Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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River Falls police found a smashed, abandoned Ford Escape and a heavily damaged city light pole across from ShopKo on Paulson Road late Friday night. When officers finally located the 51-year-old local driver at his home, the suspect was described as incoherent and intoxicated. The man did explain that he'd bought a chicken at a gas station and was driving home. The chicken dropped, the man bent to pick it off the floor.
Going by the new, state standardized test scores to gauge the quality of local public education, River Falls students are in the driver's seat. Compared to neighboring school districts, River Falls comes out near the top in every category. This elevated status has remained unaltered for many years. Yet success doesn't seem to spoil the attitudes of school district administrators.
It took about 3 1/2 hours for Kinnickinnic's town clerk and canvassers to reaffirm that incumbent Roger Van Beek won the Town Chairman April 5 election. The recount, requested by his opponent, Gordon Awsumb, was conducted at Kinnickinnic Town Hall Monday morning, April 11. Awsumb lost by only 14 votes on Tuesday, April 5, 323-309. Town Clerk Lola Higgins said Monday's recount turned up the same numbers, with Van Beek winning 323-309. During the April 5 election, one of the town's touch-screen monitors went blank and wasn't used again.
A 19-year-old UW-RF freshman was found dead in her dorm room Thursday morning, April 7, by a girlfriend who was waiting for her to show up to have coffee. River Falls police have identified the victim as Kersten J. Greene from Eau Claire. Police say Greene had been dead for some time. There was no attempt to revive her. The friend -- also a UW-RF student -- who found Greene in her bed called 911 right away and reached a Pierce County Sheriff's dispatcher. River Falls Police Sgt. Jon Aubart said there were no signs of trauma or injury to Greene's body.
The Tuesday, April 5, election results are in and the unofficial tally shows the $39-million school district referendum was defeated by a relatively close margin with 2,805 voting NO and 2,624 voting YES.
It started last Wednesday afternoon with the apparent theft of a tip jar downtown at the Dish and the Spoon café. It ended a little later with the arrest of a 28-year-old Hudson man who was chased around ShopKo and finally nabbed as he tried to sprint for his freedom through the front-exit doors. The man told officers after his arrest that he was impressed that they could catch him. The suspect faces charges in both Pierce and St.
On April 5 elections will be held for four council seats in the city of River Falls. Three of those are contested. The following are excerpts from a March 7 City Council candidates forum sponsored by the River Falls Optimist Club. At-large Incumbent Randy Kusilek says the council will be stronger and wiser by keeping the current members who are seasoned, pragmatic and fiscally conservative. "We have some people here that know what's going on." Kusilek said the city has made budget cuts and might have to make more -- just like households in River Falls have done.
The latest standardized state test score results are in, and students in the River Falls School District continue with their generally high overall marks. Let's take math.
River Falls area residents and Wisconsinites go to the polls Tuesday to vote in local and statewide spring elections. Those elections include the $39-million school district referendum to upgrade and refurbish River Falls public schools; a school board race; as well as races for city council and town boards. There's also a contest for state Supreme Court and an uncontested race for District 3 state Court of Appeals judge. See this week's Journal for more coverage of the contested races. On April 5 polls everywhere open at 7 a.m.
A large group of UW-River Falls students, along with faculty and staff, left UW-River Falls Wednesday morning, March 30, for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Ithaca College in New York from March 31-April 2. Once again this year, UW-RF leads the region and is third in the nation in student participation at the conference with more than 90 student presenters representing a broad cross-section of our campus community including the sciences, the humanities, agriculture and the arts.