Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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A Minnesota man is scheduled to make his first appearance Monday, April 2, in Pierce County Circuit Court on charges of repeated sexual assault of child. Franklin D. Trode, 44, Woodbury, Minn., was charged the Class C felony earlier this month. According to the criminal complaint, River Falls police were notified of the alleged charges in January by Colorado authorities.
River Falls police are good at picking up clues that alcohol has diminished your driving skills. Take the 18-year-old Fridley, Minn., woman who was reported by another driver to be weaving and going 100-120 mph on I-94 and then Hwy. 35 coming into River Falls just before 2 a.m. Saturday. The 18-year-old was soon followed by a local officer on North Main Street who said she was speeding and drifting out of her lane. She was pulled over by the intersection with Moundsview. The Fridley woman was described as having slurred speech, had trouble finding her license and in stocking feet.
March or April, it seems like freezing temps, rain, sleet or even flurries settle in to inhibit the fun of Easter-egg hunting. Last year was even worse. A mid-April snowstorm forced the children's Easter Egg hunt to switch from Glen Park to an alternative indoor site at the high school. This year, Lions Club member and Egg Hunt coordinator Rose Rude said the high school site worked so well that the switch there is permanent. "We won't have to worry about weather," she said. Last year nearly 300 kids between the ages of one and seven participated.
Based on the overcast/gloomy weather the scheduled siren test has been postponed until Tuesday, March 27, at 1 p.m. The plan is to activate them from two different sites so there will be two activations of 3 minutes each. Siren Test Schedule --1 p.m. Monday, March 26 (postponed until Tuesday, March 27) --1:40 p.m. Thursday, April 19 (this test is one in conjunction with the National Weather Service) --1 p.m. Monday, May 21 --1 p.m. Monday, June 25 --1 p.m. Monday, July 23 --1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 --1 p.m. Monday, Sept.
The school board Monday night OK'd forming a Citizens Advisory Committee that will zero in on an alternative owner to develop and maintain the 1926 portion of the River Falls Academy. Superintendent Tom Westerhaus said the committee's timeline will be spelled out and timely. "There is only a two-year window," he said. "We don't want to drag this out." The 1926 portion of the Academy takes up almost half of the overall building. Space is rented to groups, including the YMCA that will soon close. The school district also uses the oldest part of the building for limited office space.
If you want a challenger to engage in a knock-down-drag-out fight with incumbent mayor Don Richards, Dan Toland says forget it. That might be how state and national elections are conducted, but Toland has no desire for political combat "Don's a nice guy, he's done a lot for this city. I'm serious about wanting the job, but I'm not going after it by tearing Don down," says Toland, a 1980 River Falls High School graduate.
Don Richards' educational career spanned four decades. Many will remember him as the high school English teacher, Student Council and school newspaper advisor and assistant boys' basketball coach. After retiring in 1998 Richards also substitute taught for seven years. Long ago he also taught in Prescott and before that was dormitory head resident and assistant dean of men at UW-Whitewater. "When I retired I found I had an excess of time on my hands," said the 79-year-old Richards. "I was bored.
A 22-year-old River Falls man took a right hook to the ribs in front of Boomer's Bar, 106 N. Main St., at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Patrick's Day. The victim claimed he was protecting a young lady who was shoved by another man. He collapsed after the blow to the ribs, got back up but couldn't stand straight. His attacker fled. The victim had his buddy take him to the hospital. River Falls police also: --Arrested a 26-year-old Woodbury, Minn., man for disorderly conduct in the downtown median at bar closing at 2:20 a.m. Sunday.
Rocky Branch third graders in Dawn Follstad's class recently learned how to write haiku, a poetic form originating in Japan centuries ago and now practiced worldwide. In Japan, these flash poems were valued for the simplicity, openness, depth and lightness. English translations structure the haiku in a three-line, 17 syllable format. Syllables are arranged as 5/7/5 per line. Many Japanese Samurai warriors and Zen monks used haiku writing as part of their spiritual disciplines. Haiku often used seasonal imagery but describe just about anything.
There's no shortage of bad guys around the world trying to swindle you. River Falls Police Sergeant Jon Aubart warns: "If you are asked to send money to get anything, forget it!" That advice, however, wouldn't help a River Falls family. Last month they had their $71,000 Home Equity loan stolen from a local credit union through a scheme that disconnected their AT&T land line phone and had those calls rerouted. The person was then able to call the credit union, pretend to be a family member, and have the loan amount rerouted to a bank in Greensburg, Indiana.