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Paul Tiger and Kim Rogers, W12019 742 Ave. (Gateway Valley development) went before the Clifton Town Board Tuesday night, July 5, to complain that their hand-planted native prairie grasses and flowers in the ditch by their home had been mowed to the ground. Tiger and Rogers said they planted the grasses and flower to prevent erosion. They also claimed the plants keep the soil in their ditch and culvert from washing out. Town Board Supervisor Greg Eggers said Clifton contracts to mow ditches 33 feet from the center of the road. "It's a town road," Eggers said. "It has to be maintained.
River Falls police cited three young men for their alleged roles in a large-scale scuffle at Ramer Field on the UW-River Falls campus last Friday, July 1, around 3 a.m. The men were part of two groups who were leaving Main Street bars and arguing. The groups agreed to meet at Ramer and duke it out. The results were some minor injuries - cuts and bruises, a swollen eye. Some of the men fled as city and campus police officers converged on the fighters. Three men in their early 20s, one from River Falls and two from Hudson, were cited for disorderly conduct.
A young man, perhaps a teenager, comes to the door. He says he's selling magazines to earn money for a trip to Mexico. The woman in the house says no, she's not buying anything. The older teenager -- described by police as a white male, dark hair, olive complexion, possibly drunk or high, with bad B.O. -- then asks repeatedly if he can use the woman's bathroom. She says no and won't allow him in the house.
A 26-year-old River Falls man accused of fatally shooting his friend late Monday night, June 27, has paid $10,000 cash bail and was released from St. Croix County Jail in Hudson Thursday afternoon, June 30. Anthony P. Velure has been charged by the district attorney with first-degree reckless homicide, a felony punishable by up to 60 years in prison. Velure allegedly shot his buddy, Joshua R. Kurer, 24, 1473 Riverside Drive #202, at his apartment. Velure is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12.
The night of Monday, June 27, in a special meeting, the school board approved the last of the district's employee collective bargaining agreements for the next school year. According to Personnel Director Donna Hill, the new bus drivers' contract follows the provisions of other school district contracts.
A 24-year-old man has been shot and killed in his apartment late Monday night, June 27. River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque said a suspect has been arrested and that there's "no threat to the River Falls community related to this incident." The shooting occurred in an apartment building at 1473 Riverside Drive which is near the shopping center that includes ShopKo. Officers responded just before 11 p.m. Monday. In apartment No.
The five - four after June 24 -- remaining River Falls Power Plant employees are working toward the finish line in more than one sense. Sixty-one lead power plant operator Bruce Lloyd put it this way: "The faster and better we do our work now, the faster we put ourselves out of a job." The era of the 1900-built power plant is indeed coming to an end.
Police say they took seven local teenage boys into custody June 16 for their alleged roles in driving around in stolen vehicles. Some of those vehicles were later found heavily damaged or totaled. Five were stolen in River Falls. Two other stolen vehicles, one from Ellsworth and one from Red Wing, Minn., ended up in River Falls. The arrested boys were ages 15-17. The oldest is being charged as an adult with two felonies by the Pierce County district attorney. The boys appeared to have acted together.
River Falls police found a 24-year-old man lying in a parking last on Broadway Street week Tuesday, June 7, just after midnight. He'd been slugged in the face so hard that he fell and was briefly unconscious. When he woke he could recall very little of what happened. Police figured it out and eventually caught up with the suspect, a 21-year-old man who lives on West Cascade Avenue. He was arrested for substantial battery. The 21-year-old said he was angry that his girlfriend had claimed she had been harassed at a nearby apartment party.
If designs are approved by the city and some big money is raised, River Falls will have a 20,000-square foot "green," low-rent, multipurpose facility on the banks of the Kinnickinnic River available for seniors, the arts, drama, weddings, receptions, recitals, reunions, various classes, meeting places and much more by summer 2013. Called "The Gathering Place: River Falls Community Center," the aim is to provide cheap, flexible space for nonprofits and civic organizations to make use of and meet in. The Gathering Place, 404 W.