Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Just after 2 p.m. Friday a male pedestrian on the sidewalk of Main Street paused and looked around before saying, "What's everybody waiting for?" The answer was soon clear: More than two dozen cars and pickups carrying the high school class of 2010, as the seniors were let out early and did the traditional drive up and down Main Street before going on to honk their horns outside the other local schools. The seniors were greeted by many people waving and holding cameras downtown. High school commencement is Sunday afternoon.
A large turnout Wednesday afternoon, June 2, came for the ribbon-cutting dedication of the Greenwood Elementary School community gardens. According to teacher Steve Papp, this was a first- and fourth-grade service project. Produce grown will be given to the River Falls Food Pantry and to Our Neighbors Place, which serves the homeless. For more on this story, check the June 9 print edition of the Journal.
Many gathered curbside along North Main and East Division streets to watch the parade of Scouts, American Legion Color Guard, River Falls Ambassadors and the high school marching band make their way from Legion Hall to Greenwood Cemetery, where an estimated crowd of about 1,000 people poured in for THE May 31 Memorial Day program. Bystanders cheered, removed hats and placed hands over their hearts. Eighty-nine-year-old Legionnaire Bob Stevens, despite a crippling injury, cranked the flag to the top of the pole for the 30th time in as many years.
River Falls police arrested a 21-year-old local man before dawn Friday for allegedly going on a rampage of breaking home and car windows, knocking over a light pole, and slicing down a young tree on Lewis Street behind City Hall. Damages were said to occur were on Dallas, West Maple, West Elm and North Pearl streets. The man used some kind of antique saw that he grabbed from the apartment where he lives in the 200 block of Lewis Street.
A retirement has brought changes to the operations of the Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties. Linda Robertson, manager of clinical services since the clinic opened its doors more than three years ago, is leaving to join her husband in retirement. Robertson, who will be 62, said the timing was right to retire. "My career has been involved in building nonprofits from the ground up, usually on behalf of those who don't have a voice, like the uninsured or those with some type of mental or physical disability," Robertson said.
A slice of local history will be snuffed out when the Holiday Gas Station on North Main Street shuts down at 11 p.m.
The massive highway projects on the edge of River Falls still have two months to go. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Wendy Maves says the work is on target to finish by the July 16 deadline. Later this month drivers will be switched from the northbound lanes to the southbound lanes of Hwy. 35. The southbound lanes have been milled and repaved with concrete. The same will now be done to the northbound lanes. The rest of the highway bypass -- which is just two lanes as opposed to the divided, four-lane stretch to the north -- is only being repaved with asphalt.
River Falls police were sent to a home intruder call at 4:20 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of South Third Street. The 25-year-old suspect was caught by the unarmed homeowner. He was ordered to sit or he would be shot. The suspect did as he was told, saying he was only looking for Bob. The homeowner said his wife woke him because she heard window pounding. He checked all around, including the doors, found nothing, but accidentally left the front door unlocked. Soon after the confused suspect walked inside.
During a job interview more than six years ago, Katie Chaffee was asked why she deserved the newly created position of event coordinator for the lower library gallery. She replied, "Because I've been waiting for this job longer than anyone else. It's what I've always wanted to do...I envisioned this job when they first built the library (in 1997)." In April 2004 Chaffee got her dream job. She left the Journal, where she was a reporter.
Local comedian Todd Andrews entertained about 75 volunteers of the Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties Wednesday evening, May 12, at the River Falls Golf Club. The event was held to recognize the contributions of the free health clinic's many volunteers. Food was catered by the West Wind Supper Club. The evening's theme, appropriately, was "Laughter: It's great medicine." Andrews is from Boston but marriage brought him to Pierce County. He had the free clinic gathering laughing hard as he spoke about his first impressions of Midwestern accents, hunting habits and farm life.