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JUNE 13, 1996

Headline of the week: "Cascade Court residents get what they want..."

After aldermen and city administrators gathered, along with almost 20 neighbors, to watch a fire engine turn around on the road, it was agreed that Cascade Court residents would get a new water main, a 24-foot paved road, but no cul-de-sac.

Joseph and Grace Dusek celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at Bud's Lanes.

A "3-bdrm. house, 31' from woods, beautiful Golf View Addition, 17-ft. stone fireplace, ceramic tile, vaulted ceiling, skylights, main floor bedroom and laundry" was listed at $159,900 by owner.

Grocery specials included rib eye steaks at $4.99/lb., beef cube steaks, $1.89/lb., red or green grapes, 99 cents/lb., and orange juice, $1.69.


JUNE 12, 1986

Headline of the week: "Oleson has 600th dialysis at home."

Lyle Oleson was "hooked up" and has gone through the four-hour blood cleansing process 600 times. That is not counting the times he went for treatment at Rochester before the home dialysis was started in early 1982. His home nurse, who is also his wife Margaret, went through a training program so she could monitor the complicated and delicate process.

After a highly emotional battle, Gov. Tony Earl officially signed the age 21 drinking bill in Hudson this past week. Local tavern and liquor store owners were worried about how this would affect their businesses.

Kelly Grotenhuis was crowned Jr. Miss Roberts and Chris Johnson Miss Roberts 1986; and Gene Hanson was awarded Good Neighbor of Roberts.

On sale at Wolf Auto was a 1986 Chrysler Laser, 2 dr., 4 cyl., turbo, 5-spd., AM-FM stereo, sunroof, and only 64,000 miles for $9,595.

Mark Jenkins and Tim Vorwald placed first in each of their weight classes in bench press competition in Red Wing.


JUNE 10, 1976

Headline of the week: "Cut down on electricity use or pay heavy 'demand' penalty, city utility warns."

Air conditioners seemed to be the big problem, and the River Falls Chamber had discussions on setting up guidelines for members to use to save energy during crucial peak periods.

A twister destroyed a dairy barn on the Arthur Licht dairy farm and uprooted trees in the area.

Mark Ritzinger, son of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Ritzinger of 714 South Fork Drive, earned a Degree of Optometry summa cum laude. Plans were to enter practice with his father in River Falls.

The Al Norlanders celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary, Melvin Overbyes their 50th, Melvin Fiedlers their 40th and Gene Mulhollams their 25th.


JUNE 9, 1966

City Attorney Les Gaylord asked the city to buy the police department a motion picture sound camera and projector to be used primarily for getting evidence in drunken driving cases.

Nine-year school board member E. S. Davison was honored at the high school graduation exercises because it was the 50th anniversary of his own graduation.

Airman Second Class Carl J. Olsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Olsen, qualified for small arms marksmanship in Japan, to wear the U.S. Air Force small arms expert marksmanship ribbon.

Some of the Johnnie's Bar softball team included Jerry Rose, Guy Smith (manager), Bob Halverson, Lynn Nelson (batboy), Dean Bergseng, Tom Sempf, Bill Helmer, Carl Guise and John Lauber.


JUNE 7, 1956

Headline of the week: "New city dump ground site."

As of midnight, June 8, the present public dump will be closed and the new dump site, located on the Emil Cernohous farm, will be open June 9. The new dump site was located on County Road FF, off Hwy. 29.

Because of continually rising costs, reflected in paper increases, wage hikes, postage increases, etc., the Journal was raising its yearly subscription rate from $2.50 to $3, two years for $5.


JUNE 13, 1946

The Concord Fence Company on the Kinnickinnic near the power plant started making picket fences out of red cedar lumber from a pattern that N. T. MacKenzie, owner of the company, invented and patented.

The historical power plant and flowage rights of the upper dam by the Kinnickinnic were sold by Equity Elevator to Stephen Rauchwarter and Son of St. Paul who planned to build a new building and replace the dam. It may be used to manufacture artificial ice and possible a chemical for commercial sale.

Alt-Brau was the featured beer at The Silver Dome Café in River Falls.


JUNE 10, 1936

The City Council decided to move the City Hospital from its present location on Second Street to the Everett Fuller residence on the corner of Third and Walnut Streets.

River Falls residents could now take advantage of the air mail route between the Twin Cities and Chicago. Rates varied between 10 and 25 cents depending on destination.

High winds caused dust storms here so bad that people could barely see the sun. One farmer said, "It swept off everything from the farm but the mortgage."

Emil Bjerstedt and Warren Knowles, Jr., bagged eight snakes in Mann Valley, the biggest of which had 15 rattles.


JUNE 8, 1876

"The authorities are building our village calaboose (jail) between Griffin's Blacksmith Shop and the Maple Street Bridge. It will be 16x20, and we trust, a quiet, comfortable resting place for our police guests."