Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Due to increased demand, the River Falls Shared-Ride Taxi service is adding more Saturday service hours during the holiday season and through the winter months. Fall ridership has increased by 12% over last year. To maintain service levels, an additional vehicle and driver will be added each Saturday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The taxi service is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The taxi fares are subsidized through federal, state and county grants and with local funding from the city of River Falls.
Gloria Wahrenbrock has filed paperwork with the town of Troy stating that she will not be a be a candidate again for supervisor. Wahrenbrock is one of four supervisors on the Troy Town Board. The town of Troy, unlike many other towns, has switched this year from a caucus system to a primary system to nominate candidates. The neighboring town of Kinnickinnic made the same switch a few years ago. That means that those who are interested in running for Town Board should go to the Troy Town Hall and pick up their candidacy forms.
Last Thursday evening, a 19-year-old local college student was stopped for trying to leave EconoFoods without paying for a 1.75 liter, $27 bottle of Sky vodka. The bottle was allegedly found stashed in his coat pocket. A store security clerk then told police this was the same suspect who got away exactly a week ago after stealing vodka. The student supposedly fessed up to both shoplifting incidents. Because he was underage, the student was also given a fine for an underage person procuring liquor.
The school board, which has two seats up for the spring election, has so far registered two official candidates: Stacy Johnson Myers and Richard Gerczak, town of Troy. Rellen Hardtke has the other board seat. She has yet to register.
A 21-year-old university male student was arrested by police for allegedly camping out in the garage of a woman's house on Pearl Street just before dawn Friday. She was frightened and called for help. The young man was picked up several blocks away. He was walking in his socks and wearing his coat backwards. Question by officers, the suspect said he'd been drinking at a buddy's house, then at a downtown bar, but what happened after that was anybody's guess. From what police could tell, the man may have gone to sleep in the woman's garage.
A two-day volunteer project at Ezekiel Lutheran Church will culminate in a Scandinavian Bake Sale and Christmas Tea from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Open to the public, the gathering for food and refreshments will take place in the church's Fellowship Hall. Guests can use the front-door entrance from Second Street. Thursday morning volunteers started by peeling 110 pounds of potatoes. The next shift of volunteers got involved with cooking, mashing and ricing, adding salt, sugar and shortening.
Voting again may seem like a long way off, but registration is underway for the spring elections held in April. There is already one confirmed new candidate running for two available seats on the school board. Should you choose to become a school board candidate, stop in at the district's administrative office, 852 E. Division St., and ask for the two forms you'll need -- Campaign Registration Statement and Declaration of Candidacy. Once filled out and turned in, you become a school board candidate.
Earlier this year Paul Goudreault, longtime resident of the town of Kinnickinnic, was named CEO of Designer Doors, 702 Troy St., in the city's industrial park. Designer Doors will have an open house with plant tours 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6. The event is open to the public and will include snacks and refreshments.
Thanksgiving proved to be a quiet week for crime fighting in River Falls, but police were kept busy nabbing shoplifters. ShopKo appears to be the shoplifting store of choice.
Acting on a tip last Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 17, that the son of a woman resident at Kinnic Long Term Care was coming to say goodbye to her before killing his siblings who live in the area, the nursing home, hospital and clinic locked doors as a safety measure. The 52-year-old male suspect lives in St. Croix Beach, Minn. He never reached River Falls to carry out his threats, including that he would also kill himself. Instead he was arrested at his home by Washington County, Minn., sheriff's deputies.