Days Gone By
By: Pat Hunter, Archivist, River Falls Journal
First it was ShopKo. Then a new Sears store followed by McDonald’s. Now a new Amoco Food shop is going up. And soon, if Rodney Lindquist has his way, ground will be broken for a 46-room hotel called Country Inn & Suites by Carlson.
Wildcat football kicked off the season with team captains Jeff Grant, Eric Page, Ryan Melin and Steve Lenzen ready to lead the team.
For the third straight year 20 local citizens have a chance to see how their police department operates by attending Citizens Police Academy for eight weeks. Those attending will learn about various laws, arrest procedures, search-and-seizures, fingerprinting, police dog and firearm demonstrations, traffic accidents, crowd control and police ethics.
State Trooper Bill Traynor was happy to be assigned the new Ford Mustang squad car to perform his police duties.
Stan Wymer and Bud Phillips were donating their time entertaining residents of the Kinnic Home with their music.
Nurse practitioner Beth Shockey-Woll started her position at the River Falls Medical Clinic here.
A self-help support group for battered women was being formed in River Falls.
Navy Operations Specialist Seaman Apprentice Scott W. Pechacek left for duty in Japan.
The population of the city of River Falls was estimated at 8,074.
River Falls businessman Don Matzek won the golf club championship.
Analu Jurgens spent the summer enrolled at the University of the Americas in Mexico City, Mexico, studying intercultural and international education.
Grocery specials included 20-lb. bag of charcoal $98 cents, home grown sweet corn 25 cents/dozen, turkeys 29 cents/lb.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Murphy and Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Moniken celebrated their golden wedding anniversaries.
The college was installing a new trailer court at the end of Sycamore Street.
School lunches were 25 cents at the high school and 20 cents for elementary pupils.
The State Motor Vehicle Department was replacing missing or damaged license plates free of charge.
The dean’s office announced there was an acute shortage of small apartments or housekeeping rooms for married veteran students.
Joe “Lefty” O’Brien was itching for the Delta CCC camp in northern Wisconsin.
Songster Tobia Foss took first in the amateur contest staged in Main Street Park; Lorraine Gelo took second with her tap dance routine. The contests were held Wednesday evenings with local business folks contributing cash prizes.
A ladies bowling league was formed with Mary McLaughlin, Lucille Phillipps, Dora Collins, Mae Kalk and Blanche Collins being some of the members.