Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Warmer, sunny weather arrived just in time Friday, Feb. 4, for the big Green Bay Packers Tailgate Party at River Falls State Bank, 124 S. Second St. The party got started at 11 a.m. and wrapped up at 2 p.m. The turnout in the bank's parking lot was so large at first that some people went inside the bank to get their fill of free hot dogs, chips, cookies, cheese curds and pop.
Like many in River Falls, school board member Dennis Behnke exudes Packer pride. Behnke says his comes from a glorious tradition that his own family is part of. "A true Packer fan is always going to predict a Packer victory," Behnke said regarding Sunday's Super Bowl game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "Through good times and bad, Packer fans have been loyal to 'our team.' Our family has the same seats at Lambeau field since it was constructed in 1959, and we will continue to pass the legacy down to our children.
Long a fixture at the EconoFoods south parking lot, the Pierce County Solid Waste recycling bins will be removed as of Friday, Feb. 11. County Solid Waste Supervisor David Murphy said his department was asked to do so by EconoFoods. As a temporary fix, more recycling bins will be added outside the city's public works garage, 950 Benson St., for people to use. Murphy is talking to city officials to find a convenient recycling drop-off site to replace the one at EconoFoods.
The Clifton Town Board learned at its Feb. 1 regular meeting that it will have to pay to buy and install all new, better-to-read road signs. Wisconsin is making all towns do this. The work must be done in a year. Town Board Chairman Leroy Peterson told the supervisors that the new signs must have a minimum of six-inch reflective letters and numbers. This is to make it easier to see for motorists while driving. Peterson also said the lowest bid he received for buying new signs was about $4,500.
Last Thursday morning River Falls police arrested and jailed a 33-year-old local woman for drunk driving with two children passengers under age 16. The woman was also cited for failing to yield at a stop sign at Pine and Winter streets where she crashed into another driver. The woman told police her kids were late for school but also hungry. She was going to take them out for breakfast before bringing them to school later that morning. The crash put an end to those plans.
At 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, River Falls police assisted the FBI in carrying out a search warrant at an apartment building at 905 S. Sycamore St.
On Dec. 8, 1998, River Falls voters approved a four-question $30-million-plus school referendum.
MADISON -- In honor of the Green Bay Packers and their advancement to the Super Bowl against the Steelers, Gov. Scott Walker has announced that the Capitol Dome will be lit in green and gold for the week leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 6. "Beginning next week, the Capitol Dome will be lit in green and gold in honor of the Green Bay Packers," Walker said. "While there are always going to be policy and political differences at the Capitol, we can all agree that we want the Packers to bring the Lombardi Trophy home to Wisconsin.
Local residents will soon be able to participate in the new River Falls Community Education Program, beginning the week of Feb. 14. The Winter Session 2011 catalog will be mailed to every district household on Feb. 1. Area residents will be able to choose from 30 classes including: Taxes 101, Computers for Beginners, Zumba®, Custom Rod Building, Cooking for the Celiac/Gluten Intolerant Person and Basic Photography. Three trips are also being offered. A special "Super Saturday for Women" will be held on Feb. 26 from 9-12 p.m.
Recently River Falls police have been kept busy dealing with errant motorists. Many crashed. Some left the scene. In one instance on North Main Street near Quarry Road, a 16-year-old local girl allegedly drove away after rearending one vehicle that was pushed into another. An off-duty St. Croix County deputy pursued the girl's car, got her to stop and return to the crash site. Officers responded and claimed there was evidence that the 16-year-old and her two female passengers were smoking pot not long before the crash.