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River Falls police found a 27-year-old man inside his car that was running, but stuck in a snowbank at Ninth and Spring streets after midnight last week. The driver was unhurt. A search of his stuck car allegedly turned up marijuana, a glass pipe, a bag with bullets and a loaded black Ruger handgun. A tow truck was called to remove the man's car.
Local stuttering expert Jerry Halvorson agrees that "The King's Speech" deserved best-picture Oscar for exposing a condition that brings humiliation and is stigmatized, misunderstood and mistreated. Like the stammering King George VI in the movie, the problem begins early in life, usually before a child starts school. Repressed guilt and shame fan the speech impediments. However, Halvorson claims that stuttering is not a problem.
A candidates' forum Monday, March 7 will put the spotlight on candidates running in four City Council races, three of which are contested. The spring election is five weeks away on April 5. Sponsored by the River Falls Area Optimist Club, the forum takes place at City Hall, 222 Lewis St., in the council chambers from 7-8:30 p.m. Here's a breakdown of the races: District 1, Tom Caflisch (incumbent) 508 Roosevelt Court; and Todd Coleman, 625 Pine Ridge Terrace. District 2, Jim Nordgren (incumbent), 1144 South Fork Drive; and Eunice Beauchman, 726 S.
Teasing during a high school shop class turned grave last week when one male student resorted to name calling. He called another boy "Justin Bieber," who happens to be the No. 1 teenage singing heartthrob. The 17-year-old student dubbed Justin Bieber took offense. He punched the other student in the forehead. A scuffle broke out and the two were quickly separated.
At 6 p.m.(Thursday, Feb. 24), there will be another major rally in River Falls by those who oppose Gov. Scott Walker's bill to curtail the collective bargaining rights of the state's public employees. The rally will occur at the Meyer Middle School parking lot, 230 N. Ninth St. The rally is one of a number of similar rallies going on in towns and cities across Wisconsin.
The River Falls Town Board unanimously voted Monday night, Feb. 21, to allow a six-month trial period to open up a stretch of 720th Street for ATV traffic. The board had discussed the issue at the past two meetings and got negative feedback from some residents living in affected area. The ATV trail in River Falls would hook up with ATV trails on either side in the towns of Trimbelle and Martell. At Monday night's meeting, town resident Mary Waters urged the board to give the ATV trail extension a try, saying, "(ATVs) are no different than driving my personal vehicle.
A one-vehicle rollover on County Road E south of Highway 10 just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, resulted in the injury to the driver, a 19-year-old UW-River Falls student. Allison Murray of Lake City, Minn., was taken by Lifelink Helicopter to an area hospital with underdetermined injuries, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Deputies arrived on the accident scene to find that Murray's 1997 Mercury Moutaineer had missed a curve and rolled several times before ending on its passenger side in the southbound ditch.
The second of five informational meetings on the April 5 $39 million River Falls School District referendum is tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 22, starting at 7 p.m. at the Rocky Branch Elementary School library. The forum is open to all who want to learn more about the need for the referendum. Questions about the referendum can also be asked of school board members. All five of the scheduled forums will open with a presentation about River Falls public schools and what the referendum proposal would do to improve each of them. The Q&A session follows. The first forum was held Feb.
Sure it's still two months away, but the current winter thaw makes it tempting to talk about spring and celebrating Easter. Rose Rude is ready for such talk. She hopes parents of young children will plan to attend the Saturday, April 16, Easter Egg Hunt, at Glen Park. Last year, after a long absence, the River Falls Lions Club and the university's Falcon Fellows brought back the egg hunt. It was highly anticipated, with a turnout of more than 400 kids.
Nearly one-third of the River Falls High School student body walked out of classes Thursday, Feb. 17, just after 10 a.m. They assembled in the parking lot in front of the school's entrance. Principal Elaine Baumann, Superintendent Tom Westerhaus and other school administrators looked on but didn't interfere. The walkout was organized by students Wednesday afternoon and evening through Facebook.