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By the next school year, parents of four-year-olds may have the option of enrolling their kids in pre-kindergarten classes with local childcare providers. The program, if passed next month by the River Falls school board, would be financed and sponsored by the school district. The classes would be taught by state-licensed teachers hired by participating local providers.
Salvation Army bell ringers are already making noise at the entrances to EconoFoods, Dick's Fresh Market and ShopKo in River Falls, and Hinck's Economart in Ellsworth. Local Salvation Army Chairman Ed Paulson says the aim is to capture the charitable spirit during the busy shopping days leading up to Thanksgiving Day. Last year charitable giving for the Salvation Army nosedived.
Just after 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, power was cut off at most buildings on the UW-River Falls campus. The culprit was an unlucky squirrel that chewed through some electrical power lines. A transformer blew. According to UW-RF spokesman Blake Fry, power was restored faster to some parts of the campus. North Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts and the University Center were the last buildings to get power back. All it all, it took about an hour and a half before the entire UW-RF campus was back operating at full power.
Over the years Nettie Nolen has been hospitalized and treated for bipolar II disorder. This means she's had to endure reoccurring bouts of severe depression. Beyond vital medical care, Nolen says what a person with a mental sickness often needs most is camaraderie. "It's good to be with peers, those who've been through mental-health issues," Nolen said.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission says it will review an application by the River Falls Municipal Utilities to raise water rates by 13%. A rate hike of that magnitude would boost RFMU's annual revenues by $171,437. The PSC will analyze the local utility's submitted data and issue its own proposal, probably sometime in early 2012. After that, public feedback on the proposed rate hike can be sent to the PSC. A public hearing will also be held in Madison, very likely with a link to a room at River Falls City Hall.
World War II hero Dwight Eisenhower was the newly elected American president when Alan Stewart joined the Croix Chordsmen in 1953. In 2011, at age 86, Stewart is still harmonizing strong as a "barbershopper." "I'm a better singer than I ever was a golfer," quips Stewart about his longevity as a member of the St. Croix Valley chapter of the barbershop chorus. "I love the fellowship, the music, and, while I don't play an instrument, I love the singing and have fun doing it.
Area Cable-TV customers through Comcast can once again see WIAA High School Football champions games. Annual high school football championship games have been shown to cable subscribers for more than 20 years. Comcast cable customers in River Falls and town of Troy will find games shown on Access Channel 6. Here's a schedule for the championship games at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison: Thursday, Nov. 17 Division 7 Championship Game - 10 a.m. Greenwood-Granton vs. Seneca Division 6 Championship Game - 1 p.m. Shiocton vs. Fond du Lac St.
River Falls police dragged a bleeding 58-year-old local man away from a house he crashed into at 701 S. Main St. shortly after dark Friday. The collision caused the house's water pipes to leak into the basement. There was also concern a gas line had ruptured that could trigger an explosion. The man, eastbound on Park Street in a 2004 Mazda Tribute before making his errant turn, was taken to the hospital. He was later cited for drunk driving. Officers diverted traffic around the crash site at Main and Park streets.
River Falls residents by the slimmest of margins OK'd the first of three school levy referendum questions Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Beginning Monday, Nov. 14, and continuing until early morning Tuesday, Nov. 15, road construction crews will repair the pavement on westbound I-94 in Hudson. Pavement there buckled due to the extreme heat last summer. Temporary repairs were made. The repairs next week, however, will be permanent. The right through-lane on westbound I-94 will be closed from 10 a .m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will also close the 14th Street entrance to I-94 off of Coulee Road in Hudson during that time.