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Important message coming from the police chief

At 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, a recorded phone message from Police Chief Roger Leque will be made to those living in the area of an emergency training drill that will shut down most of East Cascade Avenue from 3-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21. Leque will remind residents that this is training for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical personnel, to avoid the area if possible, and not to be alarmed and call 911.

Leque's message will be made via CityWatch, an emergency phone notification system used by River Falls.

The police chief's message will be sent to those living between Main Street and the Hwy. 65/35 bypass, and East Cascade and East Division Street.

As reported earlier in the Journal, Monday's drill centers on an "active shooter" that occurs at Rodli Commons on the UW-River Falls campus. Officers will converge in tactical gear. There will be simulated gunfire, injured victims and responding emergency vehicles.

A six-block area of East Cascade from Second Street to Wasson Lane will be blocked off to the public.

Residents and motorists are also reminded that next week, starting Monday, a resurfacing project begins on North Main Street between Division and Pine streets. Public access to businesses along that stretch will be maintained. Cars will otherwise be detoured to Second Street.

The resurfacing on North Main Street should be completed by the end of the next week.

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