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She said he grabbed and yanked on her ponytail as she walked by. He said he told her she had pretty hair. She didn't care what he thought about her hair. She wanted his hand off and dug into it with her nails so that he knew she meant business. She said the man gripping her ponytail just laughed and asked if that was supposed to hurt...“Do it harder,” he allegedly said. “I like it.” This incident took place at the West Wind Supper Club, 709 N. Main St., before 11 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18.
The electronic sign outside American Legion Hall Post #121 on North Main Street announces, "Wanted in 2017...Veterans." But don't get the wrong idea. It's not like help-wanted signs you see in shop and store windows. Those indicate employee shortages, vacancies to fill. At the local American Legion — unlike many legion posts across the country — membership is booming. Commander Larry Larson said there are now 493 members in River Falls. He's got his sights on reaching 500 soon.
The job will go beyond replacing 10,000 linear feet of faulty hot water pipes this summer at River Falls High School. Superintendent Jamie Benson has been reminding people that it's not just bad pipes, but also degraded heating coils and valves that will likely need replacing. A recent engineering report confirmed that prediction. It outlined three replacement needs: Galvanized piping; valves that regulate heat in each room; and the heating coils.
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, brought the inaugural in Washington D.C. of new President Donald Trump. Far away in River Falls, Vicki Cobian, W9593 710th Ave., said she was “looking for a way of expressing gratitude for eight years of the compassionate and wise leadership” from Barack Obama. Cobian put up and displayed a sign with that message for the departing president and vice president from the upstairs balcony of her home.
Three students from St. Bridget Parish School had the winning essays in the American Association of University Women-River Falls annual science and math essay contest for eighth-graders. The local AAUW chapter holds the annual contest for boys and girls to raise awareness about the contributions of women in traditionally male fields. Eighth-graders were invited to research and write their essays about a woman of their choice — either historical or working now.
River Falls police took a 911 call late Saturday afternoon, Jan. 7, about fighting at Vibrant Health Family Clinic. Two men were involved. One, a 56-year-old Hudson man, works for the hospital's maintenance staff. The other, a 31-year-old River Falls man, works for the cleaning staff. The cleaning man seemed upset to find a note on the door in the maintenance room that accused "cleaning people" of stealing tools.
A 45-year-old River Falls man was allegedly hit in the head with a bar glass during a fight late Monday night, Jan. 16, at Johnnie's Bar, 116 N. Main St. River Falls police arrested Caleb Pease, 31, 254 Apollo Road for substantial battery. He was taken to Pierce County Jail in Ellsworth. According to Deputy Police Chief Jon Aubart, the two may have known each other and were drinking togehter. "Smart talking and alcohol" appear to be factors that set off the fight.
Our Neighbors' Place's annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Junior’s Bar and Restaurant, 414 S. Main St. Supporters of Our Neighbors' Place, 122 W. Johnson St., invite the community to attend to learn more about the organization and its mission to connect struggling families in Pierce and St. Croix counties with the resources and services needed to achieve their housing needs and self-determination. For more information, call 715-426-9000.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) today put forward legislation that would return management of the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming gray wolves to state control. Management of these gray wolves were transferred from the state to the federal level following two 2014 U.S. District Court decisions that reinstated gray wolves under the protections of the Endangered Species Act. These designations leave farmers and ranchers in those states without a legal avenue to protect their livestock from problem wolves.
ShopKo security called officers to the store for a group of possible shoplifters late Saturday afternoon, Jan. 7. Two suspicious women were going around loading their shopping cart with clothing items. In other part of the store, two suspicious men were doing the same with mostly electronic items. Their actions were being observed on closed-circuit TV as police were called. Officers responded and parked their squads around the side of ShopKo, 1777 Paulson Road.