Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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A 17-year-old boy was arrested for battery last week at a home on Eighth Street for allegedly swearing at his mother, then pushing her so that she fell on her infant son who sat on a bouncy chair on the floor. When the stepfather tried to restrain the teenager, the two toppled over the family Christmas tree. The mother was allegedly pushed and fell a second time. She complained of back pain but the infant wasn't harmed. River Falls police this past week also: Arrested a 14-year-old city of River Falls boy for disorderly conduct and property damage at the Wildcat Court apartments.
Her mother expects Paige Paulson to land at the Minneapolis airport at 1 p.m. Friday after leaving Haiti in the middle of the night. "I'm very excited," said Jackie Paulson, who took a call at 4:30 a.m. from Paige, saying she had landed in New Jersey, taken a bus to Philadelpia and was set to fly home after that. "At that hour, we were both a little giddy on the phone." Jackie said Paige described it as "crazy and quite an adventure getting out of the American embassy." The church group she was with traveled at night by armored vehicle to the airport.
Pat O'Malley, owner of Kilkarney Hills Golf Club in River Falls, arrived in Haiti Tuesday just an hour before the massive earthquake struck. O'Malley has done humanitarian work in Haiti for years and makes frequent trips to that island nation. His family had no word on his well-being until mid-afternoon Wednesday when they got a brief e-mail from him saying, "I am OK." Daughter Sherry O'Malley said even getting those three words was a relief. "All we know is that he's alive," she said from the O'Malley home in rural River Falls.
A 22-year-old college student flagged for a traffic violation allegedly made a run for it. He may have panicked and forgotten he wasn't dressed for a subzero break away. He was with a female companion who also took her chances on foot. The male student was slow to respond to an officer's attempts to pull him over on Main Street. He finally turned into a driveway at 702 S.
It was almost 3 a.m. New Year's Day. An 82-year-old woman woke to noises and lights turned on in her house in the 1300 block of South Main Street. She called out but there was no answer. So she got out of bed and found a young man standing in her bathroom. Why are you here?
John Swenson was a town of Kinnickinnic farmer for decades, but many people will recall that his named appeared often on the Journal's editorial pages. Swenson, who died last week at age 83, was a prolific letter writer as well as a self-published author. His four books were "My Navy Experience: 1943-1946;" "Just Looking out the Back Door;" "Stuff;" and "The Crew." Copies of each can be checked out at the River Falls Public Library. Mary Murphy served briefly with Swenson when they were elected to the Kinnickinnic Town Board. "John was a good teacher and mentor," she said.