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Days Gone By: June 27, 2013

By Pat Hunter, Archivist

10 YEARS AGO, JUNE 26, 2003

The city council voted 6-1 to ban smoking in restaurants here. Restaurants with a bar will have 24 months to either separate their bar from the dining area or go smoke free. In order to help solve parking problems near the university they also voted 6-1 to implement a residential parking permit system.

In city business news, Owner Chad Halvorson and manager Kent Kletscher opened “Coach’s Sports Garden” restaurant/bar at 127 S. Main St., and across the street Dawn and Jim Morrow added a Bridgeman’s Ice Cream Shoppe next door to their South Fork Café.

Hudson Hospital was set to move into a new $45 million facility on Stageline Road, just off I-94.

For her “superior ability to inspire love of learning in her students” Meyer Middle School teacher Toni Velure was awarded the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship Award this year.

20 YEARS AGO, JULY 1, 1993

City Engineer Darrin Beier made the decision to close the old Cedar Street bridge after torrential rains caused a slab of limestone and soil to wash away, eroding the bank, nearly undercutting Main Street.

In downtown business news Jim Hedeen was named manager of More 4 Supermarket; Lynn Petersen opened the Second Street Flower Market; and oral surgeon Dr. Steven Johnson began holding office hours at the hospital here.

Pierce County Salvation Army treasurer Jeff McCardle announced they were back in business after donations brought the budget out of red ink.

30 YEARS AGO, JUNE 30, 1983

High schoolers Kevin Kealy, Tim Thompson, Kevin Kusilek, Paul Meyer and Dave Schrank coached by Dave Cronk won the Middle Border golf championship.

Juvenile Officer John Dinkel graduated from FBI school at Quantico, Va.

Area students named to dean’s lists included Kari Iverson, Lori Ritzinger, Cortland Ye, and Paul Haskins Jr.

Fox Ace Hardware advertised nuts, bolts and washers for 77 cents/lb.; men’s Lee jeans for $14.88; and Eureka upright vacuum for $79.95.

40 YEARS AGO, JUNE 28, 1973

Florence Linehan, age 84, of River Falls, topped all others with her catch of silver salmon at a fishing derby in Westport, Wash.

Confirmands at Luther Memorial Church included John Bohn, Karen Lee, Roberta Fredrikson, Mark Schneider, Lisa Bader, and Jan Schneider.

Work was underway with River Falls State Bank and First National Bank constructing new buildings.

50 YEARS AGO, JUNE 27, 1963

It was announced that the five-digit zip code number for River Falls would be 54022 and was to go into effect July 1.

Einer Bouvin and Clarence Malmer marked their 30th anniversary at the Red & White grocery store located at the corner of Main and Walnut Streets. Sons John and Jerry Malmer and Bob Bouvin were also active in the store.

In local service news, navy man J.E. Larson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Larson of 114 N. Dallas St., advanced to boilerman third class; and National Guard Capt. Rodney L. Stone, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Stone of 214 Park St., met TV’s “Lawman” John Russell while training at Camp Pendleton.


Wisconsin motorists were warned that they must now come to a full stop when encountering a stopped school bus. Formerly motorists were allowed to pass a stopped school bus at 15 miles per hour.

Wilcox Electric, one of the largest electrical contracting firms in western Wisconsin, was to open a shop at 127 E. Elm St. Willard Black was named manager of a staff of 10 expertly trained men with a fleet of four trucks and two cars for residential, industrial and commercial business.

Herman Hagestad was appointed by Gov. Walter Kohler to succeed Dr. Chalmer Davee as resident regent for the college here.

60 YEARS AGO, JUNE 24, 1943

The draft board was running low on unmarried men and was going to start taking married men without children. And in other military news the wives and sick infants of soldiers could now receive medical and obstetrical care, the infants during the first year of life, and mothers during pregnancy, childbirth and six weeks after, without cost to themselves or their families.