Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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The little clapboard church in Kinnickinnic went up shortly after the Civil War when Ulysses S. Grant was president. Built for $2,000, it opened in December 1868 and was shared by the area's Methodists and Congregationalists for services on alternate Sundays. The Methodist design included pews with a divider down the middle keeping men and women on opposite sides. A bell in the tower was reportedly given by a Mississippi steamboat captain. As Methodist numbers declined, Congregationalists bought the building in 1895.
While it won't open until later fall, much of the heavy-duty reconstruction of East Cascade Avenue has already been completed.
A two-day local blood drive sponsored by the American Legion Post #121 got off to a huge start Thursday, July 26. Organizer Jerry Matteson called the first-day response "simply overwhelming." The local blood drive in River Falls goes on until 7 p.m. Thursday and picks up again Friday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The blood drive is held inside at Legion Hall, 701 N. Main St.
The end of the season for the River Falls American Legion Post 121 baseball team wrapped up Saturday, July 21. The first game was against Stillwater 19U on Tuesday, July 17. Stillwater beat River Falls Post 121 by a score of 9-5. Starting for River Falls was Dylan Kusilek. Stillwater scored one unearned run in the second. Three unearned runs in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to win 9-5. Jonah VanderVorst pitched one inning allowing two earned runs. Offensively River Falls had no batters getting multiple hits and Stillwater recorded 10 strikeouts.
Bicycles in River Falls get swiped all the time. Many, like cars, are left unlocked. Some, however, are locked and still stolen. In this case, a bike was unstrapped and stolen from a parked vehicle downtown. It happened last week Thursday afternoon, July 19, in the parking lot of Family Fresh Market, 303 S.
River Falls police detained a 29-year-old local man downtown after 2 a.m. Sunday, July 15, for revving his truck, swerving, squealing his tires and for pretending to pull over before driving off again. When he was finally stopped, the officer said the man had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, but the man denied drinking, claiming to be the designated driver. The officer noted the man had no passengers and asked why he was slurring his words. The man replied that he had dyslexia.
Police continue to ask for the public's assistance in their search for a laptop computer and computer bag believed to be Aaron Schaffhausen's. Schaffhausen has been charged with the murders of his three daughters in River Falls Tuesday, July 10. These items may have been ditched along the road by Schaffhausen before he turned himself in.
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The city of River Falls will host counseling staff from St. Croix County and PierceCounty Thursday afternoon, July 12. These professionals will offer support services for anyone in the community that has need for those services while coping with the tragedy of the three Schaffhausen sisters who were apparently murdered in their home Tuesday. This will be a group forum, along with individual sessions as needed. These sessions will be held from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, at City Hall, 222 Lewis Street. No appointment is necessary. This is just one of many avenues for those dealing with the event.
Aaron Schaffhausen, formerly of River Falls, allegedly left his three daughters behind in their home with the gas fireplace activated on the first floor and the odor of flammable liquid coming from the basement. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, July 11, Police Chief Roger Leque wouldn't respond to a reporter's question whether Schaffhausen had planned to burn the house down at 2790 Morningside Ave. Leque said that would only be speculation at this point. Schaffhausen's three daughters, ages 5, 8 and 11 were found dead inside.