Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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About 25 people came to Meyer Middle School's library Tuesday night to hear a presentation on the $39-million April referendum to upgrade all public schools in River Falls. Afterward audience members asked questions.
The first of five information forums on the $39-million River Falls School District referendum this spring will be held starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Meyer Middle School library. There are four more 7 p.m. information forums to follow: Feb. 22, Rocky Branch Elementary School ; Feb.
He was on the hunt for pesky birds in the rafters. One landed on the floor. The plant manager allegedly got down, lay low, fired bird shot from a rifle but missed the bird. However, according to a River Falls police report and a criminal complaint, an employee was hit in the back of the head. A felony charge for injury by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon was filed against the 29-year-old plant manager of Best Maid Cookie in the River Falls industrial park. The alleged misfired shoot, deemed an accident, occurred Dec.
Kinnickinnic's Town attorny Bob Loberg found that accusations of ethical lapses by Town Board Chairman Roger VanBeek were unfounded. The issue was discussed at the Town Board's Feb. 1 meeting. Board members say the matter is now closed. The accusations against VanBeek were made by town resident Gordon Awsumb, who is also running against VanBeek for the chair's position in the spring election. Awsumb had questioned VanBeek's participation on the town's road committee while working for Asphalt Associates.
Warmer, sunny weather arrived just in time Friday, Feb. 4, for the big Green Bay Packers Tailgate Party at River Falls State Bank, 124 S. Second St. The party got started at 11 a.m. and wrapped up at 2 p.m. The turnout in the bank's parking lot was so large at first that some people went inside the bank to get their fill of free hot dogs, chips, cookies, cheese curds and pop.
Like many in River Falls, school board member Dennis Behnke exudes Packer pride. Behnke says his comes from a glorious tradition that his own family is part of. "A true Packer fan is always going to predict a Packer victory," Behnke said regarding Sunday's Super Bowl game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "Through good times and bad, Packer fans have been loyal to 'our team.' Our family has the same seats at Lambeau field since it was constructed in 1959, and we will continue to pass the legacy down to our children.
Long a fixture at the EconoFoods south parking lot, the Pierce County Solid Waste recycling bins will be removed as of Friday, Feb. 11. County Solid Waste Supervisor David Murphy said his department was asked to do so by EconoFoods. As a temporary fix, more recycling bins will be added outside the city's public works garage, 950 Benson St., for people to use. Murphy is talking to city officials to find a convenient recycling drop-off site to replace the one at EconoFoods.
The Clifton Town Board learned at its Feb. 1 regular meeting that it will have to pay to buy and install all new, better-to-read road signs. Wisconsin is making all towns do this. The work must be done in a year. Town Board Chairman Leroy Peterson told the supervisors that the new signs must have a minimum of six-inch reflective letters and numbers. This is to make it easier to see for motorists while driving. Peterson also said the lowest bid he received for buying new signs was about $4,500.
Last Thursday morning River Falls police arrested and jailed a 33-year-old local woman for drunk driving with two children passengers under age 16. The woman was also cited for failing to yield at a stop sign at Pine and Winter streets where she crashed into another driver. The woman told police her kids were late for school but also hungry. She was going to take them out for breakfast before bringing them to school later that morning. The crash put an end to those plans.
At 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, River Falls police assisted the FBI in carrying out a search warrant at an apartment building at 905 S. Sycamore St.