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Melissa Thorud

Melissa Thorud

Melissa Thorud is editor of the Student Voice.

February 2, 2021

House explosion in River Falls blocks from Falcon Center

On the evening of Feb. 1 there was a house explosion in the 400 block of River Hills Road. The cause of the explosion is still being investigated, but the city of River Falls stated that it does “not appear to be criminal.” 

December 15, 2020

UWRF community mourns death of philosophy professor 

Professor of Philosophy Imtiaz Moosa died on Saturday, Dec. 12. Moosa was hospitalized at Abbott Northwestern Medical Center in Minneapolis for a stroke on Monday, Dec. 7.

November 13, 2020

UW-River Falls announces that all classes move online after Thanksgiving break

UW-River Falls chancellor Constance Foster announced that all classes will move to remote instruction following Thanksgiving break. This decision was made due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in both Pierce and St.Croix counties. 

November 2, 2020

UW-River Falls cancels spring break due to COVID-19

UW-River Falls announces that spring break in 2021 will be cancelled. Faculty senate vote in favor of the cancellation and follows actions of other UW-System campuses. The cancelation is in effort to limit travel home during the semester to slow the spread of COVID-19. The last day of classes for the 2021 spring semester will be April 30. 

October 1, 2020

UWRF lifts shelter in place order and resumes hybrid classes

As of Monday, Oct. 3 the shelter in place order on campus at UW-River Falls will be complete. Interim Chancellor Connie Foster explained the next steps that will be taken in an email to students on Tuesday, Sept. 29. “ These efforts have allowed us to slow the spread of COVID-19 and our indicators are showing positivity rates at a much more manageable level,” said Foster. 

March 12, 2020

Coronavirus leads to class suspensions and alternative classroom methods

UWRF has made the decision Wednesday night to cancel all in-person classes until March 30. In an email sent from the chancellor to the campus community, Dean Van Galen wrote that the main priority is safety on campus.

March 11, 2020

Faculty free time: Horticulture professor has passion for plants

David Zlesak is a professor of horticulture at UW-River Falls and has been teaching plant science at the university for 11 years. Before teaching at UWRF, Zlesak was involved in some research at the University of Minnesota as an extension and worked with grower groups, industry members and master gardener volunteers. Zlesak is also an alumnus of UWRF and graduated with a degree in horticulture in 1993.

February 12, 2020

CBD interest grows among the U.S population

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been growing rapidly nationwide, especially in recent months. The product is legal in a majority of states and is picking up interest rapidly. In River Falls, a new CBD store has opened called American Shaman CBD. Puff Puff Glass, a local tobacco shop has started carrying the product as well.

February 12, 2020

UWRF student accounts compromised during J-term phishing attack

A phishing email was sent to UW-River Falls students during the month of January that closely resembled a UWRF login page. The email was sent to about 2,000 student accounts and 468 student accounts were compromised.

December 11, 2019

University Center Committee to offer a way for student feedback

The UW-River Falls Student Senate has revived a committee that will allow students a way to give input on operations of the University Center.