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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.
It was someone's idea and Jera Terreng liked it, expanded on the premise and the result is "Touched by War," a month-long exhibit in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library that began Aug. 28 and runs until Sept. 23. "We try to hold a variety of shows over time in the library's gallery," Terreng said.
River Falls police were called to Kwik Trip on North Main Street Monday afternoon, Sept. 3, for a man there selling Tide laundry detergent out of his car. The man drove away before officers arrived but the car was soon spotted parked outside Walgreen's drugstore. Inside, an officer found the suspect, a 45-year-old city of River Falls man, by the pharmacy.
River Falls police arrested a 36-year-old Oklahoma man living at the Hoffman Park campground for domestic battery and bail jumping Monday night, Aug. 27. The alleged victim was the man's 34-year-old girlfriend. She was found near the park's softball field. She was all bloody and had a swollen face and cut lip. The two live together and camped out this summer at Hoffman. Leading up to the incident, they allegedly argued about his drinking, then he took a nap. When she woke him later to go to work, he got mad.