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Steven Kaehr grew up with parallel interests: Music and the ministry. In the end, the spiritual call was the one he felt compelled to heed. The choice, if it can be called that, is one he says fulfilled a great-grandmother's prophecy about him shortly after birth when he was very ill and nearly died. As Kaehr's relatives and parents looked after him in eight-hour shifts, Kaehr's great-grandmother reassured his mother that she had talked to the Lord, who said: "This boy, he's not going to die.
The Dane County Court ruling Friday, Sept. 14 that threw out Gov. Scott Walker's 2011 law that repealed most collective bargaining for public employees, including teachers, had a spill-over effect on $7.6-million worth of bonds the River Falls School District tried to sell Monday, Sept. 17. Four bids came in, and they carried higher-than-expected interest rates. The lowest bid was 2.72%; the highest was over 3%. By historical measures, those remain bargain-basement borrowing rates.
With age people are often less active and prone to gain weight while losing muscle mass. Their immune systems weaken, leaving them more susceptible to disease and illness. "Having a balance of nutrients is vital," says River Falls Medical Clinic dietician Debra Sanders.
River Falls police arrested and cited a 20-year-old UWRF student for obstruction and underage drinking after midnight Sunday, Sept. 16, in the 200 block of East Elm Street. The student, allegedly urinating on the sidewalk while holding a glass bottle of Premium Grain Belt beer, took off running and temporarily got away. He tossed and broke his beer bottle on the sidewalk.
A book club you might be unaware of started up again this week. In January it will turn 15 years old. Lion's Paw Book Club meets once a month during the academic year in the second-floor breezeway of the UW-River Falls Chalmer Davee Library. "We would love to see more people from the community participate," said book club coordinator Cate Dodson, who is also UWRF library services assistant.
A preliminary estimate for the school portion of property tax bills in the River Falls area says they'll rise 2.1%. Translated: For a $200,000 house that didn't change much in value, the homeowner might expect to pay between $45-$50 extra next year in school-related taxes. These kinds of figures will come up at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, during the school district's Annual Meeting at the media center at River Falls High School. If you're an eligible voter in the school district, you can vote yes or no on the new $18,276,776 tax levy for the 2012-13 school year.
Two drivers were seriously hurt and had to be extricated following a near head-on crash just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, on the Hwy. 65/35 bypass a half mile south of the East Division Street. Afterward the bypass was closed until early afternoon. River Falls police have cited one of the drivers, David Kirscht, 24, Garfield, Minn., for inattentive driving and operating left of center. According to Police Chief Roger Leque, the injured drivers are: Kirscht, who was driving a full-sized 2004 Cadillac, and Nathan R. Winger, 28, W6337 Hwy.
An eastbound moped driver skidded on his side to avoid a collision on Cemetery Road by River Falls High School as a 17-year-old girl was pulling out of the student parking lot. A collision was avoided, but the moped driver, 71-year-old Richard E. Boehner, 1450 S. Wasson Lane #82, was taken away by ambulance for what was officially described as "incapacitating injuries." The accident took place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. Anita A. Fraser, 17, W9321 637 Ave., a high school senior, was later cited for failing to yield while making a lefthand turn.
In June a young man was on the rooftop above Steve's Pizza Palace on Main Street and ended up falling through the metal awning to the sidewalk below. On Friday, Sept. 7, just after midnight, a 20-year-old UW-River Falls student slipped out the window of an apartment above Curves for Women on the other side of Main Street, landed on the awning, walked on it and eventually jumped to the sidewalk below.
Two years ago Virgil Johnson invented an energy-saving solar air heater for homes. He sold a do-it-yourself eBook online on how to build one. Now the 55-year-old Virgil Johnson is back with another energy-saving invention with the long name of: Rain-Barrel-Water-Mister-For-Your Central-Air-Conditioner.