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A 40-year-old Hudson man was arrested for disorderly conduct at Mainstreeter Bar & Grill, 212 S. Main St., because he wouldn't stop yelling and swearing at the bartender and tossed a glass of beer at him. River Falls police were called by the bartender before 1:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18. The man was still yelling when officers got there. He was taken outside. There he told police the bartender had tried to prevent two male patrons from making out. The Hudson man was angry about that, said it wasn't right.
St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity has found a new use — make that multiple uses — for what was its ReStore at 109 W. Cedar St. The ReStore took donated furniture, appliances, building materials and more to sell and make money to build Habitat homes. Last fall it relocated to a larger store in Roberts. Now the 4,000 square foot leased but empty building is about to be used for training, volunteer coordination, and the storing and maintaining of tools and equipment.
MADISON – Members of Pierce County Farm Bureau, along with nearly 400 other farmers and members from various farm groups throughout Wisconsin attended Ag Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 8. Attendees started out at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. There they heard from Gov. Scott Walker. He spoke about the importance of agriculture to Wisconsin’s economy. Said Walker: “Farming isn’t just a business, it’s a way of life.”
River Falls High School senior Brian Miller received the "Best Lifter" award at the Elk Mound, Minn., regional powerlifting meet in February. The best lifter award is given after a series of calculations to determine the person who lifted the most in comparison to his or her body weight. This was the first time a River Falls Powerlifter has received such a recognition.
A policeman downtown heard someone yell “officer”! He turned and saw a northbound car without lights pass through the Main/Maple intersection before 2 a.m. Friday, March 10. The car was soon stopped. The driver and two male passengers lit up cigarettes. Inside were two open cases of beer. The 22-year-old Woodville driver gave the officer what was described as an “obviously fake” international driving document with another name. A Spanish-speaking Roberts cop was brought in to help with communications.
Friday afternoon, March 10, the River Falls Police Department's Facebook page posted this warning: “Please be aware that someone is using our phone number and demanding money and other information. Please do not give them any information and please call if you have given them anything. The callers have a very thick accent and can be very agressive and rude. They will have basic information of yours, but the calls are not from River Falls Police Officers!”
A first-year state lawmaker says what matters most is "the voice of my constituents." Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls, 30th District), has put that priority into action by developing a new online interactive system. Called "Zimmerman Connect," the web link is meant to regularly gauge District 30 public opinion on key, emerging topics — from roads and public education to the economy and environment. Zimmerman said the real-time, interactive link is the first of its kind in Wisconsin politics.
The registration deadline for Girls in Science: Seeing, Creating, Inventing, Exploring, Naming, Cooperating and Experimenting at UW-River Falls has been extended. Applications for remaining spaces will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Girls in Science will be held Saturday, April 1. The fee is $18. Register online with River Falls Community Education at www.rflearns.org .
He showed up in the lobby at the EconoLodge, 1207 St. Croix St., after 4:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4. Drank some coffee, asked for a phone, talked gibberish, then yanked the fire alarm. Guest poured from their rooms. River Falls police and fire responded. The 31-year-old Faribault, Minn., man was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to St. Croix County Jail in Hudson. Officers tried to talk to him at the EconoLodge but the fire alarms were blaring. They asked him to step outside. He said no, he had to call 911 but couldn't say why.
The River Falls Lions Club will again sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt & Carnival at the high school commons and gym. This year's egg hunt is a week before Easter from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8. The event, billed as family entertainment, has a serious side. "It would be fantastic if each child would donate $1 to the food shelf," said Lions member Rose Rude, who has supervised Easter Egg Hunts since the club starting sponsoring them in 2010. Donations to the River Falls Food Pantry are part of what the egg hunt is about.