Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Maybe it was inevitable. A group of people late last Tuesday night, April 3, were playing Cards Against Humanity, a politically incorrect party game. Someone apparently joked about child molestation. A 38-year-old Plum City man erupted angrily, allegedly scattering the cards, breaking a beer bottle, a lamp, throwing a chair and later smashing a wine bottle. Some of the card players raced to a bedroom, locked the door and called 911.
Armed with a sharp understanding of math and science, as well as a knack for imaginative fun, a group of River Falls High School students founded a Robotics Club last year, grew it since then, and competed as Team Reach for the third time early this year. Though not a school-sanctioned group, the Robotics Club started at RFHS with seven students and has grown to 16. The group casually entered a state-level championship robot-building competition in 2011 and earned a 3rd place. This year Team Reach scored a 2nd out of 24 teams at a similar contest during February in Savage, Minn.
After coasting to wins by roughly 2-1 margins in his past contested elections, River Falls Mayor Don "DR" Richards admitted Thursday, April 5, that, "I didn't work hard enough to win this election." Richards said "overconfidence and laziness" on his part proved to be a fatal mix in his unofficial 935-921 defeat in the April 3 election to political novice Dan Toland.
School district administrators have prepared a $900,000 budget reduction package to plug a projected deficit for the 2012-13 school year. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Meyer Middle School library that proposal will be reviewed for the public. A 20-30 minute presentation on the cuts will be followed by time for comments and questions. School board members will attend to gauge the feedback. "This has been a very deliberate process, and we want people to understand how it was done," said School Board President Stacy Johnson Myers.
Unofficial vote totals from the Tuesday, April 3, spring election show that four-term incumbent Don Richards was upset by challenger Dan Toland for the River Falls mayor job. The tally was Toland 935 votes, Richards 921. Yet to be counted: 22 absentee ballots that have not been returned. If they are postmarked no later than April 3 and received by 4 p.m.
They claimed they were being paid to get back some pot that a friend in Prescott lost in a burglary. To show they meant business for the job, they allegedly brought a handgun and brass knuckles. The three males suspects, one a UW-River Falls student, targeted someone living in a rental duplex in the 900 block of Sycamore Street after dark last Thursday night, March 29. They were seen wearing dark clothing. One suspect opened the door inside the duplex. A man inside was playing a video game. For some reason the suspects had a change of heart and quickly left.
People who regularly drive East Cascade Avenue between Spruce and Oak Knoll, get ready to drive elsewhere. After spring election day Tuesday, April 3, Cascade will be closed for a major overhaul until near the time of the presidential election in early November. "There will be no east-west traffic on Cascade," said City Engineer Reid Wronski. That segment of Cascade will be torn up, reconfigured and repaved, with new lighting, median landscaping, roundabouts and underground utilities installed. Preliminary work starts Wednesday, April 4 and continues through Friday, April 6. Traffic contr
A recent release of the annual Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exam (WKCE) scores that, overall, River Falls students generally perform higher than their peers in this part of the state. The tests were given last November. On average, River Falls students scored higher than their counterparts in the Big Rivers Athletic Conference. Hudson was right behind.
This Tuesday, April 3, voters can go to the polls to cast ballots for school, town, city, county, and judge candidates. The still-contested Republican presidential primary between Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul also comes to Wisconsin and River Falls voters April 3. President Barack Obama is running unopposed in the Democratic Wisconsin primary. Many local and area elections are uncontested. This includes the school board race in River Falls. Incumbents Alan Tuchtenhagen, Mike Miller and Barb Kolpin are running unopposed. Polls everywhere open at 7 a.m.
In the Journal's March 29 print edition, some city wards on where to vote were not correctly updated. If you live in the city of River Falls, please recheck the information that follows. You can also check by going to the city's website at www.rfcity.org .com or call City Clerk Lu Ann Hecht at 715-426-3408. --District 1, at the National Guard Armory, for wards 1-4 in St.