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After a six-year apprenticeship, Karen Kielas has joined the self-dubbed Grumpy Old Man for their annual campaign to replenish the local food shelf 8:30 a.m. till just before dark at 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 26 and 27, near the Main Street curb at Veterans Park. Eighty-something local retirees Jerry Carter and Mel Germanson took the Grumpy Old Men label from the 1990s movie with the same name. That name belies their charitable intentions.
From now until Christmas, bell ringing volunteers for the Salvation Army will be out in force at Dick's Fresh Market, Family Fresh Market and ShopKo in River Falls, and at Holiday and Nilseen Foods in Ellsworth. Each year Salvation Army organizer Ed Paulson can always rely on an army of energized volunteers from River Falls to Ellsworth numbering between 300 and 400 -- probably a fourth of whom are high school-age students, many coming from church confirmation classes and Scouts. "We welcome help from a variety of organizations," said Paulson, 70, who has managed Salvation Army fundraising i
The family of a man charged with killing his three daughters in River Falls tried selling the home where he used to live with his ex-wife - until she pleaded with a Realtor to stop the listing. Maria Verven of Edina Realty Realty told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the girls' grandmother approached the firm about putting the house up for sale, but after getting an impassioned request from Jessica Schaffhausen, the realty firm canceled its listing. The four-bedroom house had been listed for $229,000. Aaron Schaffhausen lived in North Dakota before he returned to River Falls in July.
A 20-year-old local man said he was driven from his apartment by the woman he shares living space with. He said she came home at 5 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, and went into a fury because he was sleeping on her couch. The man said he was scratched on the neck by her fingernails. He was later found, without jacket or shoes, at the corner of Main and Maple streets. River Falls police say the man was so distraught that he was almost hyperventilating. Officers managed to sit the man on a bench and calm him. There was a warrant for his arrest from an unpaid underage drinking citation.
While not considered armed and dangerous, police officers had their hands full for two hours Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, after two stray cows were spotted at DeSanctis Park. The heifer and calf apparently came from the Paul Haskins farm just west of the city. When officers got to the park, the cow suspects had hoofed on. They ambled south on Grove Street, past the city compost site and school bus garage before ending up by a fence at the old power plant overlooking the South Fork River. Efforts to herd them into a UW-River Falls lab farm horse trailer proved fruitless.
Record numbers of donors turned out locally in response to a sudden drop in the nation's blood supply, overwhelming Red Cross staffers during a two-day drive at the American Legion hall on North Main Street. Some people giving blood had to wait 45 minutes or more. Others pressed for time had to leave. Even so a record 225 people gave a record 273 pints of blood in River Falls on July 26 and 27. On the first day alone, 120 people gave 142 pints. Jerry Matteson, American Legion blood-drive program coordinator, said the Red Cross will boost its staff for the Thursday/Friday, Nov.
River Falls police had to separate two screaming brothers and jail them for domestic disorderly conduct in their Church Street apartment Sunday evening, Nov. 4. The one brother, age 27, was sleeping on the living room couch. His 21-year-old brother asked him to give him and his girlfriend a ride to ShopKo. The older brother agreed but then went right back to sleep. The other brother, expecting the ride, didn't like that. He allegedly lifted and tipped the couch until his slumbering older brother was rolled to the floor.
Wisconsin Act 164 went into effect Nov. 1 banning first-time drivers from driving while using a cellphone. The law was passed last spring. "I think it's absolutely a good law to have," said River Falls Police Sgt. Jon Aubart. "It's a good one for parents to remind their kids about not using a phone while driving. "There are enough driving distractions and beginning drivers already have a lot of things they need to pay attention to.
The man arrested, jailed and later released after the stabbing death of 22-year-old Dylan Barry July 6 in an apartment at 233 W. Cascade Ave. won't be charged with homicide. Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle explained his legal decision last week by releasing a 14-page document on the stabbing and follow-up investigation. He said the case came down to the right of lawful self-defense in one's home. In his summary, O'Boyle wrote: "The unfortunate incident that took place...was a perfect storm of events.
A 23-year-old orange-costumed rural River Falls man was stopped for kicking a Bubba's Fried Chicken trash can down Main Street before 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. As an officer identified himself and ordered the man to stop, the man resisted and asked the officer: 'Who are you?' The officer identified himself a second time as the man continued to resist and insist the officer wasn't a cop. The officer finally threatened to use his Taser stun gun to subdue the man who replied, no, he didn't believe it. Eventually the officer, without using the stun gun, forced the man to his knees, head down.