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Geoff Davis, Anne Zezza and Gayle Schneider cut the ribbon to celebrate the handing of the torch in their Hudson family business. Zezza is from River Falls. (Submitted photo) The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the new owners of Valley Pools & Spa in Hudson on Jan. 17. One of the owners is from River Falls. Since 1974, Valley Pools and Spas has served the south metro and St. Croix Valley.
A 31-year-old River Falls man was ticketed for disorderly conduct after he allegedly caused a ruckus and punched the owner of Shooter's Pub, 107 E. Elm St., in the chin before 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. The man was wrestled down near the stage and restrained until officers arrived. The pub owner said the man, who came in with two people, was too drunk to be served more booze. This news upset the man. When he was finally told to leave, a scuffle broke out.
Newly elected state Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) has announced he will hold his first in-district session from 12-1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the UW-River Falls Hudson Center, 2501 Hanley Road in Hudson. This event is open to all residents of District 30 and will serve as a forum to gather public feedback.
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.