Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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The school board recognized several people at its regular meeting the evening of Monday, Feb. 20 and approved a half-time coordinator's description for the new four-year-old kindergarten program. School board member Rich Gerczak congratulated and handed out "Wildcat Pride" certificates to: Three Meyer Middle School students for having their artwork displayed at the 2012 State Education Convention in Milwaukee.
A broken water main beneath Ninth Street on the block between Meyer Middle School resulted in the cancellation of classes Wednesday, Feb. 22. River Falls Municipal Utilities General Manager Carl Gaulke later reported that the breakage was repaired by 10 a.m. Superintendent Tom Westerhaus said there was no water damage at Meyer. Westerhaus alerted all parents and staff by way of the River Falls School District's automated calling program shortly after 6 a.m.
A 27-year-old man was found wandering inside of Lori's Massage, 303 N. Second St., just as it was about to open Tuesday morning, Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day). The suspect was in the hair-dressing area. Police were summoned. The man, who claimed he'd just moved to River Falls, had no idea where he was. It was soon learned the man lived near the public library. He told an officer the last thing he recalled was having a couple of drinks at home.
Voters on the city's southwest side will go to the high school polling station Tuesday, Feb. 21, to eliminate one of three candidates running for District 4 City Council in the spring election. Profiles of the three candidates appear further on in this story. This is the only primary election in the city of River Falls.
A tall crane from Graphic House in Wausau removed and installed a new entrance sign for River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls Medical Clinic and Kinnic Health and Rehab Thursday morning, Feb. 16. The old sign had faded after many years of exposure in the sun. Some 45 updated "directional signs" for the hospital and clinic campuses are expected to be added throughout the year. Some will reflect newer services provided by the hospital, such as Rivers Cancer Center and Sister Kenney Rehabilitation.
Two vehicles crashed at the intersection of County Road JJ and County Road M in the town of Kinnickinnic at 8 a.m. this morning, Thursday, Feb. 16. Both autos were badly damaged, possibly totaled and needed to be towed. Neither driver was seriously hurt. One, however, had to be taken by River Falls Ambulance to the hospital. That driver was Kunisha Perkins, 17, 1408 Evergreen Drive. Perkins, who was southbound on County JJ, was also given a $187.90 citation by a St.
A 21-year-old Crystal, Minn., woman allegedly shattered a window and broke into an apartment after claiming to see her girlfriend sleeping in bed with another woman around 4 a.m. Sunday at 308 S. Winter St. River Falls police stopped the woman outside as she tried to leave. She allegedly was brawling with three other female tenants in the apartment.
Democrat State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who has announced her bid to run for governor in the expected summer recall election, spoke before a large crowd in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library Sunday afternoon. Vinehout, a former dairy farmer and college professor from Alma, represents a chunk of the River Falls area in Pierce County.
The outcome of a recent special school board meeting for the sale of millions of dollars of bonds was better than anyone dreamed. School Finance Director Chad Smurawa said interest rates for municipal bonds had hit a 30-year low, then dipped again since December. As a result, the school board accepted a very favorable low bid on the sale of $15,660,000 in general obligations bonds. Most of it applied to last November's referendum. The rest was refinanced debt from building the high school a decade ago. The winning bid with an interest rate of 2.48% went to United Bank of Switzerland.
Two people were arrested and jailed Monday, Feb. 6, at Cudd's trailer court, 1450 S. Wasson Lane, for allegedly making a deal to sell methamphetamine. Both were charged by the Pierce County district attorney with delivery of meth felonies. The two are a pregnant 28-year-old city of River Falls woman and a 27-year-old city of River Falls man wanted for a felony drug possession warrant in Isanti County, Minn. Meth is a highly addictive stimulant affecting the nervous system. It increases wakefulness and physical activity, but also blood pressure and produces rapid and irregular heartbeat.