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Lisa Erickson

May 5, 2017

Old postcards speak volumes

One hundred years ago, people didn’t have iPhones, Instagram or Facebook. The concept of a text message wasn’t even an idea yet. Landline telephones were new and expensive. Most people couldn’t afford them. The main form of communication was through letters, but people also sent short little notes with a picture — postcards.

April 26, 2017

Deaths of celebrities like Prince speak volumes about their fans

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.

April 19, 2017

Community supported agriculture gains popularity in River Falls area

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.

April 11, 2017

Grocery stores changing as customers demand online shopping, convenience

The way people are now grocery shopping is forcing the region’s retailers to try new things.

March 29, 2017

Universities, businesses step in to help students with professionalism

Recent college graduates struggle with professionalism skills, but universities and businesses are working to fill in the gaps.

March 22, 2017

Pets grow in popularity, fueling product sales and academic programs

Pets are making their way into more households across the U.S., including Wisconsin.

March 8, 2017

State’s ag, education leaders worry about effects of Mexican trade war

Wisconsin businesses involved in agriculture agree that a trade war with neighboring countries would hurt the state’s economy.

March 1, 2017

Warmer winter weather results in wildlife getting active sooner

Recent warmer-than-normal winter temperatures are creating a bustle of wildlife activity across Wisconsin. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials say they have been fielding phone calls from residents wondering about what some animals are doing.

February 22, 2017

New bridge over St. Croix River nears completion, could spur growth

Commuters who travel between Minnesota and Wisconsin may have an easier time beginning this summer.

February 15, 2017

Cheese curds from Ellsworth gain popularity outside Wisconsin

Ellsworth is officially the cheese curd capital of Wisconsin, but its name is spreading beyond the state’s borders and may even head overseas.

January 30, 2017

Former River Falls Motel site could become restaurant, apartments

The vacant lot at 1300 S. Main St., south of downtown River Falls, could look very different a year from now.

December 14, 2016

After three decades of serving River Falls, city clerk set to retire

As a young girl growing up in the small town of Windom, Minnesota, Lu Ann Hecht participated in “Office Day” in high school, spending time in the city clerk’s office.