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Officers were called by neighbors to do a child welfare check at an apartment at 919 Sycamore St. Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 22. There was said to be shouting, swearing and a long-sobbing little boy. A sergeant met a 27-year-old man at the apartment door. The man was described as stressed out, distraught. He said his wife was at work and he does poorly babysitting babies. He had a 10-month old boy in the livingroom who he said was teething and inconsolable.
Greenwood Elementary Principal Nate Schurman said character education, now in its seventh year at his school, has brought tangible results. "Our program has really helped students be mindful of others, so much of what we do with character centers around serving others," he said. "Sometimes those 'others' are our family members and friends, but a lot of times, they are strangers.
The Frances Cohler Coffee Concert Series set for Friday noon, Feb. 24, at UW-River Falls has been called off because of the predicted winter storm. The free performance was to be held at Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on campus, with the Minnesota Clarinet Quartet's Sarah Porwoll-Lee, Katrina Mundrng, Nina Olsen and Paul Schimming and featuring Astor Piazzolla - l'Histoire du Tango, Yvonne Desportes - French Suite, Alfred Uhl - Divertimento, Gioachino Rossini - Overture to "The Barber of Seville."
Has your family farm or home had continuous family ownership for 100 years or more? If so, you could be eligible to be recognized as a Century Farm/Home or Sesquicentennial Farm/Home at this year’s Pierce County Fair. The farm or home (in whole or part) must have been in continuous family ownership. Title of the Century or Sesquicentennial property today must reside in a blood relative of the original owner, or a legally adopted child of a descendant.
Maple and Fourth streets. Standing on the porch at 4 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Storm door open, trying to open the inner door. Lip bleeding from deep cut. Zipper down, belt off, hoodie on backward, hat on the steps. River Falls police arrive to find the 24-year-old Menomonie male suspect looking like this. Sleeping family inside the house wakened by him, terrified, had called 911. The suspect is drunk. Doesn't know where he is, looking for a friend's place to crash. The injury to his lip apparently caused by falling on the porch and landing on a shovel.
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.