Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, two vehicles crashed at the intersection of County Road B and 890th Ave. in the town of Gilman. The injured drivers were Reid A. Clark, 22, Eagan, Minn., and Brandon P. Nelson, 19, Spring Valley. Nelson was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated. The injured passenger, Luke S. Schmitt, 21, Spring Valley, was in Clark's vehicle. Traffic at this intersection is controlled by stop signs.
Jill Dexheimer may be familiar to some for her roles in the community. She's an active parent at Westside Elementary, including being on the yearbook committee, because two of her daughters go to school there. From 2007-09 she was a part-time communications coordinator for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce. She helped plan and organize events for River Falls Days. For 18 months her byline has appeared in the Journal. She's covered the towns of Kinnickinnic and River Falls as a freelance reporter. Friday the 33-year-old Dexheimer was hired as the Journal's news clerk/reporter.
Following a River Falls Police investigation, Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle has filed a criminal complaint against Dennis L. Torkelson, 37, of rural River Falls, for his alleged role in damaging petitions relating to the Wisconsin recall drive of Gov. Scott Walker. The incident occurred just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, on Main Street in front of EconoFoods. Torkelson has been charged with two misdemeanors for falsifying information and for criminal damage to property. He will be asked to appear in Pierce County Circuit Court at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan.
Those who wish to run for local public office this spring have until the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 3, to get their candidacies officially filed. Wednesday morning, Dec.
It's billed as the great equalizer: Give all kids a chance to enter kindergarten with similar set of learning and social skills. Now River Falls joins the estimated 90% of Wisconsin school districts with some form of a 4-year-old kindergarten program. An exception, nearby, is Hudson. The board passed the proposal Monday night, Dec. 19, by a 5-2 vote. Barb Kolpin and Dennis Behnke voted no.
A 32-year-old local woman was accused of spitting on a person collecting signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker just before 1 p.m. Sunday at 650 N. Main St.
Jerry Carter and Mel Germanson, The Grumpy Old Men, had a record-setting annual collection for the River Falls Food Pantry on Nov. 28 and 29 while stationed at Veterans Park downtown. The pair says they collected 12 pickup truck loads of food-related items and were given $8,591 in cash contributions. The latter is a record. Everything collected -- food and money -- goes right to the food pantry. Since 2005 Carter said financial collections alone have totaled $45,804. Carter and Germanson have held their annual food drive for about 15 years.
Police Chief Roger Leque hopes greater public awareness will take the air out of these ballooning numbers: More than 800 tickets for violating the city's odd/even winter parking restrictions. More than 100 tickets for violating overnight 1-6 a.m. parking restrictions. About 100 tickets for violating overnight 2:30-6 a.m. parking restrictions. Leque said all these $10 tickets have been issued since Nov. 1.
The holidays around Christmas and New Year's don't bring good tidings to the American Red Cross. "We usually see a dip in blood donations from now until after the first of the year," said Sue Gonsior, communications program manager for the regional Red Cross in St. Paul.
As of Thursday afternoon, Dec. 15, only two incumbents have filed to run for three open seats on the seven-member school board. A third incumbent has taken out papers but not officially filed to become a candidate. Mike Miller and Alan Tucktenhagen, whose seats are up for election next April, have both registered to run again. Barb Kolpin, another incumbent whose seat is up for spring election, is said to be preparing to run again for office. River Falls school board members serve three-year terms.