Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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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.
Scarlette Rock, 13, a Meyer Middle School 8th grader, got a chance to show off her baton twirling skills during the Jan. 2 Outback Bowl game in Tampa Bay. Rock, the daughter of Julie and Chris Rock, 211 E. Elm St., and has been a student with Jacinda Miller at Dance-Twirl in Minnesota for four years. The Minnesota dance company Just For Kix run by Cindy Clough was presenting pre-game and half-time shows for the Outback Bowl game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Florida Gators.
In the early morning of Tuesday, Dec. 13, a contract vehicle containing USPS mail and packages caught fire near Roberts while traveling from the Twin Cities Network Distribution Center to Chicago. There were no injuries but all the mail was destroyed. The vehicle’s load consisted of mostly Priority Mail packages originating in Minnesota and western Wisconsin and bound for addresses in the Chicago area On Dec. 16, the post office sent a letter of notification to impacted shippers whose addresses were in our database.
A 21-year-old female bartender at Maverick's Corner Saloon, 128 N. Main St., was given citations for open after hours and selling alcohol to an underage person after the 2 a.m. legal closing time Thursday, Jan. 5. River Falls police officers were out patrolling. They noticed windows open, heard loud music and saw people inside Maverick's. They went to the front door. Locked. They knocked. Those inside looked back at them but otherwise didn't react. Finally the barkeep came, unlocked the door and peeked out. What's wrong?
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.