Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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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.
A 21-year-old Crystal, Minn., woman allegedly shattered a window and broke into an apartment after claiming to see her girlfriend sleeping in bed with another woman around 4 a.m. Sunday at 308 S. Winter St. River Falls police stopped the woman outside as she tried to leave. She allegedly was brawling with three other female tenants in the apartment.
Democrat State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who has announced her bid to run for governor in the expected summer recall election, spoke before a large crowd in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library Sunday afternoon. Vinehout, a former dairy farmer and college professor from Alma, represents a chunk of the River Falls area in Pierce County.
The outcome of a recent special school board meeting for the sale of millions of dollars of bonds was better than anyone dreamed. School Finance Director Chad Smurawa said interest rates for municipal bonds had hit a 30-year low, then dipped again since December. As a result, the school board accepted a very favorable low bid on the sale of $15,660,000 in general obligations bonds. Most of it applied to last November's referendum. The rest was refinanced debt from building the high school a decade ago. The winning bid with an interest rate of 2.48% went to United Bank of Switzerland.
Two people were arrested and jailed Monday, Feb. 6, at Cudd's trailer court, 1450 S. Wasson Lane, for allegedly making a deal to sell methamphetamine. Both were charged by the Pierce County district attorney with delivery of meth felonies. The two are a pregnant 28-year-old city of River Falls woman and a 27-year-old city of River Falls man wanted for a felony drug possession warrant in Isanti County, Minn. Meth is a highly addictive stimulant affecting the nervous system. It increases wakefulness and physical activity, but also blood pressure and produces rapid and irregular heartbeat.
Kindergartners and first graders at Greenwood Elementary will get a dose of Spanish under a new program launched soon in the River Falls School District. Nate Wells, the district's coordinator and teacher for the Montessori K-6 program at the River Falls Academy, will do the Spanish instruction. Wells said research shows that neurological development of kindergartners and first graders peaks at that age.
River Falls police arrested and jailed a 21-year-old local man Saturday morning, Feb. 4, for false imprisonment and disorderly conduct at Cudd's trailer court, 1450 S. Wasson Lane. The man was trying to force his 16-year-old girlfriend, who had recently broken up with him, into his car. He allegedly picked up her and put her over his shoulder to carry her. The girl, dressed in pajamas, kicked and screamed before being set on the ground. Then the man allegedly dragged her by the wrists. The man fled when he heard approaching police sirens.