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River Falls police dragnet seeks to contain bovine escapees

While not considered armed and dangerous, police officers had their hands full for two hours Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, after two stray cows were spotted at DeSanctis Park. The heifer and calf apparently came from the Paul Haskins farm just west of the city. When officers got to the park, the cow suspects had hoofed on.

They ambled south on Grove Street, past the city compost site and school bus garage before ending up by a fence at the old power plant overlooking the South Fork River.

Efforts to herd them into a UW-River Falls lab farm horse trailer proved fruitless. The pair of cows wanted their freedom and the odyssey continued.

Police, using squad cars, tried to hem the cows in so they wouldn't cause a traffic accident. Members of the Haskins family even assisted on horseback.

One police sergeant on duty said the procession drew a hearty crowd of onlookers who seemed to relish the Sunday afternoon spectacle.

The heifer and calf eventually split up as they drifted past Westside Elementary School, the under-construction Eco-Village and Faith Lutheran Church.

Officers lost sight of them in the Dry Run Road area of St. Croix County as they moved in the general direction of the farm where they belonged. This occurred at 4:30 p.m. as daylight was giving way to darkness

Police also:

--Arrested a 51-year-old Hudson man for drunk driving-5th offense at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. The man had tried to order a burger and fries in the drive-thru lane at Dairy Queen but he was confused and couldn't pay correctly. Finally he just paid for the burger but then blocked an entry lane to Dairy Queen with his truck. Police found him parked illegally in the lot by Pizza Hut. The man said he wasn't drinking but wanted pizza. He said he had dyslexia and dementia and couldn't recall being at Dairy Queen. In the end the man was brought to the hospital for a blood sample and then taken to county jail in Ellsworth. A conviction for this latest drunk driving incident would be a felony.

--Are investigating the theft of a slew of valuable rings from a house in the 500 block of High Ridge Road recently. The silver and gold rings including wedding rings and rings with a ruby, opal and diamonds were taken from a jewelry box on a bedroom dresser. The estimated loss is over $4,500.

For much more, please see Police Beat in the Nov. 15 print edition of the River Falls Journal.