Days Gone By:
10 YEARS AGO, APRIL 8, 2004
In local business news: A resale shop, Treasures From the Heart, was expanding into the old Dollar Express store on the corner of Main and Walnut Streets; Financial advisor Erin Tomlinson was moving her Raymond James services from 108 E. Elm St., to the former Pillows and Things shop at 119 S. Main Street; local developers Chris Kusilek and Mark Sylla are working on their property at the corner of Highways 29 and 65, getting it ready to sell, possibly for a gas station/convenience store; Jeff Husby set up a new Allstate Insurance office at 111 E. Elm St.; and S&C Bank at 1150 N. Main Street invited the community to stop in and see their new building.
Grocery specials included frozen turkeys at 69 cents/lb.; celery 89 cents/each; granulated sugar $1.29/4 lbs.; Jello-O gelatin 3 boxes/$1; whipping cream 99 cents/16 oz.; and Easter bunny cookies $2.49/dozen.
20 YEARS AGO, APRIL 7, 1994
Zoe Rossing, junior at the high school here, recently spent eight weeks as a Senate page in Washington, D.C. for Sen. Herbert Kohl. She said she went there with the idea that politics was a corrupt thing and politicians were in it only for the prestige… but she’s since change her stance, feeling that most of the senators seem to have genuine convictions and moral causes they feel are important.
The Flips, a gymnastics team made up of girls between the ages of 8 and 14, coached by Jean Tronnier, won the Division 6 championship. Flips members included Emily Driscoll, Sara Ehlers, Kati Hale, Christy McKew, Emily Schwartz, Juliet Sokol, Sabrina Voglund, Laura Foster and Kate Mulvey.
An anti-nuclear fundraiser was set to be held at Johnnie’s Bar on Main Street with speakers from Greenpeace and other group scheduled to attend.
30 YEARS AGO, APRIL 5, 1984
With a turnout of 29.8%, city voters elected June Cicero the first female municipal judge; Jerry Wilkens, currently first district alderman, was elected mayor; and Duane Pederson won his 4th District aldermanic race.
Sophomore Craig Peterson, son of Larry and Barb, earned his Eagle Scout award by designing and installing a needed scoreboard at Hoffman Field.
There were now three ladies aged 100 at River Falls Care Center — Anna Gutz, her older sister, Clara Davis, and friend Gertrude Calhoun.
Nathan and Seth Belz brought one of their four-day-old goats to visit classes at Greenwood School.
40 YEARS AGO, APRIL 4, 1974
Three local girls placed high in state bowling competition — Debbie Meyer, Denise Hoffman and Mindy Meyer.
A charity basketball game between Packer and Viking players inspired two groups of local women to form opposing cheering squads — Natalie Kusilek Donna Carter, Rene Brecht and Lucy Smith for the Packers and Diane Crosby, Pat Kahut, Sandy Tyler and Judy Isaakson for the Vikings.
Harry “Duke” Deal was named fire chief of the city fire department with Butch Kahut first assistant chief; Loyd Ostness second assistance chief; Jim Killian, treasurer; Pam Petricka, secretary; and Ted Nicholson, tillerman.
50 YEARS AGO, APRIL 2, 1964
Former River Fallsites — The Art Foster and Robert C. Black families were unhurt and their property not damaged when an earthquake hit in Alaska, but Mrs. Violet Engebreth had considerable damage to buildings, including one that sank into a crevasse.
The oldest hardware store in town, Alton Hardware, formerly Dodge Hardware, was going out of business. Dodge Hardware was started in 1855 and handed down from grandfather to son to grandson Ev Dodge until nine years ago when sold to Tom Alton. It was expected a Montgomery Ward catalog store would be housed in the building (In 2014 it is housing Second Star, a consignment store.)