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Due to the extremely dry weather and high winds being forecasted for the next few days, River Falls Assistant Fire Chief Mike Moody said a burning ban went into effect at noon Thursday, Oct. 6. This affects the River Falls area and beyond.
A 48-year-old Hammond man's son was badly injured after the boy was thrown from a 2007 Ford Ranger pickup truck. The Hammond driver was going around a curve when he lost control. The truck went into a ditch and flipped several times. The rollover occurred at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, on Hwy. 29 south of 690th Avenue in the town of Clifton. Dale P. Rapp, 48 is the driver. He was not seriously injured. Rapp's son, Zeke Orme, was listed by the Pierce County Sheriff Department as a "minor child." Rapp apparently was eastbound on Hwy.
A 22-year-old UW-RF student thought he was back home in Vadnais Heights, Minn. Alas, he only made it as far as the 300 block of East Walnut Street in River Falls. There, a female tenant had returned home just before 3 a.m. Saturday and found a strange man passed out on her couch. She called River Falls police. An officer couldn't rouse the young man, so he performed a "sternum rub" and then a "deeper sternum rub" before the man on the couch came to. Asked where he thought he was, the man said he was "over at his place." He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for a checkup.
Questioned about worldwide censorship trends heading into the year 2012, Nicholas Karolides smiles and says, "Well, after all these years, I'm still in this business.
If you liked what you saw last year, this year should be just as good. If you missed last year, this is your chance. Greenwood Elementary is holding the school's second annual Great Greenwood Getaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the school gym. At the GGG, you can expect to find books, toys, games, adults' and kids' clothes, jackets, coats, shoes, boots, along with miscellaneous (non-electronic) household items. More than 600 shoppers were counted for the inaugural 2010 GGG.
Requests from potential buyers to extend bidding for five River Falls Power Plant dual-fuel combustion turbine engines was recently granted. River Falls Municipal Utilities (RFMU) Manager Carl Gaulke said there's enough interest in the bidding process that he decided to extend the deadline from Sept. 15 to Oct. 17. Several interested parties asked for more time to prepare their bids. Gaulke said he's already received two bids, but they will remain sealed until the extended date for opening bids. Journal readers may recall that the local power plant has been in shutdown mode since July.
River Falls police have yet to find the burglar of a house in the 400 block of North Third Street last week Tuesday morning, Sept. 20. A woman there said she took her son to school and didn't get back until late morning. Her front door was left unlocked. During her absence, an intruder slipped in and took two iPods, a Blackberry cell phone, an iPhone, some medications and jewelry. The drugs were taken from a medicine cabinet; the jewelry from a box in the bedroom. Police also are: --Investigating a stolen 2005 Dodge Ram truck taken very early Saturday morning, Sept.
School district residents voted to approve a proposed school tax levy that's expected to drop for the average local property owner by almost 1%. The unanimous voice vote Monday night at the high school media center took place during the school district's Annual Meeting. Eligible adult voters in the school district can vote yes or no on a new school tax levy. The levy goes to support the general fund of the school district's yearly budget.
Starting later this fall, those who apply for and get a state license will be able to walk around in public with a gun or knife. There will, however, be places where carrying such a weapon won't be allowed, such as: Police station, jail, prison, county or state courthouse, municipal courtroom in session, school grounds. "Agencies are working on procedures for implementing the law, and this will take some time as we all learn the effects of the new statute," River Falls Police Sgt. Jon Aubart said. The application process relating to Wisconsin's new Concealed Carry Law opens Nov.
The school board at its regular Monday night, Sept. 19, unanimously approved a second referendum in just over a half year. The first referendum for just under $39 million failed in a close vote last April. The new one in November will be for slightly more than $38 million, but it will be broken up into three questions. Each separate question will be for a different phase of repairs, upgrades and additions, and carry its own price tag. The school board also approved a land swap with the Lyle and Roberta Johnson family, town of River Falls, along the Kinnickinnic River southwest of the city.