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Despite its name, the third annual Whitetail Ridge Snowshoe Challenge is not snow dependent. Translated: If the relatively brown winter lingers, the Snowshoe Challenge this Saturday, Dec. 7, will still be held, though participants will change footwear. "There's still going to be a race," said Nick Caliva, president of the Kinnickinnic Off-Road Cyclists, the group sponsoring the event. KORC also sponsors the annual mountain bike Border Battle race every August at the same location -- the hilly trails overlooking Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park. The Snowshoe Challenge will start at 10 a.m.
Someone has been stealing aluminum cans from the recycling bin in the St. Bridget Catholic Church parking lot.
A suspect who allegedly used a pen to jab at -- rather than sign -- Gov. Scott Walker recall petitions last month before walking away and calling himself "George Washington," has been charged for this incident by Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle. In the Dec. 21 criminal complaint, Dennis L. Torkelson, 53, N8439 650th St., was charged with attempt to falsify information and criminal damage to property. Both are misdemeanors punishable by a maximum of a $10,000 fine and nine months in jail. Torkelson is scheduled to answer for these charges at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan.
A 19-year-old Elmwood driver apparently swerved to avoid a deer before losing control of his 2000 Plymouth Neon and flipping several times before coming to a rest on his wheels in a ditch at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. Jesse McKune was taken by Elmwood Ambulance to Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. His accident occurred on Hwy. 72 just north of County Road PP in Pierce County. McKune was driving north. He was wearing a seatbelt. The crash is under investigation. Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by Elmwood Ambulance and Gilles Towing.
Al Zeitz, 475 Valley View, has taken out nomination papers to run for Supervisor No. 4 on the Kinnickinnic Town Board. His papers, like those of any other candidate, must be returned with the required signatgures by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. Zeitz is poised to try to succeed incumbent John Humphrey, 1189 River Dr., who has declared that he won't run for the Supervisor No. 4 seat again. Bill Gnatzig, 431 Valley View Road, Supervisor No.
Al Zeitz, 475 Valley View, has taken out nomination papers to run for Supervisor No. 4 on the Kinnickinnic Town Board. His papers, like those of any other candidate, must be returned with the required signatures by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. Zeitz is poised to try to succeed incumbent John Humphrey, 1189 River Dr., who has declared that he won't run for the Supervisor No. 4 seat again. Bill Gnatzig, 431 Valley View Road, Supervisor No.
Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, two vehicles crashed at the intersection of County Road B and 890th Ave. in the town of Gilman. The injured drivers were Reid A. Clark, 22, Eagan, Minn., and Brandon P. Nelson, 19, Spring Valley. Nelson was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated. The injured passenger, Luke S. Schmitt, 21, Spring Valley, was in Clark's vehicle. Traffic at this intersection is controlled by stop signs.
Jill Dexheimer may be familiar to some for her roles in the community. She's an active parent at Westside Elementary, including being on the yearbook committee, because two of her daughters go to school there. From 2007-09 she was a part-time communications coordinator for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce. She helped plan and organize events for River Falls Days. For 18 months her byline has appeared in the Journal. She's covered the towns of Kinnickinnic and River Falls as a freelance reporter. Friday the 33-year-old Dexheimer was hired as the Journal's news clerk/reporter.
Following a River Falls Police investigation, Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle has filed a criminal complaint against Dennis L. Torkelson, 37, of rural River Falls, for his alleged role in damaging petitions relating to the Wisconsin recall drive of Gov. Scott Walker. The incident occurred just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, on Main Street in front of EconoFoods. Torkelson has been charged with two misdemeanors for falsifying information and for criminal damage to property. He will be asked to appear in Pierce County Circuit Court at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan.
Those who wish to run for local public office this spring have until the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 3, to get their candidacies officially filed. Wednesday morning, Dec.