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Since June police have looked into some 50 reports of thefts from vehicles. With September here the problem hasn't let up. "This is clearly a rash of thefts that is out of the norm," Police Chief Roger Leque said. "We're investigating each one and are looking at persons of interest." Most, but not all, thefts were to vehicles whose owners left doors unlocked.
There was very little homework preparation before Rita Humbert became acting principal at Westside Elementary School.
At its Sept. 20 regular meeting, the school board will take up the topic of a levy referendum, possibly for spring, that basically makes upgrades and improvements for all the local public schools so they remain functional for 30-40 years. The recommendations for such a referendum were made Monday night, Aug. 30, by the Facilities Committee.
Sitting at the same desk as Grant Hanson, his old high school principal, Mark Chapin feels both honored and surreal. Last year at this time, he sat at the desk of his old assistant high school principal, Tom Carroll. Chapin's administrative ascent has been swift.
When Ken Olson looks outside his house of 33 years at Broadway and Orange streets, he sees the future. It fills him with dismay and anger. For now, he still sees a woods teeming with a diverse ecosystem, a "treasure trove" of opossums, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, rabbits, deer, orioles, wrens, woodpeckers, bluebirds, wildflowers, roses, ferns, blackberries, raspberries, and more that thrive under a canopy of trees that extend to the South Fork tributary. Olson's even gone in those woods -- some of which lie on university property -- and found edible morels.
A 44-year-old local man was arrested and jailed for substantial battery and disorderly conduct Sunday morning after allegedly beating up his 50-year-old brother. The two men live together but clearly weren't getting along. The older brother, the victim, wound up with a bloody gash above the eye that needed medical attention. The older brother claimed his younger brother grabbed him by the hair and slugged him repeatedly in the forehead.
A project to stabilize the foundations of Glen Park's suspension bridge has begun, according to City Engineer Reid Wronski. The City Council approved the $117,000 project bid in July to St. Paul-based Engineering and Construction Innovators. Wronski said the foundation upgrade for Swinging Bridge is needed because of normal wear-and-tear caused by erosion, moisture, freezing and thawing.
Only five of the original 44 applicants remain to fill the newly created full-time paid position of River Falls fire chief. There were six, but one dropped out. Chris Cernohous, current volunteer fire chief and also a River Falls public works employee, is one of the remaining five. Cernohous has been with the River Falls Fire Department for almost 15 years.
Superintendent Tom Westerhaus has picked Rita Humbert, principal of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Hastings, Minn., to be acting principal at Westside Elementary School for the 2010-11 year. The school board votes Monday night on the Humbert recommendation.
Hunter Squire discovered the newest lake in River Falls Wednesday morning, Aug. 11, following torrential overnight rains that dumped more than four inches. Hunter's mom, Monique, spotted the stormwater runoff that had filled the drainage bowl at Hoffman Park. She thought Hunter would enjoy the lake-filled basin. So he slipped into his swim trunks, waded in, swam a couple of "laps" before standing by the partly submerged soccer goal net while mom snapped his picture. She said it was the "perfect outing for a 10-year-old boy." Hunter's father is John.