Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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June is living up to its reputation as the summer stormy season. Early morning Tuesday, June 19, another storm barreled through western Wisconsin, dumping heavy rain, some hail and triggering continuous lightning and thunder. City of River Falls warning sirens sounded at 4:50 a.m. Some trees and big branches were knocked down. Public Works crews are cleaning up the mess. Most of the rain fell in the first 15 or 20 minutes of the storm. The rainfall total was a half inch. The area hardest hit was Golfview Drive with many boulevard trees down.
For 10 years Janet Ellinger was absorbed and motivated by the teaching profession. She taught physical education and health, and coached athletics, at a middle school and high school in the Kalamazoo area of her native Michigan. But by year eleven something changed. Ellinger has no explanation. "That's when I had to begin making myself go to work," she said. "It felt like anybody could do what I was doing. I wanted something more." So Ellinger quit and did odd jobs for a year.
If someone says, "It's over by the old Ben Franklin...or..."next to the old Tom Thumb," Paul Jensen doesn't need to ask, "What? Where's that?" Born and raised in River Falls, he's familiar with the old landmarks and reference points. And now the 27-year-old Jensen, a war veteran, has joined the River Falls Police Department.
It was ear-splittingly loud Thursday morning, June 14, at the high school's main office as laborers using a concrete vacuum saw, crowbar and sledgehammer to rip and smash out a block wall. The work was part of the security retrofit going on this summer at the high school. The aim is to redirect visitors who enter the building to first pass through the office. The November 2011 referendum that passed will eventually have all five school buildings with similar-arranged offices at the front entrances.
The 2011-12 school year just ended but already you would hardly recognize the inside of Rocky Branch Elementary.
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.