Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Balanced on a ladder, Karen Marsh was up in tree branches trying to hang a ghoul mask. One of the braces to secure the ladder was unfastened. Marsh swayed and took a spill. She got back up but her right foot hurt. Pah, it was only noon! So much to do! Outdoor Halloween decorations don't just appear by black magic. Marsh swallowed some Advil and kept hobbling, positioning more ghosts, skeletons and grim reapers. Eight hours later and long after darkness, she called it a day. By now her painful foot was throbbing.
The stats tell the big story. In 2010, River Falls police issued 2,710 tickets for drivers violating the city's odd/even overnight winter parking law. From just January through March of 2011, 1,601 tickets were issued to violators. Police Chief Roger Leque isn't bragging. He wants those numbers to plunge. His reasoning is simple: Vehicles left parked on the wrong side of the road create obstacles for city snow-plow crews. Those obstacles make it harder, more hazardous to clear streets so that traffic can pass through safely. Plowers must return once violators drive off or are towed.
A 26-year-old local man said he was trying to do something nice by preparing dinner for his girlfriend last week Thursday night, Oct. 20. River Falls police say it ended with the couple arguing and then the man not only choking the woman, but also biting her, slapping her, banging her head and pulling her hair. The woman fled to Cottage Grove, Minn., and reported the incident to police there who contacted River Falls police. It was later learned that the couple had argued about the man's drinking.
To vote by absentee ballot in the city of River Falls for the upcoming school referendum, you must first be a registered voter. City residents may obtain an absentee ballot by making a written request to have a ballot mailed to them or they can appear in person at the city clerk's office at City Hall. Your written request must list your voting address within the city of River Falls, your name, the date of the election and where you need the ballot sent to if different than your home address. Last day to request a ballot be mailed to you is Thursday, Nov.
A 22-year-old UW-RF student who was tossed out of a downtown bar just before 2 a.m. Friday took out his frustrations on a large sign outside that advertised $1 drinks. The student allegedly gave the sign the boot, knocking it over. An officer saw the kick, saw the sign fall and told the student to pick up the sign. No way, said the student. His friend offered to pick up the $1 drink sign. No way, said the officer.
Around 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, a corn dryer blaze was called in from the Jeffrey Most Farm, W12964 Hwy. 29. Firefighters responded from River Falls, Prescott and Ellsworth. Also the Prescott ambulance was summoned. The fire was eventually extinguished. It remains under investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.
Talk about a dynasty. The River Falls High School Marching Wildcats took first place in Class AAA at the State Marching Band Championships Saturday at UW-Whitewater for the fifth consecutive year. The Wildcats show "Somewhere over a Nightmare" also captured three of four Caption awards, including Best Color Guard, Best Musical Presentation and Best Visual Presentation. The band is led by directors Bryan Jaeckel and Joe Coughlin.
She is well known as the outpatient surgical nurse at River Falls Area Hospital and, maybe even more so, as a founder of the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties. Mary Conroy Johnson has been married for 33 years to Dr. Bob Johnson, a longtime family practitioner at RFAH and an equally committed organizer and volunteer, like Mary, to the River Falls-based free clinic. Mary is 59, wasn't overweight or on regular medications. Though a very busy person, she's not physically that active but considers herself fit except for some arthritis. Yet on Aug.
Driving in the countryside most of us have seen cornstalks maturing to seven or eight feet tall in farm fields. But how about one that's over 12 feet tall? And grown by the side of an apartment building on Main Street? The giant cornstalk planter is 87-year-old Ross Pierson. He's a retired farmer but claims those skills had little do with the super-sized plant. "It's just the seeds and a pretty generous use of Miracle-Gro fertilizer," Ross says. "I watered it when I could with a bucket." The corn seeds are special tropical imports from Mexico and Brazil.
As of Thursday, Oct. 13, the River Falls Fire Department lifted the burning ban from last week following Wednesday's steady rain that also brought cooler temperatures. The ban, brought on by drought conditions, applied to the city of River Falls and surrounding towns. In its update, the Fire Department did add offer this advice: "As we get into another nice weekend things will start to dry out again, so (we) ask that people continue to use caution when cooking outdoors or having recreational fires.