Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Monday night the school board held a special meeting to focus on the high school's massive HVAC pipe problem. Superintendent Jamie Benson said that since last October, there've been about 80 leaks in the building. It's believed that a smaller, thinner grade of piping — not adequate for a building that size — was installed when the high school was built 16-17 years ago.
There is a Tuesday, Feb. 21, primary election in River Falls for District 1 voters. There is also a statewide primary for Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction — incumbent Tony Evers, faces off with challengers Lowell E. Holtz and John Humphries. Four candidates are running for the District 1 seat on the City Council. That seat is being vacated by incumbent David Cronk, who isn't running again. The Feb. 21 primary will eliminate two of the four District 1 candidates. The two with the most votes advance to the April 4 spring election.
A 22-year-old UW-Stout student was picked up downtown after allegedly walking out of Moonshiner's with two of the bar's pool cues. Police stopped the man with a buddy at Second and Elm streets after 2 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. The man was drunk. He couldn't remember the bar where the pool sticks came from. The man became agitated during questioning and had to be cuffed. He was booked at the police station and given a $250 citation with a March 22 Municipal Court date. River Falls police also:
Money isn't all that River Falls gives to a school in Ganthier, Haiti. Clothes, mostly handmade, get delivered from here to there for the school's students. The hand-sewn clothing is part of what's dubbed the "Pillowcase Project." It was launched two years ago by Judy Caflisch and Joanne Ayres. A informal network of seamstresses carry on what's become a tradition. The women take pillowcases and convert them into what Curt Larson calls "beautiful sundresses very suitable for children living in warm tropical climates."
The job of educating the young never stops. That's why Curt Larson and Pat O'Malley keep flying to Haiti — to a parish school built through the generosity of River Falls donors more than six years ago. Local retirees Larson and O'Malley lead the charge but have lots of company — actually, more like a village of supporters. These are people who attend "It Takes a Village" concerts each February. Their free-will concert offerings paid for the school in Ganthier and now pay most of the teacher salaries.
The public library's Gallery is the site, for the third year, of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program Exhibit. Sponsored by the River Falls Community Arts Base (CAB), and administered by the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Program, the WRAP Exhibit features work by more than 30 regional nonprofessional and student artists. It will be on display in the library's lower level until Feb. 25.
A compliance sweep of establishments selling liquor led to six citations Friday night. Feb. 3. These police checks are done routinely throughout the year. Reserve officers under age 21, being supervised by a regular officer, asked to either buy or be served liquor. In most instances the undercover officers were then asked for I.D.s that showed their ages as under 21. Even so, they allegedly still got the alcohol they requested.
The rally cry for the 2017 Relay For Life of River Falls-Pierce County has a noted ring to it: "Cancer. Not Here. Not There. Not Anywhere." The familiar cadence belongs to children's author Dr. Seuss and is adopted by this year's Relay For Life, held annually in River Falls, to raise money to defeat cancer. This year's event is from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, March 24, with many fundraising opportunities and recognition events beforehand.
For many at The Lutheran Home, going to work every day at 640 N. Main St. in River Falls has felt like going to a second home — like a home-away-from-home atmosphere. That makes what comes next bitter. The nursing home campus is shutting down. A closing date is weeks away. Certified Nursing Assistant Kim Neumann started working at The Lutheran Home more than 22 years ago. She was only 24. She brought her kids — an infant and a toddler — with her because in those days The Lutheran Home also had a daycare center.
Country artist Chaunte Shayne, a 2013 River Falls High School graduate, will perform at Johninie's Bar, 116 N. Main St, from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Shayne will soon be taking her singing to Nashville. She's been contacted by record labels about her music. During musical shows, she's accompanied by her father, Hardy White. They have an in-home studio where she writes and he produces her music. Shayne describes her lyrics as edgy and hopes listeners are moved by their messages.