Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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A 16-year-old Hudson boy said he was beaten, pepper sprayed, knocked out and woke to find his bike stolen Saturday night, June 8, during an incident at Swinging Bridge by Glen Park. Two 18-year-old male suspects from River Falls were soon picked up on the walking path behind UW-River Falls Lab Farm #1. River Falls Police were looking into the involvement of other suspects. Everyone, including the victim, knew each other. The victim said one of the arrested suspects took out a knife and threatened to kill him.
A 26-year-old River Falls man was picked up Saturday morning, June 1, at his apartment at 819 S. Wasson Lane after being accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman from Frederic. The two met downtown around bar-closing time and returned with others to his apartment for an after-bar party. Sometime when the two were alone in the living room is when the assault is alleged to have occurred. Another person from the party returned and intervened on the woman's behalf. She fled and ended up at the Holiday station on South Main Street after 4 a.m.
Nic Been, administrator/teacher at St. Croix Central High School, was hired by the school board Monday, May 20, to be the next assistant principal at River Falls High School. Been teaches math half time at SCCHS while also serving as the district's athletic director for grades 6-12, high school attendance officer, and high school assistant principal with various roles. The 35-year-old Been replaces Kit Luedtke who will become the next River Falls High School principal.
For anyone wondering if the road construction project at Radio Road and Hwy. 35N., which includes extending Paulson Road to Radio, would require demolishing the River Falls welcome sign, the answer is NO. City Engineer Reid Wronski said the big sign at the entrance to the city on Hwy. 35 will remain untouched, even as earth is moved and nearby pine trees are cut down. Referring to the Paulson Road extension northward, Wronski says: "The road alignment was adjusted to avoid taking the sign out." Wronkski says that recent heavy rains forced some delay on the project.
River Falls police had their hands full with a drunk 22-year-old male passenger around 1 a.m. Friday, May 17, at South Main and Broadway streets.
A new workshop/forum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the River Falls Public Library should have wide appeal. The topic is life, and how to assist those on the brink of giving up. "The May 21 presentation is designed for all community members -- Suicide does not discriminate," says Kesha Marson, St. Croix County Behavioral Health social worker and cofounder of that county's Suicide Prevention Task Force. Marson said the second half of the workshop will focus on the nationally recognized QPR, an education program that parallels CPR medical emergencies.
St. Croix County will host a County Parks Open House Day Sunday, June 2, for all park visitors. The Open House Day offers free vehicle admission for all visitors into the county's three staffed parks - Glen Hills Park, Troy Beach and Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake. (Additional fees for camping, boat or canoe rentals, and group shelter rentals still apply.) Parks Operations Manager Dave Larson encourages area residents to discover and explore these St. Croix County parks.
Travelers of Hwy. 35N just outside of River Falls experienced a 15-minute road-closure mid-morning Wednesday, May 15, as crews from Xcel Energy strung new electrical cables as part of construction for the new interchange at Radio Road. Major earth-moving on the project began Tuesday, May 14, with two bulldozers stripping topsoil along the future Paulson Road right-of-way extension. Meanwhile, other crews were busy relocating phone and gas utilities. Three troopers from the Wisconsin State Patrol assisted with the temporary road closure.
The commute home to River Falls at the intersection of southbound Hwy. 35 and Radio Road was slowed late Tuesday afternoon, May 14, by a car vs. motorcycle collision. The injured motorcyclist, Michael D. Fisher, Jr., 33, Hammond, was heading south toward River Falls when a 1996 Honda Accord driven by Katie L. Anderson, 20, River Falls, allegedly failed to yield from a stop sign while pulling out from Radio Road. Police radio communications indicated that Fisher was conscious but had a broken leg, and that he was taken by River Falls Ambulance to Regions Hospital in St.
The River Falls Police Department will join hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization from May 20 to June 2. "Our officers will be on the lookout day and night for unbuckled motorists. If you're not wearing a safety belt, we will stop your vehicle and you will get a ticket," said Police Sgt. Matthew Kennett.