Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Requests from potential buyers to extend bidding for five River Falls Power Plant dual-fuel combustion turbine engines was recently granted. River Falls Municipal Utilities (RFMU) Manager Carl Gaulke said there's enough interest in the bidding process that he decided to extend the deadline from Sept. 15 to Oct. 17. Several interested parties asked for more time to prepare their bids. Gaulke said he's already received two bids, but they will remain sealed until the extended date for opening bids. Journal readers may recall that the local power plant has been in shutdown mode since July.
River Falls police have yet to find the burglar of a house in the 400 block of North Third Street last week Tuesday morning, Sept. 20. A woman there said she took her son to school and didn't get back until late morning. Her front door was left unlocked. During her absence, an intruder slipped in and took two iPods, a Blackberry cell phone, an iPhone, some medications and jewelry. The drugs were taken from a medicine cabinet; the jewelry from a box in the bedroom. Police also are: --Investigating a stolen 2005 Dodge Ram truck taken very early Saturday morning, Sept.
School district residents voted to approve a proposed school tax levy that's expected to drop for the average local property owner by almost 1%. The unanimous voice vote Monday night at the high school media center took place during the school district's Annual Meeting. Eligible adult voters in the school district can vote yes or no on a new school tax levy. The levy goes to support the general fund of the school district's yearly budget.
Starting later this fall, those who apply for and get a state license will be able to walk around in public with a gun or knife. There will, however, be places where carrying such a weapon won't be allowed, such as: Police station, jail, prison, county or state courthouse, municipal courtroom in session, school grounds. "Agencies are working on procedures for implementing the law, and this will take some time as we all learn the effects of the new statute," River Falls Police Sgt. Jon Aubart said. The application process relating to Wisconsin's new Concealed Carry Law opens Nov.
The school board at its regular Monday night, Sept. 19, unanimously approved a second referendum in just over a half year. The first referendum for just under $39 million failed in a close vote last April. The new one in November will be for slightly more than $38 million, but it will be broken up into three questions. Each separate question will be for a different phase of repairs, upgrades and additions, and carry its own price tag. The school board also approved a land swap with the Lyle and Roberta Johnson family, town of River Falls, along the Kinnickinnic River southwest of the city.
River Falls police were called to a house Saturday morning in the 200 block of South Third Street to investigate a dead pet duck. A woman there said a stray, large husky-type dog slipped through a back yard fence and killed one of her ducks. The suspect dog wore a black halter and weighed 40-50 pounds. It was last seen heading toward the post office.
The school board is expected to vote Monday, Sept. 19, on details for a new $38,395,000 referendum this fall. As part of its agenda for the 7 p.m. regular meeting at the high school media center, the school board will vote on three separate questions for a Nov. 8 referendum that highlight various building options. Voters can pick the options they support, including all of them, or vote against each option. The school board will also vote on a land swap involving the school forest in the town of River Falls with the Lyle and Roberta Johnson family.
Robert Hughes, elected to the River Falls City Council in April 2010, has been charged with one count each of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a controlled substance (prescription pills). All three are misdemeanors.
When music teacher Peggy Krasin began teaching at Westside Elementary, Tony Orlando and Dawn's "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" was Billboard's No. 1 pop song. How times have changed since that early fall of 1973. And at age 60, Krasin's zeal is something that remains unchanged. "I'll retire when I don't like it anymore," she said.
Since Labor Day River Falls police seem to be going from one serious incident to the next.