Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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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.
A 22-year-old local man on foot, without shoes or shirt, was arrested for disorderly conduct last week Wednesday night, May 8, on Main Street after he flipped over two newspaper dispensers. Stopped by River Falls police, the man said he abandoned his car several blocks north because he couldn't stand the bickering and fighting of his two female passengers. Officers helped find and retrieve the shoes and shirt the man had discarded after leaving his car. The car, however, was never found. The man said one of the women must have driven off with it but didn't want the car listed as stolen.
River Falls police arrested a 22-year-old local man for drug paraphernalia possession last week Wednesday, May 1. Officers were acting on a tip from Hudson police that the man, a local pizza driver, might also be making marijuana deliveries. The man was searched and questioned at his apartment.
A handful of underage college students tried hiding from River Falls police sweeping an apartment at 215 W. Cascade Ave. after midnight Saturday, April 27. Officers had responded to a large party noise complaint. Those students who showed themselves were warned and released. Those found hiding in various rooms were given drinking citations. The 23-year-old male tenant at that address, also the party's host, was ticketed twice: For an adult allowing underage drinking, and for loud noise.
The 70-year-old town of Kinnickinnic man could run his fifth straight Boston Marathon or chair the River Falls School District advisory committee that recommends the next superintendent. Schroeder, an actuary, is a serious lifelong runner. He started 37 years ago and has done marathons for 30 years, running in more than 140. However, he's also serious about public education. Before moving to River Falls, he was school board president for nine years in a small district near Stevens Point where his two daughters went. That was long ago, but Schroeder's devotion to education hasn't dimmed.
It could be a long night, but shedding light on one of society's dark, ugly problems makes it seem worth the time and effort. The second annual Take Back the Night rally, march and candlelight vigil sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response (SART) team begins outside at St. Bridget Catholic School, 211 E. Division St., at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Similar Take Back the Night rallies are planned across the country.