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Next school year Meyer Middle School will again have an assistant principal. That position was downgraded to dean of students for this school year. The newly created position paid slightly less. A dean of students is not allowed to evaluate teachers and staff. Superintendent Tom Westerhaus said it was felt that having an assistant principal to oversee those evaluations was needed.
How would you like to have the American flag set up and proudly flying outside your house on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Flag Day, Veterans Day, parade day of River Falls Day and possibly other suitable occasions? The newly formed River Falls Area Optimist Club can make it happen. "I just think it's a very patriotic way to make our neighborhoods look extra nice for special holidays," said local Optimist Mary Bednarowski.
There was no joking on April 1 when Shelly Moore decided to run against Sheila Harsdorf in a 10th Senate District recall election. She was teaching some very smart juniors and seniors in an advanced placement literature class at Ellsworth High School. On April 1 the class learned that Gov. Scott Walker would end the college tuition reciprocity agreement between Wisconsin and Minnesota. Many of Moore's students were enrolled for the fall at a college in Minnesota. "There was confusion in the class about understanding just what that decision would mean," Moore said.
A 24-year-old Roberts woman was pulled over last Friday night for speeding in the 300 block of East Division Street. The officer who stopped her claimed to smell marijuana in her car. The woman said no, it wasn't pot. Her boyfriend, however, was fond of smoking cigars. Here, and she pulled a cigar stub from her car's ashtray as proof. No, no, the officer said. That's not exactly what I smell. He poked around in the ashtray and allegedly found the end portion of a marijuana joint.
UW-River Falls Plant and Earth Sciences Professor Brian Smith had an old car that he's used for years for campus delivery work upended and wrecked by vandals over the weekend. Smith said he is so disgusted by this senseless act that he's offering a reward for the capture and conviction of those responsible. The culprits found and used lumber to lift and flip the 1986 Dodge Colt that was parked near the university's greenhouse. The car's roof and windows were smashed and left beyond affordable repair. Smith said the car, while old, was kept in perfect condition.
MADISON -- River Falls native and UW-Madison student Brad Lindevig recently won $2,000 in a student competition for innovative ideas to counteract climate change. Lindevig qualified as an exhibiting winner with his team in the third annual Climate Leadership Challenge at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies' Earth Day Conference. Lindevig's project was the BrightWater Initiative, a self-sustaining purification system to reduce deaths from drinking contaminated water in developing countries.
During a one-on-one interview, 10th Senate District Democratic candidate Shelly Moore said she views her candidacy in the recall election against Sheila Harsdorf as expanding what she does in the classroom. Moore, who teaches English/Drama at Ellsworth High School, said she will reach out to 10th District constituents whose voices are no longer being heard. Moore said good teaching is about reaching out to students and stimulating their innate potential. "For me, the biggest thing about this race is that I have no anger directed at Sheila Harsdorf," Moore said.
Earlier this month the last surviving World War 1 combat veteran died in Australia at age 110. The River Falls Municipal Power Plant, circa 1900, is about the same age. Like the WWI combat vet, the local power plant's 110-year-plus lifespan is ending. The shutdown decision is expected to be made official Monday night, June 20, by the River Falls Utility Commission.
Two vehicles crashed on Hwy. 65 south of 830th Ave. just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. One driver, Brennen A. Olson, 17, from Wilson, was taken by River Falls ambulance to River Falls Area Hospital. Olson, in a 2001 Saturn, was southbound as he turned left into a driveway. He was hit by Christopher P. Hansen, 20, River Falls, who was also driving south on Hwy. 65 in a 1994 Acura. Hansen was not hurt. Olson had one passenger, Jessica A. Zappa, 17, River Falls.
Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board says its staff has verified enough valid signatures to hold a recall election against state Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls). The GAB also said it has confirmed enough signatures to hold recall elections for three other Republican senators: Dan Kapanke of La Crosse, Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac and Luther Olsen of Ripon. The board will asked on May 23 to order recall elections against all four lawmakers on July 12.