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Next school year the River Falls School District will have to cut about a million dollars out of a general fund budget of roughly $30 million. Superintendent Tom Westerhaus discusses what he calls a "very serious situation" in his personal column that accompanies this story. Part of the solution could potentially result in eliminating 15 or more school district employees for the 2012-13 school year. "That's why it's serious because we don't have a declining enrollment, but we would have to figure out how to get along with 15 fewer people," Westerhaus said. Class sizes may also have to incr
Those wanting to choose the public school district their children will attend next year have a chance to do so from Feb. 6-24. State law allows Wisconsin kids to attend public school in a school district other than the one they live in. The completed application must be submitted to the non-resident school district between Feb. 6 and 24. Early and late applications aren't accepted. Parents may request that a child be enrolled in a specific school or program. Those requests aren't guaranteed and are subject to the availability of space and other limitations.
Joseph Fern, formerly of River Falls, died late Tuesday morning, Jan. 10, according to a Regions Hospital spokesperson in St. Paul. River Falls police say Fern was rushed to Regions by ambulance Sunday evening, Jan. 8, after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in the parking lot of St. Croix Lanes bowling alley. According to police, Fern, 27, was in the bowling alley earlier in the day Sunday. He was in his pickup truck when the shooting occurred. Police say no one else was hurt and no foul play is suspected.
River Falls police were called to assist several female tenants at 203 Broadway St. who found a strange man in their apartment Friday morning, Jan. 6. The suspect appeared drunk. He had walked into a bedroom, startling the occupants, then went to a bathroom before getting snuggly on a couch. Officers finally woke the very groggy 22-year-old River Falls man. He had a large bloody bump on his head, and his face and clothes were muddy, as if he'd fallen. The suspect couldn't say what happened to him.
GREEN BAY - Two of the nation's leading Midwest-based general merchandise retail chains, ShopKo Stores and Pamida, said they will merge to create one of the largest U.S. retail chains focused on serving smaller and rural communities. River Falls is the site of one of the 149 Shopkos located in 13 states. According to a news release, the merged chain will have nearly 350 stores in 22 states with plans for more store growth coming later in 2012. Shopko's annual revenues are said to be $2 billion.
Despite its name, the third annual Whitetail Ridge Snowshoe Challenge is not snow dependent. Translated: If the relatively brown winter lingers, the Snowshoe Challenge this Saturday, Dec. 7, will still be held, though participants will change footwear. "There's still going to be a race," said Nick Caliva, president of the Kinnickinnic Off-Road Cyclists, the group sponsoring the event. KORC also sponsors the annual mountain bike Border Battle race every August at the same location -- the hilly trails overlooking Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park. The Snowshoe Challenge will start at 10 a.m.
Someone has been stealing aluminum cans from the recycling bin in the St. Bridget Catholic Church parking lot.
A suspect who allegedly used a pen to jab at -- rather than sign -- Gov. Scott Walker recall petitions last month before walking away and calling himself "George Washington," has been charged for this incident by Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle. In the Dec. 21 criminal complaint, Dennis L. Torkelson, 53, N8439 650th St., was charged with attempt to falsify information and criminal damage to property. Both are misdemeanors punishable by a maximum of a $10,000 fine and nine months in jail. Torkelson is scheduled to answer for these charges at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan.
A 19-year-old Elmwood driver apparently swerved to avoid a deer before losing control of his 2000 Plymouth Neon and flipping several times before coming to a rest on his wheels in a ditch at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. Jesse McKune was taken by Elmwood Ambulance to Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. His accident occurred on Hwy. 72 just north of County Road PP in Pierce County. McKune was driving north. He was wearing a seatbelt. The crash is under investigation. Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by Elmwood Ambulance and Gilles Towing.
Al Zeitz, 475 Valley View, has taken out nomination papers to run for Supervisor No. 4 on the Kinnickinnic Town Board. His papers, like those of any other candidate, must be returned with the required signatures by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. Zeitz is poised to try to succeed incumbent John Humphrey, 1189 River Dr., who has declared that he won't run for the Supervisor No. 4 seat again. Bill Gnatzig, 431 Valley View Road, Supervisor No.