Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city of River Falls population was an even 15,000. Over the winter the state Department of Transportation installed three new signs to reflect that figure around River Falls. The one above is on Hwy. 29/35 on the way in from Prescott. Street Supervisor Terry Kusilek said the city may acquire two more population signs -- one for state Hwy. 29 east and one for state Hwy. 35N. A 2000 population sign west of the city on County Road MM will likely be removed and not replaced.
A reception Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 29, drew a bevy of people, young and old, to wish children's librarian Susan Pesheck the best in retirement. Pesheck is retiring after 13 years. Many of those who came to Wednesday's reception were parents and their children -- both current and former participants in the Storytime reading series that Pesheck has hosted as part of her job. Pesheck said she was "jittery" during her sendoff.
River Falls police were kept busy separating people fighting in their homes this past week. After 2 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, a 41-year man was arrested for domestic battery and disorderly conduct at his Bobwhite Street address. Officers were sent there for an intoxicated couple fighting. The man was said to have tried strangling the woman. The man who answered the door was the husband. He had bite and scratch marks, plus bruises, but allegedly admitted to either throwing or pushing his wife to the floor.
Eight people trying for seats on the City Council are expected to participate in a candidates forum starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at City Hall, 222 Lewis St., in the council chambers. The event is sponsored by the local branch of the American Association of University Women and the River Falls Area Optimist Club. "Democracy only works when people are involved," said AAUW Public Policy Chairwoman Barb Peterson.
The school board recognized several people at its regular meeting the evening of Monday, Feb. 20 and approved a half-time coordinator's description for the new four-year-old kindergarten program. School board member Rich Gerczak congratulated and handed out "Wildcat Pride" certificates to: Three Meyer Middle School students for having their artwork displayed at the 2012 State Education Convention in Milwaukee.
A broken water main beneath Ninth Street on the block between Meyer Middle School resulted in the cancellation of classes Wednesday, Feb. 22. River Falls Municipal Utilities General Manager Carl Gaulke later reported that the breakage was repaired by 10 a.m. Superintendent Tom Westerhaus said there was no water damage at Meyer. Westerhaus alerted all parents and staff by way of the River Falls School District's automated calling program shortly after 6 a.m.
A 27-year-old man was found wandering inside of Lori's Massage, 303 N. Second St., just as it was about to open Tuesday morning, Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day). The suspect was in the hair-dressing area. Police were summoned. The man, who claimed he'd just moved to River Falls, had no idea where he was. It was soon learned the man lived near the public library. He told an officer the last thing he recalled was having a couple of drinks at home.
Voters on the city's southwest side will go to the high school polling station Tuesday, Feb. 21, to eliminate one of three candidates running for District 4 City Council in the spring election. Profiles of the three candidates appear further on in this story. This is the only primary election in the city of River Falls.
A tall crane from Graphic House in Wausau removed and installed a new entrance sign for River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls Medical Clinic and Kinnic Health and Rehab Thursday morning, Feb. 16. The old sign had faded after many years of exposure in the sun. Some 45 updated "directional signs" for the hospital and clinic campuses are expected to be added throughout the year. Some will reflect newer services provided by the hospital, such as Rivers Cancer Center and Sister Kenney Rehabilitation.
Two vehicles crashed at the intersection of County Road JJ and County Road M in the town of Kinnickinnic at 8 a.m. this morning, Thursday, Feb. 16. Both autos were badly damaged, possibly totaled and needed to be towed. Neither driver was seriously hurt. One, however, had to be taken by River Falls Ambulance to the hospital. That driver was Kunisha Perkins, 17, 1408 Evergreen Drive. Perkins, who was southbound on County JJ, was also given a $187.90 citation by a St.