Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Democrat State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who has announced her bid to run for governor in the expected summer recall election, spoke before a large crowd in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library Sunday afternoon. Vinehout, a former dairy farmer and college professor from Alma, represents a chunk of the River Falls area in Pierce County.
The outcome of a recent special school board meeting for the sale of millions of dollars of bonds was better than anyone dreamed. School Finance Director Chad Smurawa said interest rates for municipal bonds had hit a 30-year low, then dipped again since December. As a result, the school board accepted a very favorable low bid on the sale of $15,660,000 in general obligations bonds. Most of it applied to last November's referendum. The rest was refinanced debt from building the high school a decade ago. The winning bid with an interest rate of 2.48% went to United Bank of Switzerland.
Two people were arrested and jailed Monday, Feb. 6, at Cudd's trailer court, 1450 S. Wasson Lane, for allegedly making a deal to sell methamphetamine. Both were charged by the Pierce County district attorney with delivery of meth felonies. The two are a pregnant 28-year-old city of River Falls woman and a 27-year-old city of River Falls man wanted for a felony drug possession warrant in Isanti County, Minn. Meth is a highly addictive stimulant affecting the nervous system. It increases wakefulness and physical activity, but also blood pressure and produces rapid and irregular heartbeat.
Kindergartners and first graders at Greenwood Elementary will get a dose of Spanish under a new program launched soon in the River Falls School District. Nate Wells, the district's coordinator and teacher for the Montessori K-6 program at the River Falls Academy, will do the Spanish instruction. Wells said research shows that neurological development of kindergartners and first graders peaks at that age.
River Falls police arrested and jailed a 21-year-old local man Saturday morning, Feb. 4, for false imprisonment and disorderly conduct at Cudd's trailer court, 1450 S. Wasson Lane. The man was trying to force his 16-year-old girlfriend, who had recently broken up with him, into his car. He allegedly picked up her and put her over his shoulder to carry her. The girl, dressed in pajamas, kicked and screamed before being set on the ground. Then the man allegedly dragged her by the wrists. The man fled when he heard approaching police sirens.
River Falls 4 Children, or RF4C, won't start until September. But before it does some key dates are coming up that parents should be aware of. RF4C is a community-based early learning program for four-year-old children who live in the River Falls School District. According to Rita Humbert, RF4C coordinator and also Westside Elementary School principal, eligible children for the program must be four years old by Sept.
Steep wooded slopes on public land already used by hikers, runners, bicyclists and snowshoers would be rezoned from "light industrial" to "conservancy" under a proposal to go before the Plan Commission Tuesday evening, Feb. 7. A public meeting for feedback and questions will be held first at 6:30 p.m. The Plan Commission meets in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 222 Lewis St. City Planner Tony Steiner says the rezoning is part of the natural evolution of the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park. "We're just trying to clean up the zoning of that area to reflect the reality," he said.
One went into a snowy ditch in the 1800 block of South Main Street while trying to turn around. Another swerved at a squad car, honked and then sped off in the area of Johnson Street and Bartosh Lane. Both incidents occurred after midnight, and River Falls police report that both drivers were cited for drunk driving. In the first, a 34-year-old St. Paul woman visiting her River Falls boyfriend admitted she was lost and went into the ditch while attempting a U-turn.
Last year during the volatile state senate recall drive and follow-up election, the city took complaints about clusters of campaign signs, especially those posted on public right-of-ways. This year, with another state recall election looming and the presidential election in November, city officials are highlighting basic rules and regulations about political signs. These regulations have long been in place and reflect state law. According to the city's Development Service Representative David Hovel, they will be enforced: Political signs erected on private property should be at lea
As a hobby, Tom Caflisch has long enjoyed working with wood. He's made vases, plates, bowls and cooling racks. He's given some of these away as gifts, sold a few at craft sales. Last year Caflisch was driving around when he had a sudden idea for his wooden bowls. To see if it was a good idea, he drove up to Bakken-Young Funeral in River Falls. He went in and asked co-owner Jodie Bakken Young if she thought his small bowl might work as an urn for burial ashes. Bakken Young said the bowls were nicely made but barely half the size of a normal urn.