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The 13th annual Art Crawl will be held downtown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Nearly 20 Main Street businesses and stores will host artists and their artwork ranging from oil and acrylic painting, watercolors and photography to pottery, fiber, glassware and jewelry. There will also be raku and rosemaling demonstrations. Valerie Lundgren, owner of Karma Gifts and co-chair of this year's Art Crawl, said there's a seasonal flavor to the event. "New this year is customers getting to vote for their favorite scarecrow," Lundgren said.
A River Falls couple with bookstore careers will open Fox Den Used Books, 120 S. Main St., this week. That downtown address once housed Mr. Movies, Gemini Jewelers and, in the early 1990s, The Shoe Den. Owners James and Heather Williams live in the town of Kinnickinnic. Their son, Evan, is a second grader at Greenwood Elementary School in Stephanie Linehan's class. For 17 years the Williams have owned and operated Sixth Chamber Used Books on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.
For Green Bay Packer fans who finally got pumped up after watching Aaron Rodgers toss six touchdown passes in a winning effort on national TV last Sunday night, this Sunday could be a visual downer. The first of three Packer-game blackouts will occur at noon on Sunday, Oct. 21. Both the Packers and Minnesota Vikings play at the same time on Fox-TV. River Falls residents, being in the Twin Cities market, will receive the televised transmission for the Vikings game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Packers vs. St.
Over the weekend police officers subdued a variety of mostly young men committing acts of disorderly conduct. A 25-year-old Hudson man was cited for lewd and lascivious behavior after pulling down his pants in front of Domino's Pizza and exposing his buttocks to an officer after he was ordered to leave Boomer's Bar because of a run-in with a bouncer. After the man's arrest and being escorted to the inside of a squad car, police say they also found a one-hitter stainless one-hitter pot pipe in the man's pants. He was then also cited for a marijuana possession violation.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, from Minnesota, probably has much higher name recognition in western Wisconsin than Tammy Baldwin. So Baldwin, a Democratic congresswoman from the Madison area Wisconsin who is running for the U.S. Senate against Republican Tommy Thompson, brought Klobuchar along to help her campaign Friday, Oct. 12, in Hudson, River Falls and Spring Valley. The two stopped to press the flesh at the South Fork Cafe on Main Street in River Falls over the noon hour.
ELLSWORTH -- Pierce County Judge Joe Boles called the Oct. 8 motion hearing a "very rare procedure." What it came down to was the River Falls Police Department, through the city attorney, asked the judge to bypass District Attorney John O'Boyle and file a felony charge against a 20-year-old UW-River Falls college student for battery to a police officer. River Falls police say O'Boyle won't prosecute. The district attorney says not true, but bring me untainted evidence. The case stems from a late night, Sept. 7, incident in downtown River Falls. A suspect believed to be Shane W.
Someone got inside Dairy Queen on South Main Street between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning and made off with cash. As of Tuesday, Oct. 9, the case is still under police investigation. No one has been caught or arrested. Sunday morning a door to the fast-food restaurant was found unlatched. The alarm was also turned off. There were no signs of forced entry. River Falls police also: --Arrested a 21-year-old UW-River Falls student for theft downtown outside The Goldsmith jewelry story at 2:40 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
River Falls Swim Club Interim Coach Gunnar Teigen knew he had "good athletes and great kids" on his team. What he didn't know was how some were capable of heroism. He saw plenty of heroic action Friday night, Sept. 21, at the high school swimming pool. Three swim club members in particular came together as a lifesaving trio on behalf of 12-year-old Marissa Metzler of the town of Troy. Marissa's heart stopped beating in the pool lane as she finished a kickboard drill. She was floating chest up, legs down, arms flailing.
River Falls police arrested a 23-year-old Grantsburg man for substantial battery and a break-in after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, on South Main Street. The male suspect taken into custody is black. He claimed another man followed him from behind as he was walking and taunted him with a racial slur. The suspect, wearing a Chicago Bears T-shirt, confronted the other man, who is white. He allegedly punched him, picked him up and slammed him to the ground before walking away.
It's been almost a month since River Falls and most surrounding towns and cities issued outdoor fire bans. River Falls Fire Chief Scott Nelson says it's still the status quo until the foreseeable future. "It is tinder-dry out," Nelson said. "Recreational fires in burn pits are part of this ban.