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At left, Fran Shaffner settles aboard a River Falls Shared-Ride Taxi Service cab with help from driver Carolyn Brezina to go from the pool at the River Falls Country Inn to her downtown home. On the right, blind resident Paco Grande often takes a taxi to go exercise at Snap Fitness on the south end of town near where he lives. Many regular riders get to know the taxi drivers well, like 'cab captain' Gordy Guptil shown helping Grande get to the door during last week's cold, slushy weather. Debbie...

Riders hold thumbs up for local taxi

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Some of its patrons call the River Falls Shared-Ride Taxi Service the best-kept secret in town.

A visit to its office last Friday revealed a bustling little hub where the juggling dispatcher calls to cabs and answers the phone several times a minute: "Taxi."


One rider has a clinic appointment, and one needs a ride back from a haircut.

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