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UW-River Falls Plant and Earth Sciences Professor Brian Smith had an old car that he's used for years for campus delivery work upended and wrecked by vandals over the weekend. Smith said he is so disgusted by this senseless act that he's offering a reward for the capture and conviction of those responsible. The culprits found and used lumber to lift and flip the 1986 Dodge Colt that was parked near the university's greenhouse. The car's roof and windows were smashed and left beyond affordable repair. Smith said the car, while old, was kept in perfect condition.
MADISON -- River Falls native and UW-Madison student Brad Lindevig recently won $2,000 in a student competition for innovative ideas to counteract climate change. Lindevig qualified as an exhibiting winner with his team in the third annual Climate Leadership Challenge at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies' Earth Day Conference. Lindevig's project was the BrightWater Initiative, a self-sustaining purification system to reduce deaths from drinking contaminated water in developing countries.
During a one-on-one interview, 10th Senate District Democratic candidate Shelly Moore said she views her candidacy in the recall election against Sheila Harsdorf as expanding what she does in the classroom. Moore, who teaches English/Drama at Ellsworth High School, said she will reach out to 10th District constituents whose voices are no longer being heard. Moore said good teaching is about reaching out to students and stimulating their innate potential. "For me, the biggest thing about this race is that I have no anger directed at Sheila Harsdorf," Moore said.
Earlier this month the last surviving World War 1 combat veteran died in Australia at age 110. The River Falls Municipal Power Plant, circa 1900, is about the same age. Like the WWI combat vet, the local power plant's 110-year-plus lifespan is ending. The shutdown decision is expected to be made official Monday night, June 20, by the River Falls Utility Commission.
Two vehicles crashed on Hwy. 65 south of 830th Ave. just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. One driver, Brennen A. Olson, 17, from Wilson, was taken by River Falls ambulance to River Falls Area Hospital. Olson, in a 2001 Saturn, was southbound as he turned left into a driveway. He was hit by Christopher P. Hansen, 20, River Falls, who was also driving south on Hwy. 65 in a 1994 Acura. Hansen was not hurt. Olson had one passenger, Jessica A. Zappa, 17, River Falls.
Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board says its staff has verified enough valid signatures to hold a recall election against state Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls). The GAB also said it has confirmed enough signatures to hold recall elections for three other Republican senators: Dan Kapanke of La Crosse, Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac and Luther Olsen of Ripon. The board will asked on May 23 to order recall elections against all four lawmakers on July 12.
Saturday just after 3:30 p.m. two men walked into Dick's Plus Hometown Liquor. Two minutes later they walked out, one of them apparently with a money bag from an office safe stuffed in his back pocket. River Falls police say the men got away with a sizable sum of cash and daily receipts. Both suspects are visible on the store's security camera video. One suspect wore jeans, plain white T-shirt and a black cap. The other wore khaki shorts, white T-shirt and a green-and-yellow Green Bay Packers baseball cap. Police are still investigating this store theft.
Off the beaten path of Main Street lies...The Closet. "Most people don't know we're here," says The Closet Manager Linda Giardina. "We're not on Main Street where people are going by and can look in our windows and see all the clothes. Those who find us do so by accident or word of mouth. "But where else can you go to find a real nice spring jacket for $5, or a name-brand blouse for $2? We're just in a bad spot, but we've got a great selection and the lowest prices." The "bad spot" actually has a scenic view of the Kinnickinnic River and beyond that sits the new City Hall.
River Falls police arrested a 57-year-old local man Tuesday afternoon, May 3, on drug charges after getting a warrant to search his home at 217 E. Elm St. The case began when police were notified by the U.S. Postal service that a package with that local address smelled of marijuana. According to Police Chief Roger Leque, a federal search warrant was used to open and examine the package, which allegedly was found to contain a large amount of cash. At 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, police used a search warrant at the 217 E. Elm St. house.
At last week's re-organizational meeting of the River Falls school board, Stacy Johnson Myers was re-elected as president. Dennis Behnke was re-elected as board vice president, while Barb Kolpin was named clerk and Manny Kenney treasurer. School board members also approved various committee and building representative assignments for the next year: Business Affairs Committee: Manny Kenney (chair), Rich Gerczak and Mike Miller Education Program Committee: Alan Tuchtenhagen (chair), Rich Gerczak and Barb Kolpin Personnel Committee: Dennis Behnke (chair),