Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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It was four thirty in the morning on a Saturday, Aug. 4. An elderly tenant in the 400 block of South Fifth Street was jarred from his sleep by pounding and rattling that he said made it seem as if the "whole house was shaking." River Falls police officers responded and found a 21-year-old man on the porch. He seemed drunk and covered in dirt and mud, as if he'd fallen.
It happens almost every summer. Police are called for more bicycle thefts, and more vandalisms and thefts from parked vehicles. Summer of 2012 is no exception, says River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque. "We're not exactly seeing a rash of these cases, but a noticeable amount," he said.
Joined by friends and family at her rural River Falls home, state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) announced the kickoff to her re-election campaign Sunday, July 29. Harsdorf cited her accomplishments in the state Senate and reform agenda as the type of leadership western Wisconsin needs in Madison. "This session has brought historic reforms to our state, leading to a balanced budget, a reverse in Wisconsin's trend of job losses, and an improvement in our state's business climate rankings," said Harsdorf.
The little clapboard church in Kinnickinnic went up shortly after the Civil War when Ulysses S. Grant was president. Built for $2,000, it opened in December 1868 and was shared by the area's Methodists and Congregationalists for services on alternate Sundays. The Methodist design included pews with a divider down the middle keeping men and women on opposite sides. A bell in the tower was reportedly given by a Mississippi steamboat captain. As Methodist numbers declined, Congregationalists bought the building in 1895.
While it won't open until later fall, much of the heavy-duty reconstruction of East Cascade Avenue has already been completed.
A two-day local blood drive sponsored by the American Legion Post #121 got off to a huge start Thursday, July 26. Organizer Jerry Matteson called the first-day response "simply overwhelming." The local blood drive in River Falls goes on until 7 p.m. Thursday and picks up again Friday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The blood drive is held inside at Legion Hall, 701 N. Main St.
The end of the season for the River Falls American Legion Post 121 baseball team wrapped up Saturday, July 21. The first game was against Stillwater 19U on Tuesday, July 17. Stillwater beat River Falls Post 121 by a score of 9-5. Starting for River Falls was Dylan Kusilek. Stillwater scored one unearned run in the second. Three unearned runs in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to win 9-5. Jonah VanderVorst pitched one inning allowing two earned runs. Offensively River Falls had no batters getting multiple hits and Stillwater recorded 10 strikeouts.
Bicycles in River Falls get swiped all the time. Many, like cars, are left unlocked. Some, however, are locked and still stolen. In this case, a bike was unstrapped and stolen from a parked vehicle downtown. It happened last week Thursday afternoon, July 19, in the parking lot of Family Fresh Market, 303 S.
River Falls police detained a 29-year-old local man downtown after 2 a.m. Sunday, July 15, for revving his truck, swerving, squealing his tires and for pretending to pull over before driving off again. When he was finally stopped, the officer said the man had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, but the man denied drinking, claiming to be the designated driver. The officer noted the man had no passengers and asked why he was slurring his words. The man replied that he had dyslexia.
Police continue to ask for the public's assistance in their search for a laptop computer and computer bag believed to be Aaron Schaffhausen's. Schaffhausen has been charged with the murders of his three daughters in River Falls Tuesday, July 10. These items may have been ditched along the road by Schaffhausen before he turned himself in.