Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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The early spring snowstorm that seems to have taken more of a southerly track has forced the River Falls School District to call off school early today, (Wednesday, March 23). All schools will close two hours earlier than scheduled. For the high school and middle school, that means students will be released at 12:30 p.m. For the elementary schools, students will be released at 1:30 p.m. For parents who can't get to their elementary school-age children for the early release, Kids Club will be available to take them in.
River Falls police were asked to track down and find a suspect who had made off with a batch of Sen. Sheila Harsdorf recall petition signatures late Sunday afternoon. The alleged theft occurred on the sidewalk near EconoFoods. The male suspect pretended he wanted to sign the petition to recall Harsdorf but instead swiped the forms with signatures and drove off. The man drove back in five minutes and tossed the petition toward the group of volunteers. Either it was a poor throw or they couldn't catch.
The name sounds innocent, old fashioned: Bath salts. But police, local and state officials say to watch out. A new bath salt being marketed, while legal in Wisconsin, is nothing more than a "synthetic cocaine-like drug." A small but possibly growing number of buyers use it to snort, swallow and even shoot up to get high. Typically it comes in powder or granular form. State toxicologist Lynda Knobeloch with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said the bath salt drug is "very addictive." "It's very confusing, but the way it's marketed is a ruse," Knobeloch said.
River Falls police arrested a 54-year-old woman at her home for stalking, disorderly conduct and intimidation. She was also arrested for resisting the efforts of an officer to handcuff her in her backyard. The woman lives in the 400 block of North Second Street last week.
Hiring committees for Mark Chapin at Meyer Middle School and Rita Humbert at Westside Elementary School are recommending that the school board eliminate the "acting" from their job titles. The full school board will vote on the recommendations next Monday evening, March 21. Chapin and Humbert are acting principals at their schools for the 2010-11 school year. Chapin was Meyer Middle School's assistant principal the year before. Before that he was assistant principal at Ellsworth Senior High.
Four incumbents running for re-election said times are tough, but the city is well-run, fiscally prudent and needs the guiding experience of the current City Council. The three young challengers, in respectful tones, agreed that times are tough, that the current City Council means well but that it lacks innovation and a fresh approach. These themes emerged during the Monday, March7, candidates forum at City Hall, sponsored by the River Falls Optimist Club. While three of the four council races are contested, the forum was sparsely attended.
Crystal DuBois said after 12 draining hours of labor, it was a shock to have her nine-pound son whisked away soon after delivery, before she could hold him. "It's not fun to be left in a hospital without your baby," she said of the Oct. 26, 2010, birth of Brody DuBois. Shortly after being born and unable to breathe on his own, Brody was airlifted from Hudson Hospital to Children's Hospital in St. Paul.
River Falls police found a 27-year-old man inside his car that was running, but stuck in a snowbank at Ninth and Spring streets after midnight last week. The driver was unhurt. A search of his stuck car allegedly turned up marijuana, a glass pipe, a bag with bullets and a loaded black Ruger handgun. A tow truck was called to remove the man's car.
Local stuttering expert Jerry Halvorson agrees that "The King's Speech" deserved best-picture Oscar for exposing a condition that brings humiliation and is stigmatized, misunderstood and mistreated. Like the stammering King George VI in the movie, the problem begins early in life, usually before a child starts school. Repressed guilt and shame fan the speech impediments. However, Halvorson claims that stuttering is not a problem.
A candidates' forum Monday, March 7 will put the spotlight on candidates running in four City Council races, three of which are contested. The spring election is five weeks away on April 5. Sponsored by the River Falls Area Optimist Club, the forum takes place at City Hall, 222 Lewis St., in the council chambers from 7-8:30 p.m. Here's a breakdown of the races: District 1, Tom Caflisch (incumbent) 508 Roosevelt Court; and Todd Coleman, 625 Pine Ridge Terrace. District 2, Jim Nordgren (incumbent), 1144 South Fork Drive; and Eunice Beauchman, 726 S.