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Dave Hovel, while shown hatless, wears one hat for his job at River Falls City Hall and another hat when he goes home to Prescott. He says he “feels at home” wearing either hat. (River Falls Journal photo by Phil Pfuehler)

No need to use the “m” word, he’s ‘still just Dave’

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River Falls has another mayor in its midst: Dave Hovel, city building inspector who beat the incumbent (717-572) in last month’s election to become mayor of Prescott.


Hovel said he admires River Falls Mayor Dan Toland’s easygoing, down-to-earth ways.

“Someone greeted him as mayor and he said, ‘Don’t call me mayor, my name is Dan,’” Hovel said. “That’s me, too. Don’t look at the title. I’m still just Dave.”

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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