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Wisconsin roundup: Report alleges conflicting info given to voter-ID seekers; Assembly Dems seek DA probe into Walker John Doe leaks, 9 more state news stories
All about birds: 'Can-do' club posts at DeSanctis
Wisconsin roundup: Trump credits Tommy Thompson for returning to Wisconsin; DNR advances funding cut; 9 more state news stories
Arrests follow interrupted burglary in town of Kinnickinnic
Wisconsin roundup: Trump campaigning Wednesday in Badger State; Walker backs student loan refinance effort; 10 more state news stories
crime and courts
RFHS grad running for his life and loving it
A couple of shotgun experts find out what they've been missing in mourning dove hunting
Second half surge carries Cardinals past Wildcats
FANTASY FORECAST: Coping with injury loss
Wildcat tennis ready for BRC Tourney
University’s annual outdoor art exhibition coming soon
Small brewery preparing to open on Main Street
Animal shelter hosts microchip clinic on Sept. 24
Crowds 'pig out' at Bacon Bash
Time again for the annual Western Wisconsin Pottery Tour
arts and entertainment
TOWN OF RIVER FALLS: 9/29/16 Special Meeting re: Transportation Issues
TOWN OF MARTELL: 10/11/16 Public Hearing - Dog Waiver
NAME CHANGE HEARING: 10/20/16, Case No. 16-CV-185, Cecilia Mangelsen
TOWN OF KINNICKINNIC: 10/4/16 Town Board Meeting
TOWN OF RIVER FALLS: 10/3/16 Town Board & Plan Commission Meetings
Kenneth L. Lodahl, 77
Edward R. Rang, 88
Raymond M. Donatell, 71
Mildred M. Winger, 95
Mildred Turner, 88
Featured letter to the editor: Big effort needed to make Kinnickinnic 'scenic'
Featured letters to the editor in the River Falls Journal
Featured column: Nation's high court may examine validity of state political boundaries
Featured column: Running for the stars? Why not
Featured column: Even in death, she'll have the last word
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March 15, 2013
Red Wing woman charged with vehicular homicide
A Red Wing woman has been charged with three counts of vehicular homicide in Pierce County Circuit Court as the result of an accident last October that caused the death of a Minnesota man. Cassandra Cleo Smith, 20, was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxicated use, vehicular...
March 15, 2013 - 7:27am
March 13, 2013
Man tries to return printer containing fake money
Police say a printer a 37-year-old West Bend man tried to return to a Walmart store contained a sheet of paper with two photocopied $100 bills. Lake Hallie police say they found three more fake $100 bills when they arrested the suspect. He was also wanted on burglary and armed robbery...
March 13, 2013 - 3:23pm
March 8, 2013
Woman gets two life terms for killing husband, lover
A 40-year-old woman has been given a second life prison term for killing her lover in northern Wisconsin, just a few days after she killed her husband in Minnesota. Angelina O'Mara pleaded no contest this week to an Ashland County charge of first-degree intentional homicide. She...
March 8, 2013 - 11:41am
February 19, 2013
River Falls man on probation for false imprisonment
A River Falls man was placed on three years' probation late last month for holding a Pierce County employee without her consent last August. Steven J. Schutz, 53, P.O. Box 562, pled guilty to false imprisonment Jan. 28 in Pierce County Circuit Court. False imprisonment is a Class...
February 19, 2013 - 10:34am
February 18, 2013
Rather than escape, home intruder finds lure of a soft couch simply irresistible
A 22-year-old UW-River Falls student allegedly broke into a house in the 500 block of East Cedar Street before 2 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. He wore...
February 18, 2013 - 4:43pm
February 15, 2013
Jurors consider man's release from mental facility
A jury in western Wisconsin is expected to decide Feb. 15 whether a man should be freed after spending 25 years in a mental institution for killing four people. Alvin Taylor, 65, petitioned for his release from the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. Dunn County District...
February 15, 2013 - 9:59am
Toyota settles acceleration lawsuits
Wisconsin will get $674,000 from Toyota. The carmaker agreed this week to settle lawsuits filed by the Badger State and 27 others, over vehicles that accelerated when they were not supposed to. The lawsuits accused Toyota of misleading people about safety issues concerning the unintended...
February 15, 2013 - 9:58am
February 13, 2013
Wolf hunt draws lawsuit
The Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Washington D.C. against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the Interior Department. The lawsuit asks courts to put Upper Midwest grey wolves back on the federal endangered species list. It said...
February 13, 2013 - 11:35am
Legislators debate drunk-driving penalties
Two GOP state legislators are pressing on with their clampdown on drunk driving - even though some lawmakers have balked at the cost of handling those offenders. Assembly Republican Jim Ott of Mequon and Senate finance chair Alberta Darling of River Hills are promoting a half dozen...
February 13, 2013 - 11:33am
February 12, 2013
As the World Turns: Hit-and-run driver claims to wake to a crash; playacting poke bloodies boyfriend; disorderly man declares he'll ruin cops' careers, then cries for mom
If you want a job that has variety, the unexpected, even the bizarre, apply to be a River Falls police officer. Sunday morning, Feb. 10, an officer...
February 12, 2013 - 9:18am
January 30, 2013
Court sides with clinic in birth-control suit
A state appeals court says a health-care clinic does not have to pay the cost to raise the child of Austin Mernick and Shelby Nell after the facility mistakenly gave the woman pre-natal vitamins instead of birth-control pills. Omernick and Nell said the West Bend Clinic was solely...
January 30, 2013 - 3:37pm
January 29, 2013
Jail group holds first meeting
Thursday's first Jail Ad Hoc Committee meeting was noted by introductions. The three-person community panel (Mike Hunter, Rod Rommel and Jay...
January 29, 2013 - 9:26am
January 28, 2013
Two local businesses hit by separate burglaries
River Falls Police are investigating break-ins at Fantastic Sam's, 1587 Paulson Road, late last Thursday night, Jan. 24, and at Designer Doors,...
January 28, 2013 - 4:39pm
January 23, 2013
Flu threatens wheels of justice
At one point Jan. 23, people out walking in the Dodge County seat of Juneau were not just cold - they could have been rounded up for jury duty. The flu caused a shortage of jurors for a trial, so Circuit Judge Brian Pfitzinger wanted the sheriff to find six jurors in the street...
January 23, 2013 - 3:35pm
January 21, 2013
Jan. 21, 2013: Girlfriend turns herself in after feeling guilt for beating up boyfriend
River Falls Police found a 29-year-old local woman in the station lobby Sunday night, Jan. 20. She was crying and holding her hand, allegedly...
January 21, 2013 - 4:19pm