Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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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.
A 19-year-old UW-RF freshman was found dead in her dorm room Thursday morning, April 7, by a girlfriend who was waiting for her to show up to have coffee. River Falls police have identified the victim as Kersten J. Greene from Eau Claire. Police say Greene had been dead for some time. There was no attempt to revive her. The friend -- also a UW-RF student -- who found Greene in her bed called 911 right away and reached a Pierce County Sheriff's dispatcher. River Falls Police Sgt. Jon Aubart said there were no signs of trauma or injury to Greene's body.
The Tuesday, April 5, election results are in and the unofficial tally shows the $39-million school district referendum was defeated by a relatively close margin with 2,805 voting NO and 2,624 voting YES.
It started last Wednesday afternoon with the apparent theft of a tip jar downtown at the Dish and the Spoon café. It ended a little later with the arrest of a 28-year-old Hudson man who was chased around ShopKo and finally nabbed as he tried to sprint for his freedom through the front-exit doors. The man told officers after his arrest that he was impressed that they could catch him. The suspect faces charges in both Pierce and St.
On April 5 elections will be held for four council seats in the city of River Falls. Three of those are contested. The following are excerpts from a March 7 City Council candidates forum sponsored by the River Falls Optimist Club. At-large Incumbent Randy Kusilek says the council will be stronger and wiser by keeping the current members who are seasoned, pragmatic and fiscally conservative. "We have some people here that know what's going on." Kusilek said the city has made budget cuts and might have to make more -- just like households in River Falls have done.