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Alcohol use, a bright moon and a college homecoming, or some mix of the three, seemed to fuel a frenetic week and weekend of law enforcement for River Falls police. Scads of citations were issued for underage drinking and open intoxicants. Those doing the illegal drinking often called attention to themselves, like the couple allegedly having sex in a parked car, engine and radio running, in the 100 block of West Park Street at 12:35 a.m. Sunday, or the 19-year-old UW-River Falls female student found lying on the sidewalk in the 400 block of South Fourth Street at 1:10 a.m.
With winter ahead, Peter Morsch, resource development manager for the local St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity, makes this plea: "Clear out your garages, closets, workshops, basements before the snow flies and give us your stuff. It's hard during tough times like these to give cash, but you can always find stuff you don't need that you can give away." The stuff giving is part of the local Habit for Humanity's collection drive billed as "Fall Haul." It's set for 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct.
If you like being around kids, wouldn't mind helping them in the classroom, and are also looking to reduce your property tax burden, the River Falls School District has just the program for you. To qualify you have to be 62 and own a house within school district borders. "This isn't just some weird idea we thought up," said the school district's Community Education Coordinator Monique Squire. "This program has a proven track record across the country.
A 28-year-old Hastings, Minn., man arrested in Prescott for allegedly choking a woman and fighting with police was later charged with attempted battery of three nurses at River Falls Area Hospital the night of Sept. 26. In a criminal complaint filed by the Pierce County district attorney, Randy S.
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.