Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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The Wisconsin Public Service Commission says it will review an application by the River Falls Municipal Utilities to raise water rates by 13%. A rate hike of that magnitude would boost RFMU's annual revenues by $171,437. The PSC will analyze the local utility's submitted data and issue its own proposal, probably sometime in early 2012. After that, public feedback on the proposed rate hike can be sent to the PSC. A public hearing will also be held in Madison, very likely with a link to a room at River Falls City Hall.
World War II hero Dwight Eisenhower was the newly elected American president when Alan Stewart joined the Croix Chordsmen in 1953. In 2011, at age 86, Stewart is still harmonizing strong as a "barbershopper." "I'm a better singer than I ever was a golfer," quips Stewart about his longevity as a member of the St. Croix Valley chapter of the barbershop chorus. "I love the fellowship, the music, and, while I don't play an instrument, I love the singing and have fun doing it.
Area Cable-TV customers through Comcast can once again see WIAA High School Football champions games. Annual high school football championship games have been shown to cable subscribers for more than 20 years. Comcast cable customers in River Falls and town of Troy will find games shown on Access Channel 6. Here's a schedule for the championship games at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison: Thursday, Nov. 17 Division 7 Championship Game - 10 a.m. Greenwood-Granton vs. Seneca Division 6 Championship Game - 1 p.m. Shiocton vs. Fond du Lac St.
River Falls police dragged a bleeding 58-year-old local man away from a house he crashed into at 701 S. Main St. shortly after dark Friday. The collision caused the house's water pipes to leak into the basement. There was also concern a gas line had ruptured that could trigger an explosion. The man, eastbound on Park Street in a 2004 Mazda Tribute before making his errant turn, was taken to the hospital. He was later cited for drunk driving. Officers diverted traffic around the crash site at Main and Park streets.
River Falls residents by the slimmest of margins OK'd the first of three school levy referendum questions Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Beginning Monday, Nov. 14, and continuing until early morning Tuesday, Nov. 15, road construction crews will repair the pavement on westbound I-94 in Hudson. Pavement there buckled due to the extreme heat last summer. Temporary repairs were made. The repairs next week, however, will be permanent. The right through-lane on westbound I-94 will be closed from 10 a .m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will also close the 14th Street entrance to I-94 off of Coulee Road in Hudson during that time.
The polls are open all day today, Tuesday, Nov. 8, until 8 p.m. Only one issue is on the ballot for River Falls school district voters - a referendum tax levy totaling more than $38 million. The referendum will require voters to vote yes or no on three questions. This is the second school referendum in seven months. The first one in April for a similar amount was defeated in a close vote. This time the referendum is broken up into three categories.
River Falls police say a 20-year-old university man allegedly drove the wrong way on one-way Spring Street just before 1 a.m. Friday. Before he could be pulled over, the suspect turned onto Second Street and was spotted driving north in a southbound lane. Again, before he could be stopped, the driver allegedly turned, bumped over the raised median and crossed into the parking lot of First National Bank. He drove to a parking space and stopped on his own. An officer asked the 20-year-old, described as having bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, if he'd been drinking.
A disgruntled ex-employee accused of burglarizing Designer Doors, 702 N. Troy St. in the city's industrial park, has been charged with another business burglary in rural Barron County. The suspect in the Oct. 20 Designer Doors incident is a 35-year-old River Falls man. The River Falls police case, including two felonies for burglary and criminal property damage, is under review by the St. Croix County district attorney.
The Utility Commission approved Nov. 1 the high bid to buy all the power-generating engines and accessories inside the local power plant. The high bidder for $200,000 was from B & T Recycle Services out of Odessa, Tex. River Falls Municipal Utilities General Manager Carl Gaulke said four legitimate bids were received. Another bid was deemed vague and invalid. A formal agreement with B & T is expected to be signed later this month. Gaulke said the company will start hauling away the generators in January.