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River Falls police arrested a 23-year-old Grantsburg man for substantial battery and a break-in after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, on South Main Street. The male suspect taken into custody is black. He claimed another man followed him from behind as he was walking and taunted him with a racial slur. The suspect, wearing a Chicago Bears T-shirt, confronted the other man, who is white. He allegedly punched him, picked him up and slammed him to the ground before walking away.
It's been almost a month since River Falls and most surrounding towns and cities issued outdoor fire bans. River Falls Fire Chief Scott Nelson says it's still the status quo until the foreseeable future. "It is tinder-dry out," Nelson said. "Recreational fires in burn pits are part of this ban.
How do we explain the unexplainable? In our hearts, how do we get over the sudden, tragic deaths of innocent children? After the triple murder of the three Schaffhausen sisters in July, a local stabbing death a week earlier, and the traffic fatalities of three New Richmond high school students later in July, Catherine Olson gave this matter much thought. What she came up with is an extravaganza called Kids 'n Kites/Music & Words. The free, three-hour event is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct.
Downtown River Falls should see the opening of a new used bookstore by the second week of October. The Main Street building that formerly housed Gemini Jewelers and, later, Mr. Movies after it relocated before closing will be the site for this store. The building is undergoing interior renovation as it converts for a new tenant that will go by the name Fox Den used books. The owners are River Falls residents Heather and James Williams. James Williams already has operated a used bookstore on Grand Avenue in St.
A Minnesota man who just moved to River Falls was arrested by police for breaking into an upstairs duplex in the 200 block of North Ninth Street and making off with an overnight leather bag that had nail polish, mascara, lip gloss, women's underwear and more. Some items, including high-heeled shoes, spilled out and left a trail leading to where the man was found crouching in the corner of the fenced-in backyard. River Falls Police were called for the intruder alert at 5:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21. A women at that address woke to banging noises from her living room.
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.