Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Those football war of words can bring bloodshed. After bar closing last week Tuesday, a couple of local guys went at it. Seems one took exception to insults about the Green Bay Packers. The Minnesota Vikings were part of the toxic mix. Before long, one guy was spit in the eye. Then there were punches and both tumbled to the pavement, still scuffling. When an officer arrived, friends were tending to a 25-year-old man with a bloody head wound. He was being restrained from pursuing his attacker. A 22-year-old man, the alleged attacker, was found, arrested and booked at the police station.
How do you instill students with a sense of community? Teaching about it is one way. Doing is another. Greenwood Elementary School is "doing" in a big way with The Great Greenwood Giveaway - a big garage sale in the gym at school, 418 N. 8th St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Oct. 2. No items there will have a price tag because everything is free. Like all local public schools, Greenwood is blending "service learning" with its curriculum.
Two female roommates, ages 19 and 20, came to blows because one accused the other of using up, in fact stealing, all the Tampons over the weekend in the 100 block of Broadway Street. There was screaming, pushing and punching.
When Katie Chaffee retired as the public library's event coordinator earlier this year, she said it was the job she always wanted. Carol McClelland was right behind Chaffee in line -- literally.
A taxpayer-financed plan to uniformly modernize all district schools and extend their life span to the middle of the century was passed Monday night by the school board. In April voters must decide if they want to raise their school taxes to cover the $38.5 million the various projects will cost. Only three local citizens asked questions about the plan at Monday's school board meeting.
River Falls police arrested and took to jail a 20-year-old Chisholm, Minn., man for disorderly conduct, property damage and underage drinking after he allegedly shattered a window in his best friend's pickup truck and then pummeled his buddy in the head. This occurred just after 3 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of East Cascade Avenue. The man had been sleeping in a nearby apartment.
Clear your medicine cabinet of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and bring them to the police station Saturday afternoon, Sept. 25. A first-ever federally sponsored "Take-Back" program by the Drug Enforcement Administration is being promoted by the St.
River Falls police were called to an apartment at 1440 Cemetery Road just before midnight Saturday because of a 15-year-old local girl who had gotten sick and passed out from drinking. It turned out she may have consumed at least four shots of vodka. She was found lying on a mattress in a garage, incoherent and moaning, with vomit next to her. She was rushed to the hospital and treated. Two other local teens, both boys, were also cited for underage drinking.
Generally speaking, standardized school test scores in River Falls are always good. They're often very good and sometimes great. The latter would seem to apply to the just-released college-entrance exam results known as the ACT.
While the NFL's TV schedule is always subject to change, it looks like Packer fans in River Falls will likely get to see their home team almost 70% of the time in 2010. That's the word from Dave Nyberg, corporate affairs manager in St. Paul for Comcast, the cable-TV provider for River Falls.