Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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A 44-year-old Beldenville man was arrested for disorderly conduct after allegedly lashing out about a woman's poor parking technique. The incident occurred downtown in the 100 block of East Elm Street on the evening of Dec. 28. The 25-year-old woman had just turned and clipped another parked vehicle. She parked awkwardly after the accident and got out to jot down her personal information. The other man, with two kids in the car, drove up and allegedly made rude, profane remarks about the woman's poor parking abilities.
A vehicle crashed into the signal controller cabinet at North Main Street and Paulson Road Friday night, Dec. 23, knocking out power for the traffic light at that intersection. According to City Engineer Reid Wronski, the controller cabinet contains a computer, other electronic devices and wiring connections that make the actual traffic lights operate properly. Wronski said the cabinet was so badly smashed that by Saturday morning is was determined that it could not even operate in red flashing mode.
With District 1 City Council member David Cronk deciding not to run for an eighth term, the number of candidates vying to replace him has reached four. That means there will be a February primary for the District 1 race before the April 5 spring election.
Would someone really do that? Dean Baerenwald would like to think not, but evidence has him suspecting the worse. On Dec. 9 he found that one of his 15-20-foot-tall Balsam firs at the driveway entrance to his town of River Falls home was cut down and hauled away. All that remained was a jagged nine-inch diameter stump. The Balsam was one of about a dozen planted in a pattern on either side of his gravel driveway entrance.
A ceremonial swearing in for state Representative-elect Shannon Zimmerman of the 30th Assembly District was held at River Falls City Hall. After the ceremony, Zimmerman poses with is family, from left: Nick and Karalee Dunham, Shannon and Angel Zimmerman, Addalyn, Taylor, Harper, Mandy and Josh Zimmerman. (Submitted photo)
River Falls police suspect he's not real. But a 21-year-old local man said “Steve” drove his 1995 Dodge Ram truck from the downtown bars and plowed over mailboxes at East Johnson and Kennedy streets, also beyond the city limits in Pierce County before dawn Saturday, Dec. 17. The man said he and his roommate met Steve while they were out drinking. Steve hit on the roommate's girlfriend and was told to knock it off. He did. The man and his roommate were drunk. Steve offered to drive the Dodge Ram, saying he was sober enough.
The Freemasons of River Falls Lodge 109, 122 E. Walnut St., installed officers for the coming Masonic Year at an open ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 20, in River Falls. Officers installed were Worshipful Master Blain Conklin, Senior Warden Dan Toland, Junior Warden Warren Kozitza, Secretary Michael Wilson, Treasurer David Vold, Chaplain Mike Elliott, Senior Deacon Randy Pfab, Junior Deacon Ed Swenson and Tiler Jim Wolfe.
Gregory's Gift of Hope, 1374 Hwy. 65, New Richmond, the only operating shelter serving St. Croix County and surrounding counties has been released from quarantine after 115 days.
A 26-year-old local man who came to see his girlfriend was stopped, told to leave the house and finally tackled outside in the snow. The man was later arrested for drunk driving-2nd and driving without a valid license-2nd in the early morning hours of Dec. 13 in the 100 block of North Fremont Street. The man had come from a downtown bar to speak to his girlfriend because they'd argued earlier. He said he'd parked his Chevy Trailblazer nearby at Heritage Park and walked over
Eric Amundsen, former River Falls mayor, has filed the necessary papers and signatures to become a candidate for the City Council District 1 seat in the spring election. That seat...