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Perhaps it was just an odd place at an odd time to debate being "considerate." Two young men tried but failed miserably while in a room at the River Falls Motel, 1300 S. Main St., just before dawn Saturday. The result: A 23-year-old Farmington, Minn., man was cited for battery and disorderly conduct. The victim, a 25-year-old River Falls man, had a bloody lip and a busted retainer. The victim said the two were arguing in the motel room about the need for each of them to be considerate.
The presence of food seemed to have an unsettling affect on behavior this past week. Consider that at a rental house in the 100 block of North Fourth Street officers had to deal with a 30-year-old male tenant who allegedly attacked another tenant for drinking someone else's juice from a refrigerator. The violence grew so heated that both men had each other by the throat.
For more than a decade enrollment at UW-River Falls has grown steadily. The 2010-11school year is no exception, with a preliminary head count showing 6,819 students. That compares with 6,728 students last year, 6,126 in 2005 and 5,769 in 1999. "As far as we can tell, this year's count is an all-time high," said Alan Tuchtenhagen, associate vice chancellor for enrollment services.
Last week the finishing touches were added to land set aside for a local neighborhood park on the city's north side. Playground equipment was installed at Sterling Ponds Park, corner of Sussex Street and Edenburgh Drive in the Sterling Ponds subdivision just east of Hwy.
River Falls Police Investigator John Wilson (left) accepts a $1,000 check Oct. 25 from Dick's Hometown Liquor owner Dick Rinehart that will be given as a reward to a local tipster. The informant's help led police to arrest Blake Halverson, a high school student, for robbing a Hometown Liquor clerk at gun point last November. Said Rinehart, "People who know something about a crime are often afraid to come forward. It took a lot of guts for this person to provide information about the robbery.
The north-end and second Kwik Trip in River Falls opened at 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. Located at 1238 N. Main St., the new station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round. Twelve hours after opening, a steady stream of customers could be seen populating the pumps, patronizing the store and passing through the car-wash bays. Construction on it began in early summer. With it came a reconfigured intersection with turning lanes and signal lights at the Quarry Road intersection.
Is there enough strong, steady wind at the university's Mann Valley Lab Farm to justify building commercial turbines that could supply half the campus's energy needs? That's what a study underway will show. A report is due by Dec. 1. Mike Stifter, UW-RF director of facilities management, says the idea was spurred by the university's off-the-grid energy goals. That not only means being more self-sufficient but using sustainable energy sources. "As a campus and given some of our land resources, we're likely more uniquely poised to look at a wind project than many campuses," Stifter said.
A portion of a $10-billion Education Jobs Fund passed in August by Congress has reached River Falls. The biggest impact locally will be in the 2011-12 school year. School District Finance Director Chad Smurawa said River Falls got just over $800,000 from the federal legislation. The money must be used in the next two years to hire teachers, paraprofessional and others involved in classroom instruction. Smurawa presented a plan for allocating the $800,000.
She stood just beyond arm's reach of a man threatening to jump off a fenced enclosure overlooking I-94. St. Paul Police Officer Alta Painter was on the footbridge pleading with the man not to throw away his life. It was a November evening. The man had fled from a nearby chemical abuse treatment facility. He said he no reason to live, was estranged from his family and his brother had been murdered. Below, interstate eastbound traffic near Snelling Avenue was held up. For an anxious 10 minutes Painter kept spinning the dialog.
Timing it with the Halloween weekend, the second annual Business Expo will again feature a heavy dose of decorations and activities for kids and families. "We want to make sure there's plenty to do for people who attend, and especially enough going on to keep the kids busy," said Chamber of Commerce CEO Rosanne Bump. "We want to make this fun.