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The school board at its regular Monday night, Sept. 19, unanimously approved a second referendum in just over a half year. The first referendum for just under $39 million failed in a close vote last April. The new one in November will be for slightly more than $38 million, but it will be broken up into three questions. Each separate question will be for a different phase of repairs, upgrades and additions, and carry its own price tag. The school board also approved a land swap with the Lyle and Roberta Johnson family, town of River Falls, along the Kinnickinnic River southwest of the city.
River Falls police were called to a house Saturday morning in the 200 block of South Third Street to investigate a dead pet duck. A woman there said a stray, large husky-type dog slipped through a back yard fence and killed one of her ducks. The suspect dog wore a black halter and weighed 40-50 pounds. It was last seen heading toward the post office.
The school board is expected to vote Monday, Sept. 19, on details for a new $38,395,000 referendum this fall. As part of its agenda for the 7 p.m. regular meeting at the high school media center, the school board will vote on three separate questions for a Nov. 8 referendum that highlight various building options. Voters can pick the options they support, including all of them, or vote against each option. The school board will also vote on a land swap involving the school forest in the town of River Falls with the Lyle and Roberta Johnson family.
Robert Hughes, elected to the River Falls City Council in April 2010, has been charged with one count each of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a controlled substance (prescription pills). All three are misdemeanors.
When music teacher Peggy Krasin began teaching at Westside Elementary, Tony Orlando and Dawn's "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" was Billboard's No. 1 pop song. How times have changed since that early fall of 1973. And at age 60, Krasin's zeal is something that remains unchanged. "I'll retire when I don't like it anymore," she said.
Since Labor Day River Falls police seem to be going from one serious incident to the next.
River Falls police are looking for leads to find out who broke three double-paned windows at Meyer Middle School and left a flammable device inside one of the broken windows. The vandalism and attempted arson was discovered at 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8. An attempt was made to light the device but it never caught fire. The police investigation is ongoing. If you have information, please call 715-425-0909. According to Sgt.
Not to be confused with the River Falls School District's Montessori program, there's another Montessori school in River Falls: Heartland Montessori, located just outside the city limits in the town of River Falls, at N8226 South Wasson Lane. Heartland's Board of Directors' President Sarah LaFave says the nonprofit private school begins the year with 35 students. Most of them will be in the Children's House for preschoolers and kindergartners.
Ninety-one-year-old Wilson Decker grows impatient with too many questions. That makes writing a story about him challenging. Decker would rather allow his life do the talking. Ask him about being retired as district sales manager at Minnesota Rubber Co. since 1986 and he retorts, "Retired. Yeah, right." Retirement is a relative term. Decker is a doer. Already in the 10th decade of life, he has lots of memories but prefers living in the now. "I don't spend a lot time reflecting on the past," says Decker, a New Jersey native and River Falls resident since 1996. "I can't die yet.
Peggy Steffl came before the Clifton Town Board at this week's regular meeting and accused her neighbors of shooting their guns all the time, creating a racket that shattered the pleasant way of living in the country. "I've told them it's disturbing," Steffl said. "I never would have moved here if I would have known this was going to happen. Steffl has lived at her home for 12 years.