Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Forty-ounce glass beer bottles were found smashed in the 200 block of Riverside Drive late last month on four separate occasions. A 50-year-old Minnesota homeless man was arrested last week Thursday night, April 26, outside the Bye, Goff and Rohde law office for criminal trespassing and have open containers of liquor. The man insisted he didn't litter but put his empties in the law firm's dumpster.
The annual time when city of River Falls residents can dispose of unwanted personal items and garbage is scheduled for May 14-19. The service is provided for residents who are billed for city trash service with Veolia. The cleanup site is at the Public Works Garage, 950 Benson St. Hours will be 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A 19-year-old UW-River Falls male student was stopped for speeding on Main Street and an I.D. card violation (2nd offense) before midnight Sunday, April 29. The student allegedly told the officer that the fake Wisconsin driver's license in his wallet was needed for a school class he was taking. He also said he paid $400 for it from a website that sends out fake identifications. The same student was cited in February for trying to use another fake I.D. to buy booze. His latest fake I.D.
The data is sobering. From April 2007 to the end of last year, there were 10,695 patient visits to the Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties. During that time the free clinic treated 3,326 patients -- 52% were men. Last year it treated 364 new patients. The prime age of free clinic patients is 45-64. More than half are jobless.
As a little girl when Monica LaVold misbehaved her mother didn't take away TV or playing outside privileges. Instead LaVold was likely to be forbidden from reading her precious "Anne of Green Gables" or some other favorite book series. "Taking away my books -- now that hurt," she said. "Books have always been my escape, my refuge." LaVold was the kind of child who read under covers at night -- by flashlight. "I was the flashlight kid," she admitted.
A perforated storm sewer pipe was installed Wednesday morning, April 25, west of Spruce Street on East Cascade Avenue. The perforated pipe allows storm water runoff to infiltrate into the underlying soils, filtering and cooling the runoff while recharging the groundwater flows that sustain the Kinnickinnic River. Work to rebuild and redesign East Cascade and upgrade utilities has entered a third week. The project should be mostly done by early November.
In conjunction with the current remodeling of the downtown EconoFoods supermarket into a Family Fresh-brand store, the city has begun installing a new signal light at the intersection of Walnut Street and South Main Street. On March 13 the City Council awarded a bid for this work to Chippewa Concrete Services, Inc. of Chippewa Falls. Work is starting this week and should be completed by June 15. Main Street will remain open to through-traffic during this work schedule though there may be temporary and limited flagging and turn prohibitions.
Two men in their mid-40s were taken into custody in connection with an apartment break-in Saturday night, April 21, in the 500 block of South Wasson Lane. One man, who was also arrested outside the apartment building for drunk driving, claimed the pair broke into the second-floor apartment to do a welfare check and a possible drug intervention on the male tenant's behalf.
Billed as a celebration of diversity, the annual Unity in The Community will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Veteran Park in downtown River Falls. All events are free and open to the public. Wanda Brown will emcee.
A change of health insurance carriers with a higher deductible plan will save the school district $385,000 for the next school year. Monday night, April 16, the school board OK'd the switch from WEA (Wisconsin Education Association) to Health Partners. School district Personnel Director Donna Hill said the three-year deal could affect more than 250 teachers and staff. Yearly cost increases are capped at 9%. The plan can also be adjusted if those increases are deemed too high. Hill said the district is still bidding out for dental coverage.