Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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A 22-year-old River Falls man took a right hook to the ribs in front of Boomer's Bar, 106 N. Main St., at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Patrick's Day. The victim claimed he was protecting a young lady who was shoved by another man. He collapsed after the blow to the ribs, got back up but couldn't stand straight. His attacker fled. The victim had his buddy take him to the hospital. River Falls police also: --Arrested a 26-year-old Woodbury, Minn., man for disorderly conduct in the downtown median at bar closing at 2:20 a.m. Sunday.
Rocky Branch third graders in Dawn Follstad's class recently learned how to write haiku, a poetic form originating in Japan centuries ago and now practiced worldwide. In Japan, these flash poems were valued for the simplicity, openness, depth and lightness. English translations structure the haiku in a three-line, 17 syllable format. Syllables are arranged as 5/7/5 per line. Many Japanese Samurai warriors and Zen monks used haiku writing as part of their spiritual disciplines. Haiku often used seasonal imagery but describe just about anything.
There's no shortage of bad guys around the world trying to swindle you. River Falls Police Sergeant Jon Aubart warns: "If you are asked to send money to get anything, forget it!" That advice, however, wouldn't help a River Falls family. Last month they had their $71,000 Home Equity loan stolen from a local credit union through a scheme that disconnected their AT&T land line phone and had those calls rerouted. The person was then able to call the credit union, pretend to be a family member, and have the loan amount rerouted to a bank in Greensburg, Indiana.
At Rocky Branch Elementary School, the piloted STEP seems to be a precocious program with a growing fan base. "If we were to lose it, it would rip out one of the essential services we provide for our students," says Rocky Branch Principal Chuck Eaton. Third grade teacher Pam Friede said her two students working with a STEP coach have "seen increased spelling scores, an increase in classroom participation and overall social growth." STEP -- Senior Tax Exchange Program -- was introduced for a trial run last fall in the River Falls School District.
River Falls police chased, caught and arrested a 22-year-old local man for battery and disorderly conduct at Coach's Bar and Grill at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, March 4. The suspect had fled on foot, going east. He was found lying near a parked car at Fourth and Elm streets. The man allegedly punched a 25-year-year local man. There was bad blood between them because of a fight in another incident a few months ago. This time, the alleged victim said his attacker in the bar turned as if to walk way, then quickly turned back and smacked him several times around the eye.
Keep your eye on her: Maura Watson, 17, River Falls High School junior. She's on the move and thinking big. Come March 19, Watson steps in as a nonvoting student representative on the seven-member school board. Late last year the board approved the idea of adding a student.
A recent note from a Rocky Branch first grader is addressed to "Miss Moyer." In large block letters, it thanks Moyer for teaching the Pledge of Allegiance, for teaching the student "how not to be a bully and how to stand up for myself." For Laurie Moyer that kind of feedback is as rewarding as the plaque she collected last week in Madison for being named elementary school counselor of the year. "I don't need an award to feel validated," said Moyer, Rocky Branch's counselor since the school opened in 1991.
Being dishonest put Bradley Hetchler further in the hole in Pierce County Circuit Court last Tuesday. The 20-year-old River Falls native was being sentenced for two counts of felony third degree sexual assault. His alleged dishonesty caught the attention of Judge Joseph Boles. Boles explained before handing down his sentence that when Hetchler pled guilty to the charges in December, he admitted in court that he was guilty of those crimes.
Even with the incumbents running unopposed in the spring election, all three have agreed to participate in a March 7 school board forum. The 90-minute candidate forum will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall in the City Council chambers.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city of River Falls population was an even 15,000. Over the winter the state Department of Transportation installed three new signs to reflect that figure around River Falls. The one above is on Hwy. 29/35 on the way in from Prescott. Street Supervisor Terry Kusilek said the city may acquire two more population signs -- one for state Hwy. 29 east and one for state Hwy. 35N. A 2000 population sign west of the city on County Road MM will likely be removed and not replaced.