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River Falls Police Investigator John Wilson (left) accepts a $1,000 check Oct. 25 from Dick's Hometown Liquor owner Dick Rinehart that will be given as a reward to a local tipster. The informant's help led police to arrest Blake Halverson, a high school student, for robbing a Hometown Liquor clerk at gun point last November. Said Rinehart, "People who know something about a crime are often afraid to come forward. It took a lot of guts for this person to provide information about the robbery.
The north-end and second Kwik Trip in River Falls opened at 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. Located at 1238 N. Main St., the new station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round. Twelve hours after opening, a steady stream of customers could be seen populating the pumps, patronizing the store and passing through the car-wash bays. Construction on it began in early summer. With it came a reconfigured intersection with turning lanes and signal lights at the Quarry Road intersection.
Is there enough strong, steady wind at the university's Mann Valley Lab Farm to justify building commercial turbines that could supply half the campus's energy needs? That's what a study underway will show. A report is due by Dec. 1. Mike Stifter, UW-RF director of facilities management, says the idea was spurred by the university's off-the-grid energy goals. That not only means being more self-sufficient but using sustainable energy sources. "As a campus and given some of our land resources, we're likely more uniquely poised to look at a wind project than many campuses," Stifter said.
A portion of a $10-billion Education Jobs Fund passed in August by Congress has reached River Falls. The biggest impact locally will be in the 2011-12 school year. School District Finance Director Chad Smurawa said River Falls got just over $800,000 from the federal legislation. The money must be used in the next two years to hire teachers, paraprofessional and others involved in classroom instruction. Smurawa presented a plan for allocating the $800,000.
She stood just beyond arm's reach of a man threatening to jump off a fenced enclosure overlooking I-94. St. Paul Police Officer Alta Painter was on the footbridge pleading with the man not to throw away his life. It was a November evening. The man had fled from a nearby chemical abuse treatment facility. He said he no reason to live, was estranged from his family and his brother had been murdered. Below, interstate eastbound traffic near Snelling Avenue was held up. For an anxious 10 minutes Painter kept spinning the dialog.
Timing it with the Halloween weekend, the second annual Business Expo will again feature a heavy dose of decorations and activities for kids and families. "We want to make sure there's plenty to do for people who attend, and especially enough going on to keep the kids busy," said Chamber of Commerce CEO Rosanne Bump. "We want to make this fun.
River Falls police cited a 45-year-old local man for disorderly conduct after he allegedly approached a young woman sitting on her front porch to say that he'd been watching her and her roommates changing clothes in front of their windows. The incident occurred Sunday evening in the 100 block of North Fourth Street. The woman was talking on her cell phone when the man pulled up in his car in front of her house.
Monday morning's opening of the River Falls Community Food Pantry was filled with sunlight. It shined in the front windows at RFCFP's new location, 222 N. Main St., where Mr. Movies once was. "We're thrilled to having the moving over and to finally be here," said food pantry Executive Director Janna Carl. "It took a lot of hard work and planning to accomplish. The decision to move was not made lightly." The relocation to the old Mr.
River Falls police were called to a house at 223 E. Maple St. at 4:46 a.m. Monday for a 25-year-old man who was found unconscious. According to Police Chief Roger Leque, when an officer arrived, people were performing CPR on the unresponsive man. The officer assisted until ambulance paramedics came. The man was taken to River Falls Area Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He has been identified as Jack Jenkins, 1495 Riverside Drive. Leque said police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Jenkins' death.
Those football war of words can bring bloodshed. After bar closing last week Tuesday, a couple of local guys went at it. Seems one took exception to insults about the Green Bay Packers. The Minnesota Vikings were part of the toxic mix. Before long, one guy was spit in the eye. Then there were punches and both tumbled to the pavement, still scuffling. When an officer arrived, friends were tending to a 25-year-old man with a bloody head wound. He was being restrained from pursuing his attacker. A 22-year-old man, the alleged attacker, was found, arrested and booked at the police station.