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The River Falls Town Board unanimously voted Monday night, Feb. 21, to allow a six-month trial period to open up a stretch of 720th Street for ATV traffic. The board had discussed the issue at the past two meetings and got negative feedback from some residents living in affected area. The ATV trail in River Falls would hook up with ATV trails on either side in the towns of Trimbelle and Martell. At Monday night's meeting, town resident Mary Waters urged the board to give the ATV trail extension a try, saying, "(ATVs) are no different than driving my personal vehicle.
A one-vehicle rollover on County Road E south of Highway 10 just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, resulted in the injury to the driver, a 19-year-old UW-River Falls student. Allison Murray of Lake City, Minn., was taken by Lifelink Helicopter to an area hospital with underdetermined injuries, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Deputies arrived on the accident scene to find that Murray's 1997 Mercury Moutaineer had missed a curve and rolled several times before ending on its passenger side in the southbound ditch.
The second of five informational meetings on the April 5 $39 million River Falls School District referendum is tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 22, starting at 7 p.m. at the Rocky Branch Elementary School library. The forum is open to all who want to learn more about the need for the referendum. Questions about the referendum can also be asked of school board members. All five of the scheduled forums will open with a presentation about River Falls public schools and what the referendum proposal would do to improve each of them. The Q&A session follows. The first forum was held Feb.
Sure it's still two months away, but the current winter thaw makes it tempting to talk about spring and celebrating Easter. Rose Rude is ready for such talk. She hopes parents of young children will plan to attend the Saturday, April 16, Easter Egg Hunt, at Glen Park. Last year, after a long absence, the River Falls Lions Club and the university's Falcon Fellows brought back the egg hunt. It was highly anticipated, with a turnout of more than 400 kids.
Nearly one-third of the River Falls High School student body walked out of classes Thursday, Feb. 17, just after 10 a.m. They assembled in the parking lot in front of the school's entrance. Principal Elaine Baumann, Superintendent Tom Westerhaus and other school administrators looked on but didn't interfere. The walkout was organized by students Wednesday afternoon and evening through Facebook.
River Falls police arrested a 44 year-old local man for shoplifting over the weekend at downtown's Foster Sports. The man was later picked up at EconoFoods with his five-year-old son. He was allegedly wearing a stolen Green Bay Packer T-shirt under his pullover.
Monique Squire had no idea what to expect. But judging by the early response, the new community education program she's to oversee is off to a flying start. "So far it's been fabulous," Squire said.
Hardy White III, 42, owner of Bubba's Fried Chicken, 109 1/2 S. Main St., was charged Monday with two felonies in the Oct.
MADISON -- A bipartisan group of sixteen Wisconsin legislators sent a letter to Gov.
River Falls firefighters were dispatched to a 1:30 a.m. Feb. 14 fire call at the Bettendorf Excavating property, 285 County Road SS. A building shed was ablaze. The first crews on the scene found flames and smoke coming from the building. Other firefighters responded from Hudson, Roberts, Hammond, Ellsworth and Lower St. Croix. It took about four hours to completely put out the blaze. High winds and the collapse of the shed's metal roof hampered firefighting efforts. The building sustained major damage. Some equipment inside on the north end appears salvageable. There were no injuries.