Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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River Falls police finally caught up with two male suspects in a reckless driving incident Saturday night on the city's south side in the Greenwood Valley Drive area. A 31-year-old River Falls man was arrested for drunk driving-second offense. He allegedly kept careening his Hummer off and on the road, across yards, over trees, into utility junction boxes. Adults outside at the time said it was miracle no one was hit and killed, including children. The man later hit a parked vehicle on East Johnson Street.
The black-and-white markings give this bird perched atop a town of Kinnickinnic residential garage on the evening of June 3 the coloring of a milk-producing Holstein cow. So what is this bird, anyway? According to River Falls Journal outdoor columnist Dan Wilcox, the bird is just a common pigeon, "also known as a rock dove." Wilcox goes on to say the genus and species name for the bird is Columba livia. "They live all over the world, in cities and countryside," he says.
June 5 recall election returns for rural River Falls gave a huge boost for Gov. Scott Walker. He swept all the surrounding towns -- Troy, Kinnickinnic, Clifton, Martell, River Falls and Pleasant Valley.
A 23-year-old Hudson man survived falling from the roof above Steve's Pizza Palace, 110 N. Main St., around 1:30 a.m. Friday, June 1. He claims he was pushed off by a thief who had taken his friend's cellphone and wallet. The victim landed on the sidewalk and had a bloody head wound that was not considered life threatening. Police investigator John Wilson is looking for information from anyone who might have seen the two on the rooftop above Steve's - or even just heard them up there -- during that time.
With the upcoming elections, River Falls city officials remind everyone of the following rules and regulations for the placement of political signs within the city: All political campaign signs shall be erected on private property (generally at least a distance of 15 feet from the edge of pavement). No political campaign sign shall be attached to any boulevard tree, utility pole or traffic control device. All political signs in residential zoning districts shall not be lighted.
This Tuesday, June 5, River Falls voters and those across Wisconsin return to the polls in the recall election for governor and lieutenant governor. State opinion polls show that only a tiny percentage of people have yet to make up their minds about who to vote for. The key to winning the recall may hinge on those few undecided voters and which side can generate the largest turnout. In case you missed it, here are the two sets of candidates on the June 5 recall ballot: --For governor: Republican Scott Walker (incumbent) and Democrat Tom Barrett (Milwaukee mayor) --For lieutenant governor:
Drivers in the town of Clifton who use the County Road F bridge near the entrance to Kinnickinnic State Park will have to find alternative routes until mid-fall. Pierce County Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson said the Clifton Hollow Bridge over the Kinnickinnic River will be closed for replacement after Memorial Day. Tentative construction startup is Wednesday, May 30.
Trying to better market the school district to prospective families and students, the school board Monday night, May 21, OK'd logo concepts that establishes a "branding identity." A marketing/branding committee of local volunteers explained its ongoing work to define and promote the school district to the community and beyond. The committee choose the theme word "Potential" as the logo's centerpiece.
River Falls Post 121 American Legion Commander Ed Miller, a Korean War veteran, says Memorial Day is a once-a-year opportunity for citizens: "This is something we can all do to honor all those who have served their country," he said. "By showing up and participating on Memorial Day, you are doing just that. "From my perspective, it's always been a privilege to recognize those service veterans who have stepped forward and made sacrifices for the rest of us." This Monday on Memorial Day the recognition for veterans begins at 9:30 a.m. with a parade at Legion Hall, 701 N.
Tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents are already taking advantage of absentee voting for the June 5 recall election, according to the Government Accountability Board. According to River Falls Deputy City Clerk Bridget Hieb, at least 90,000 absentee ballots had been issued by Wisconsin's local election officials who track them using the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS). A total of 68,000 absentee ballots were tracked in SVRS for the May 8 recall primary. Just over one-third of municipalities track absentee ballots in SVRS, including all the state's large cities.