Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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MADISON -- In honor of the Green Bay Packers and their advancement to the Super Bowl against the Steelers, Gov. Scott Walker has announced that the Capitol Dome will be lit in green and gold for the week leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 6. "Beginning next week, the Capitol Dome will be lit in green and gold in honor of the Green Bay Packers," Walker said. "While there are always going to be policy and political differences at the Capitol, we can all agree that we want the Packers to bring the Lombardi Trophy home to Wisconsin.
Local residents will soon be able to participate in the new River Falls Community Education Program, beginning the week of Feb. 14. The Winter Session 2011 catalog will be mailed to every district household on Feb. 1. Area residents will be able to choose from 30 classes including: Taxes 101, Computers for Beginners, Zumba®, Custom Rod Building, Cooking for the Celiac/Gluten Intolerant Person and Basic Photography. Three trips are also being offered. A special "Super Saturday for Women" will be held on Feb. 26 from 9-12 p.m.
Recently River Falls police have been kept busy dealing with errant motorists. Many crashed. Some left the scene. In one instance on North Main Street near Quarry Road, a 16-year-old local girl allegedly drove away after rearending one vehicle that was pushed into another. An off-duty St. Croix County deputy pursued the girl's car, got her to stop and return to the crash site. Officers responded and claimed there was evidence that the 16-year-old and her two female passengers were smoking pot not long before the crash.
An upcoming multi-faceted exhibit at the River Falls Public Library will examine and depict how the production and preparation of food in American kitchens has evolved over the decades. "Everybody eats, and we're always interested in food, but we often don't think about what we're eating or where it came from," says public library Events Coordinator Carol McClelland.
The town of River Falls will have to find a new place to bring stray animals by April 1. The town now sends strays to Minnesota at the Woodbury Humane Society. Woodbury, however, is overextended and is dropping its contracts with western Wisconsin. At the Jan. 3rd River Falls Town Board meeting, it was learned that the town's contract with the Woodbury Humane Society wouldn't be renewed. Town Board Supervisor LeRoy Kusilek has been looking for a new shelter. He contacted the Goodhue Humane Society in Red Wing, Minn.
This is the year when all of the town of Troy gets wired for high-speed Internet. The broadband initiative is a collaboration between the town and Baldwin Telecom Inc (BTI). It represents years of research and the efforts of the Town of Troy Broadband Committee, headed by Warren Vollmar. The money for the $9-million project comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed two years ago by Congress.
River Falls police are still investigating the weekend death of a 20-year-old Lino Lakes, Minn., man who was found without a pulse in a locked bathroom of the Kinnic Falls Halfway House, 900 S. Orange St. Early evidence points to a drug overdose. The dead man was a client at the halfway house. Police are also investigating why a 22-year-old UW-RF male student dancing at Boomer's Bar was smashed over the head with a beer bottle by a mystery woman. The gash sent the young man to the hospital emergency room where it took eight stitches to close the wound. The bar assault occurred at 2 a.m.
Two young men from the Hudson area were arrested after 1 a.m. last week for their role in a disturbance at Coach's Bar downtown. One suspect allegedly socked a Coach's employee in the eye for checking I.D.s, knocking him to the floor. Both ran off and were caught near the Riverview Hotel. The men, ages 20 and 23, had minor injuries from scuffling with other bar employees who came to their fallen coworker's aid.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Northwest Region in Eau Claire is holding a public hearing to consider the location of future roads and the environmental impact of the freeway conversion of Hwy. 35 between Radio Road and the Coulee Trail. The hearing is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Town of Troy Town Hall, 654 Glover Road. The proposed action would map the local roads along the highway corridor between Radio Road and Coulee Trail that would be required to complete the freeway conversion, including a potential half-interchange at Glover Road.
In a letter to the Kinnickinnic Town Board and its attorney, town resident Gordon Awsumb outlined what he views as ethical violations by Town Chairman Roger VanBeek. Adding to the drama: Awsumb is now a candidate who will run for VanBeek's chair position in the spring election. The December letter claims that VanBeek's employment with Asphalt Associates conflicts with his sitting on the town's road committee, and that VanBeek's employer has benefited by securing road upkeep contracts from Kinnickinnic. In recent years the town has shifted to private road contracts after using St.