Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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The loving package came very early as a tiny delivery. Since then and for the foreseeable future, there's much care and expense needed to make sure baby Nellie Koester grows to be a healthy child. A benefit fundraiser for her and her parents, Mike Koester and Sabrina Rivera, will take place from 4-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Riverview Hotel & Suites ballroom, 100 Spring St., in downtown River Falls. Laura Koester of River Falls, Mike's mother, says: "Nellie is my third grandchild.
If you want a job that has variety, the unexpected, even the bizarre, apply to be a River Falls police officer. Sunday morning, Feb. 10, an officer brought in and later arrested a 24-year-old Fairmont, Minn., man for hit-and-run, reckless driving endangering safety, drug paraphernalia possession and driving without a valid license.
City of River Falls has been recognized as a Bird City for 2013 at the Sustained Flight Level for the third year. Modeled on the "Tree City USA" program, Bird City Wisconsin developed 22 criteria across five categories, including habitat creation and protection, community forest management, limiting hazards, public education, and recognizing International Migratory Bird Day.
A late night crash Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the town of Trenton sent three people from Red Wing, Minn., to the hospital for injuries. One passenger had to be extricated from a vehicle by Ellsworth firefighters. The unidentified driver of a 1998 Buick Regal, eastbound on 825th Street near Hwy. 63, fled before sheriff deputies arrived. Deputies say the car's driver lost control on a curve. The car flipped on its side, went into a ditch and hit a tree. The crash occurred after 11 p.m. The injured passengers found inside were: Antonio N.
The River Falls School District's Community Education program is preparing to sponsor the second annual Daddy Daughter Dance. The occasion is open to girls ages 3-10 who are escorted by a father, grandfather or brother. The dance is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the high school commons. Community Education Coordinator Monique Squires said excitement and interest for the dance is building. "I had a dad call me on Friday saying that he was changing his international travel plans so he could attend this event with his daughter," she said.
Local Municipal Utility workers are dealing with another broken water main at the location of Ninth Street near Meyer Middle School. Drinking water service is being shut off at about 5 p.m. in the vicinity of Ninth Street between Hazel and Cedar streets until the pipe can be repaired and water tested to assure its drinking safety. About one dozen homes and the Middle School in the immediate area will be without water while the repair is made. A response crew is onsite and the estimated duration of the service interruption will be 4-6 hours.
The school board met in closed session Monday night and decided the first step to replace retiring Superintendent Tom Westerhaus was to hire a consulting firm. Board President Stacy Johnson Myers said a consultant search had begun. Interviews with promising applicants will end Friday, Feb. 15. A hiring decision will come later in the month. The school board has used consultants to oversee recent superintendent searches, including for Westerhaus and, his predecessor, Boyd McLarty. "We don't have the expertise," Johnson Myers said of the school board.
Jeremy Sabelko's wife, Amber, calls him "very competitive, very stubborn, someone who always wants to win." "I'm hoping that attitude will make a difference," she said Friday night, Jan. 25, at their home four miles east of River Falls.
River Falls Police are trying to find the man wearing a cap in the surveillance photos who carried out a quick-change scam at BP Amoco, 1553 Paulson Road, at 10:40 p.m. Dec. 11. The suspect entered the store, bought a soda and paid with a large bill. He then kept asking for varying amounts of change and wound up getting $150 more from the clerk than he started with. Please call 715-425-0909 if you can assist with the suspect's identity. Officer Ryan Miller is working the case. Sgt. Jon Aubart oversees all investigations.
River Falls Police are investigating break-ins at Fantastic Sam's, 1587 Paulson Road, late last Thursday night, Jan. 24, and at Designer Doors, 702 Troy St. in the industrial park, between Jan. 18 and 21. Neither case has been solved yet. At Fantastic Sam's hair salon, someone apparently got in by smashing the window of the front door and crawling under a bar. The suspect, or suspects, may also have gotten out the same way. The intruder set off a motion sensor inside that triggered an alarm. Officers arrived quickly and secured the salon after finding it empty.