Days Gone By
By: Pat Hunter, Archivist, River Falls Journal
Fourteen-year-old Beau Kusilek of Hudson, grandson of Leroy Kusilek of River Falls, bagged a 212-pound, 10-point buck during season opener. Other hunters reporting success included Vern Colby, Sam Johnson and Mike Robey.
UW-River Falls Geology Professor William Cordua has compiled an index of Wisconsin minerals by county, which was published in the periodical Rocks & Minerals.
Thirteen-year-old Jessica Grant, and her eight-year-old sister, Kelsey, both of Roberts, competed in the American Miniature Horse Show and came home national champions in youth classes.
For just a high school senior Noelle Meyer has been accomplishing much. She recently received first place in the senior division of the Wisconsin Conservation Speaking contest, in July she was named First Princess to Miss River Falls, last month chosen second runner-up of 50 competing in the Pride of America Scholastic Pageant, and in April she was among the top nine competing in the American Legion Oratorical Contest.
Not everyone in River Falls took Thanksgiving Day off. Julie Frederickson prepared five large turkeys to feed about 150 residents at the River Falls Care Center and Mound View apartments; Eric Fisher went deer hunting; Bob Schwalen did some touchup work at the fire hall; RN Betty Speer and Dr. James Beix tended to the sick at the hospital; Officer Carolyn Kelly kept law and order; and Greg Corwin kept the electric lights shining and monitored the police, fire and ambulance calls at the Municipal Power Plant.
Leading scorers returning from last year’s high school hockey team are seniors Brent Bjerstedt and Karyn Bye and junior forward Cody Link. Top defensemen returning are juniors Christian Hoogheem and Jason Anderson and senior Steve Christenson. Team captains are Hanson and Bye, alternate is Brent Bjerstedt.
UW-RF Assistant Professor Ruth Kalms was chosen president of the Mental Health Association in Wisconsin.
Successful hunters this year included Al Westbrook, Bill Hendrickson and Maurice Fern.
Gregg Larson, son of the Norry Larson, had his picture in two different ads plugging snowmobiles in Snow Goer magazine.
The “Beat the Goalie” contest was being sponsored by Pizza Hut for the UW-RF hockey team. At each home game the winner of a drawing could try to win a pizza by scoring a goal from center ice.
It took six Phi Nu Chi pledges two hours and 30 minutes to run the 21-mile distance to radio station KDWB delivering a trophy jug to the station manager. Five of the runners included Tom Murphy, Tony Vignieri, Dave Lundwigson, Bob Johnson and Larry Hanson.
Mary Jo Obermueller was the winner of the guessing contest on how long it would take.
Gridiron awards at WSU-River Falls went to Brian Kreibich, defensive halfback for most valuable player; Tom Carroll as leading tackler; and Tom DeLawyer, offensive MVP.
Mary Bjornson was to exhibit her Hereford summer yearling at the International livestock exhibition in Chicago next month. The steer placed first in the summer yearling class in Eau Claire.
Because the present radar network and planned expansion enabling enemy bombers to be identified before reaching U.S. borders, the Ground Observer Corps was being inactivated.