-River Falls gives students an opportunity to explore sustainable animal production in other countries while traveling around Ireland.

March 28, 2017

UWRF farm tries purebreds in effort to stop outbreak of swine disease

The Mann Valley Farm at UW-River Falls is raising a new genetic line of pigs after it was hit last year with a disease called Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).