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Doctors said Chris Radke wouldn't live long. Born 33 years ago in January, his parents Pat and Robert Radke didn't take him home until nearly Thanksgiving. His condition puzzled River Falls medical staff, so the Radkes took their firstborn to a specialist. Chris had a rare disease - osteogenesis imperfecta congenita, also called brittle bone disease. It meant he'd be in constant danger of fracturing bones and wouldn't grow normally.
Pierce County Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen issued a warning about two men who posed as electric-company workers to get into a pair of rural homes. The scammers evidently stole $420 from a home in Hager City while the elderly couple were away. The men are said to approach homeowners in a friendly manner then casually ask when people wouldn't be home. The chatty pair said they needed to know so they could "trim trees and/or check voltage" without disturbing anyone.
Riley Close knows how to tie about a dozen different knots and gained a lot of other skills during his 13 years in scouting. He earned the Eagle Scout designation this year and held his Court of Honor during July at the UW-River Falls amphitheater. The Court is held because becoming an Eagle Scout is a big deal. Nationwide there were nearly 3 million Cub and Boy Scouts last year. Statistics say that only about 4% of those might make it to Eagle. The Court of Honor celebrates Scouts who've traveled through the ranks. It's all about them, too.
Outside the boxing ring, it's not often you see two men beating the pulp out of each other. But that's what I saw on my way home from work last Monday afternoon. I was beyond tired. We had moved into a new house during the weekend, and I had only slept about three hours the night before. I wasn't very alert after the end of the workday and my approach to the stop sign at Whitetail Boulevard and Hwy. 35N. At first I barely noticed two men on foot to the side of the highway. As I waited for the car ahead of me to enter traffic, I realized the men were punching each other.
Citizens crowded City Hall at Tuesday's City Council meeting to discuss the crosswalk at North Main and Union streets when an elderly woman was killed last month. "There's an old saying that you can't fight City Hall," said Ann McAlpine, executive director of the River Falls Housing Authority. "But this isn't a fight. We hope to start dialogue and prompt a response to a tragic situation.
Reis Insurance Agency started the transition June 1 from company-affiliated to independent agency. Self-taught insurance professional and River Falls native Dave Reis bought the Main Street office space and hung his insurance shingle 25 years ago. Back then, he had a few years of experience but no accounts. Now he has 31 years of experience and enough customers to keep busy four full-time staff members. "The number-one reason we decided to become independent is so we can offer customers the best possible package at the best prices," said Reis.
Musician and teacher Chris Silver stays busy. The River Falls-based musician plays gigs, teaches full time at the local high school and spends time with his wife and three children. He's been strumming since he was nine and his musical roots go deep. His grandfather played German folk music on a mandolin - also called fiddle, depending on who you play with - and Silver's dad played spoons and bass guitar. "We always had music at family gatherings," said Silver "I remember hearing trumpets, mandolins, guitars and singing." The St.
About 50 people attended last Thursday morning's River Falls Chamber of Commerce business breakfast that addressed methamphetamine (meth) usage and how it affects the community. Pierce County Investigators Mike Waltz and Bruce VonHaden spoke about meth and different ways to control the problems it causes. River Falls' St. Croix Harley-Davidson, 883 Hwy. 65, sponsored the breakfast. Waltz is a full-time narcotics investigator.
Avid canoeists and trout fishermen already know what a great trip the Kinnickinnic River gives. Kinnickinnic River Land Trust (KRLT) Executive Director Jon Michels does all he can to spread the word, too. "I run out of adjectives for this river," said Michels. "It's peaceful and such a community treasure." Michels recently took this Journal reporter on a guided canoe tour some eight miles down the lower Kinni from the dam at Glen Park to Kinnickinnic State Park to show the river's natural beauty and many charms. He's also leading a field trip at 10 a.m.
Don Kruger, 67, 39 Sunview Dr., died Saturday, August 15, after a brief stay at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Bakken-Young Funeral and Cremation Services, 805 E. Division St. A memorial service takes place 11 a.m. Friday at the First Covenant Church,1374 N. Main St. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery follows the Friday service. Kruger's family asks that if desired, gifts in memoriam be given to the First Covenant Church Building Fund. A resident of River Falls since 1963, Kruger began a long career in home building at age 18.