Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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River Falls area residents and Wisconsinites go to the polls Tuesday to vote in local and statewide spring elections. Those elections include the $39-million school district referendum to upgrade and refurbish River Falls public schools; a school board race; as well as races for city council and town boards. There's also a contest for state Supreme Court and an uncontested race for District 3 state Court of Appeals judge. See this week's Journal for more coverage of the contested races. On April 5 polls everywhere open at 7 a.m.
A large group of UW-River Falls students, along with faculty and staff, left UW-River Falls Wednesday morning, March 30, for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Ithaca College in New York from March 31-April 2. Once again this year, UW-RF leads the region and is third in the nation in student participation at the conference with more than 90 student presenters representing a broad cross-section of our campus community including the sciences, the humanities, agriculture and the arts.
A 34-year-old rural River Falls woman was caught running from Boomer's bar late Saturday night after she allegedly threw a beer bottle that struck another woman in the face. The victim was outside the downtown bar on the sidewalk. She was bleeding heavily. An ambulance was called.
Earlier Thursday, March 24, faculty at the UW-River Falls voted 148-16 out of a unit of 222 in favor of union representation through AFT-Wisconsin, a statewide labor federation affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
The early spring snowstorm that seems to have taken more of a southerly track has forced the River Falls School District to call off school early today, (Wednesday, March 23). All schools will close two hours earlier than scheduled. For the high school and middle school, that means students will be released at 12:30 p.m. For the elementary schools, students will be released at 1:30 p.m. For parents who can't get to their elementary school-age children for the early release, Kids Club will be available to take them in.
River Falls police were asked to track down and find a suspect who had made off with a batch of Sen. Sheila Harsdorf recall petition signatures late Sunday afternoon. The alleged theft occurred on the sidewalk near EconoFoods. The male suspect pretended he wanted to sign the petition to recall Harsdorf but instead swiped the forms with signatures and drove off. The man drove back in five minutes and tossed the petition toward the group of volunteers. Either it was a poor throw or they couldn't catch.
The name sounds innocent, old fashioned: Bath salts. But police, local and state officials say to watch out. A new bath salt being marketed, while legal in Wisconsin, is nothing more than a "synthetic cocaine-like drug." A small but possibly growing number of buyers use it to snort, swallow and even shoot up to get high. Typically it comes in powder or granular form. State toxicologist Lynda Knobeloch with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said the bath salt drug is "very addictive." "It's very confusing, but the way it's marketed is a ruse," Knobeloch said.
River Falls police arrested a 54-year-old woman at her home for stalking, disorderly conduct and intimidation. She was also arrested for resisting the efforts of an officer to handcuff her in her backyard. The woman lives in the 400 block of North Second Street last week.
Hiring committees for Mark Chapin at Meyer Middle School and Rita Humbert at Westside Elementary School are recommending that the school board eliminate the "acting" from their job titles. The full school board will vote on the recommendations next Monday evening, March 21. Chapin and Humbert are acting principals at their schools for the 2010-11 school year. Chapin was Meyer Middle School's assistant principal the year before. Before that he was assistant principal at Ellsworth Senior High.
Four incumbents running for re-election said times are tough, but the city is well-run, fiscally prudent and needs the guiding experience of the current City Council. The three young challengers, in respectful tones, agreed that times are tough, that the current City Council means well but that it lacks innovation and a fresh approach. These themes emerged during the Monday, March7, candidates forum at City Hall, sponsored by the River Falls Optimist Club. While three of the four council races are contested, the forum was sparsely attended.