Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Last Thursday evening, a 19-year-old local college student was stopped for trying to leave EconoFoods without paying for a 1.75 liter, $27 bottle of Sky vodka. The bottle was allegedly found stashed in his coat pocket. A store security clerk then told police this was the same suspect who got away exactly a week ago after stealing vodka. The student supposedly fessed up to both shoplifting incidents. Because he was underage, the student was also given a fine for an underage person procuring liquor.
The school board, which has two seats up for the spring election, has so far registered two official candidates: Stacy Johnson Myers and Richard Gerczak, town of Troy. Rellen Hardtke has the other board seat. She has yet to register.
A 21-year-old university male student was arrested by police for allegedly camping out in the garage of a woman's house on Pearl Street just before dawn Friday. She was frightened and called for help. The young man was picked up several blocks away. He was walking in his socks and wearing his coat backwards. Question by officers, the suspect said he'd been drinking at a buddy's house, then at a downtown bar, but what happened after that was anybody's guess. From what police could tell, the man may have gone to sleep in the woman's garage.
A two-day volunteer project at Ezekiel Lutheran Church will culminate in a Scandinavian Bake Sale and Christmas Tea from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Open to the public, the gathering for food and refreshments will take place in the church's Fellowship Hall. Guests can use the front-door entrance from Second Street. Thursday morning volunteers started by peeling 110 pounds of potatoes. The next shift of volunteers got involved with cooking, mashing and ricing, adding salt, sugar and shortening.
Voting again may seem like a long way off, but registration is underway for the spring elections held in April. There is already one confirmed new candidate running for two available seats on the school board. Should you choose to become a school board candidate, stop in at the district's administrative office, 852 E. Division St., and ask for the two forms you'll need -- Campaign Registration Statement and Declaration of Candidacy. Once filled out and turned in, you become a school board candidate.
Earlier this year Paul Goudreault, longtime resident of the town of Kinnickinnic, was named CEO of Designer Doors, 702 Troy St., in the city's industrial park. Designer Doors will have an open house with plant tours 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6. The event is open to the public and will include snacks and refreshments.
Thanksgiving proved to be a quiet week for crime fighting in River Falls, but police were kept busy nabbing shoplifters. ShopKo appears to be the shoplifting store of choice.
Acting on a tip last Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 17, that the son of a woman resident at Kinnic Long Term Care was coming to say goodbye to her before killing his siblings who live in the area, the nursing home, hospital and clinic locked doors as a safety measure. The 52-year-old male suspect lives in St. Croix Beach, Minn. He never reached River Falls to carry out his threats, including that he would also kill himself. Instead he was arrested at his home by Washington County, Minn., sheriff's deputies.
Sure they're getting older, but food-drive elder statesmen Jerry Carter and Mel Germanson say nothing but divine intervention can keep them from standing in the cold for two days collecting for the local food pantry. "Heck, do you think we have time to just sit around the house all day?" asks 79-year-old Jerry Carter. "There always something to be done, and this is one of them." 'This' refers to the 19th year that Carter will be curbside collecting food for the needy at Veterans Park downtown. The dates are all day until dark Monday and Tuesday, Nov.
The Chippewa Valley Technical College has reached agreement with Moody's, Inc., to buy 3.6 acres just north of the 20,000 square-foot CVTC campus for $375,000. "Securing this land is extremely important to the future of the college and to the River Falls area," CVTC President Bruce Barker said. "We continue to experience strong student growth and an increasing demand for more program options." The River Falls CVTC campus, 500 S. Wasson Lane, opened in fall 1999 after a successful district-wide referendum in the 11 county-area.