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Traditional Japanese Tea Offering student Ben Gavin will lead an observance to recognize the recent Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake, and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami Friday night, April 29, at the Unitarian Universalist Society church in the town of River Falls, N8010 Hwy. 65. The program will run from 7-9 p.m. Poetry and music will follow, including appearances by nationally published River Falls poet Thomas R.
A playful gesture? Not for the guy who took offense when another guy began fluffing up and frizzing his girlfriend's hair in a bar. No one would chill and soon a brawl broke out at Bo's 'N' Mine and spread to the alley. A River Falls police officer arrived outside around 1 a.m. Saturday, just in time, he claimed, to see the offended boyfriend punch another man in the face. The puncher, a 23-year-old local man, was very upset and had to be handcuffed. The one on the receiving end of that punch, a 25-year-old Horicon man, had a bloody nose.
Third Street next to East Cascade Avenue will be closed later Monday afternoon, April 18, during a UW-River Falls student group sponsored mock crash event. River Falls police, fire and ambulance departments are participating in supporting roles. Third Street, between Cascade and Spring Street, will close starting at 3:30 p.m. Bleachers will be put up around 4 p.m. and cars placed on the street. There will be sirens sounding from various city emergency vehicles starting around 6 p.m.
The 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Easter Egg Hunt will relocate from Glen Park to River Falls High school. Organizer Rose Rude said the forecast calls for cold, rain and high winds, not the best of conditions for parents and their small children. The River Falls Lions Club-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt is aimed at kids 1-7 years old. Rude said families attending Saturday's egg hunt should go to the high school's front entrance. The carnival, raffle, face painting, concessions and crafts table will be held in the school's commons.
River Falls Area Hospital Hospital has outgrown its old phone system and will install a new, updated system. As of 5 p.m. Friday, April 29, all hospital phone numbers will change. River Falls Area Hospital has evolved from a hospital that started with just one phone, when the hospital was located on North Main Street, to the to the present location with multiple phone lines. Communication plays a big part in enabling providers to provide superior patient care.
Meghan Malaney, a 1998 River Falls High School graduate, scored big time during a February appearance on the syndicated TV show, Wheel of Fortune. Malaney, a winning contestant, ended up solving a puzzle that netted her almost $50,000 in cash, prizes including a 2011 Mazda, and trips to Hawaii and Italy. Malaney's Wheel of Forture appearance has already been shown on TV. In this story are two YouTube links of her on the show that can be accessed. In it, the 31-year-old Malaney tells game show host Pat Sajak that she loves everything Wisconsin.
United Way St. Croix Valley is conducting its Give 10, Tell 10 fundraising campaign April 21 through May 20 to help close a shortfall in last fall's campaign. This year, the goal will be to raise $5,000 from the community. The campaign encourages community members to donate $10 to United Way and then invite ten of their friends to do the same. "Give 10, Tell 10 is all about the power of grassroots fundraising and the power of people coming together for a common goal," said United Way St. Croix Valley Web and Marketing Associate Kate Smith.
River Falls police found a smashed, abandoned Ford Escape and a heavily damaged city light pole across from ShopKo on Paulson Road late Friday night. When officers finally located the 51-year-old local driver at his home, the suspect was described as incoherent and intoxicated. The man did explain that he'd bought a chicken at a gas station and was driving home. The chicken dropped, the man bent to pick it off the floor.
Going by the new, state standardized test scores to gauge the quality of local public education, River Falls students are in the driver's seat. Compared to neighboring school districts, River Falls comes out near the top in every category. This elevated status has remained unaltered for many years. Yet success doesn't seem to spoil the attitudes of school district administrators.
It took about 3 1/2 hours for Kinnickinnic's town clerk and canvassers to reaffirm that incumbent Roger Van Beek won the Town Chairman April 5 election. The recount, requested by his opponent, Gordon Awsumb, was conducted at Kinnickinnic Town Hall Monday morning, April 11. Awsumb lost by only 14 votes on Tuesday, April 5, 323-309. Town Clerk Lola Higgins said Monday's recount turned up the same numbers, with Van Beek winning 323-309. During the April 5 election, one of the town's touch-screen monitors went blank and wasn't used again.