Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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This Tuesday, June 5, River Falls voters and those across Wisconsin return to the polls in the recall election for governor and lieutenant governor. State opinion polls show that only a tiny percentage of people have yet to make up their minds about who to vote for. The key to winning the recall may hinge on those few undecided voters and which side can generate the largest turnout. In case you missed it, here are the two sets of candidates on the June 5 recall ballot: --For governor: Republican Scott Walker (incumbent) and Democrat Tom Barrett (Milwaukee mayor) --For lieutenant governor:
Drivers in the town of Clifton who use the County Road F bridge near the entrance to Kinnickinnic State Park will have to find alternative routes until mid-fall. Pierce County Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson said the Clifton Hollow Bridge over the Kinnickinnic River will be closed for replacement after Memorial Day. Tentative construction startup is Wednesday, May 30.
Trying to better market the school district to prospective families and students, the school board Monday night, May 21, OK'd logo concepts that establishes a "branding identity." A marketing/branding committee of local volunteers explained its ongoing work to define and promote the school district to the community and beyond. The committee choose the theme word "Potential" as the logo's centerpiece.
River Falls Post 121 American Legion Commander Ed Miller, a Korean War veteran, says Memorial Day is a once-a-year opportunity for citizens: "This is something we can all do to honor all those who have served their country," he said. "By showing up and participating on Memorial Day, you are doing just that. "From my perspective, it's always been a privilege to recognize those service veterans who have stepped forward and made sacrifices for the rest of us." This Monday on Memorial Day the recognition for veterans begins at 9:30 a.m. with a parade at Legion Hall, 701 N.
Tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents are already taking advantage of absentee voting for the June 5 recall election, according to the Government Accountability Board. According to River Falls Deputy City Clerk Bridget Hieb, at least 90,000 absentee ballots had been issued by Wisconsin's local election officials who track them using the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS). A total of 68,000 absentee ballots were tracked in SVRS for the May 8 recall primary. Just over one-third of municipalities track absentee ballots in SVRS, including all the state's large cities.
The St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity's 18-unit Eco Village now has a 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, "official Gold Shovel Ground Breaking" ceremony set. The location for this unique housing project is West Maple Street and Apollo Road in River Falls. The Eco Village, which will include a community education center, will be built on seven acres donated by the city.
A community notification has gone out for registered sex offender Brian K. Lambert. Lambert, from River Falls, will be released from prison Tuesday, May 22, and is expected to live with a relative at 508 Spring St. A community meeting was held at Meyer Middle School in August 2009 about Lambert's prison release and return to River Falls. After that release his supervision was revoked in 2010 and he was sent back to prison. Lambert, 40, is not wanted by police at this time.
MILWAUKEE -- On Friday, May 11, U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin will visit New Richmond, where she will meet with members of the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce to speak about her successful work on the Stillwater Lift Bridge and her plans for to create jobs and grow Wisconsin's economy. In 2011, Congresswoman Baldwin visited the Stillwater Bridge and worked with Democrats and Republican to pass a bipartisan measure to invest in Wisconsin's infrastructure and construct a new bridge over the St. Croix River linking Wisconsin and Minnesota.
At least one person was transported to River Falls Area Hospital mid-morning Thursday, May 10, following a two-vehicle crash on the ShopKo side of the Hwy. 65 overpass in River Falls. A police officer at the scene initially described the female driver's injuries as "friction burns" suffered when an airbag in the Honda CRV deployed. She was later identified as 32-year-old Sheena Rose Marie Singer from New Richmond. The other vehicle involved was a commercial panel van with markings of "Expert Insulation" on the sides.
Early Monday morning, May 7, it was found that the River Falls Police radar trailer had been pummeled by an array of fruit pieces and pickles. In fact, a broken jar of pickles was recovered nearby. Someone also tried to pry open the trailer door, bending the handle. No matter.