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A River Falls teenager was sentenced to 20 days jail Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court for two counts of receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property. Evan R. Bakke, 18, N8041 925th St., was placed on two years' probation for the three misdemeanors by Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing. The jail term was a probation condition. Wing explained his sentencing by stating he was concerned Bakke could be calculating one minute and immature the next because he'd seen evidence of both.
River Falls police say they arrested two bicycle thieves over the weekend, but the tip that solved the case allegedly came from the thieves. The young man and woman, one a college student, were eating Mexican at the local Mariachi Loco restaurant. The owner of the two stolen mountain bikes was also eating two tables away. He claimed to hear the woman tell her boyfriend that she couldn't believe they'd stolen the bikes and that she'd pedaled hers in high heels! Police were called. The couple was questioned in the restaurant parking lot.
One of the largest civic service organizations worldwide - the Optimists Club -- is hoping to organize a chapter soon in River Falls. "We are excited about helping the children of River Falls," said local organizer Alice Baldini. "We are looking for some other like-minded individuals who would like to help us improve the lives of children in our community. Baldini said a club meeting will be held soon for interested persons. "Those who best know what River Falls needs are those who live here all year," she said.
River Falls police are trying to find the owner of a 14-pound, brown-and-white, neutered adult dog, believed to be a Chihuahua mix, that bit a woman last week on Wasson Lane. The woman had allowed the stray dog -- described as scared but not aggressive -- to stay overnight in her house. He had wandered inside after she let her other dogs out. Community Service Officer Janna Grassel said the male dog had a microchip from the Scott/Carver Humane Society but the owners never registered the chip and so haven't been found. The dog is being quarantined to see if it exhibits signs of rabies.
Don Richards and Mark Wyman will present their new book "Kinnickinnic Country: River Falls in the Forties and Fifties," at 2 p.m. Sunday in the downstairs Collins Community Room of the public library. The 165-page book sells for $15. All proceeds will go to support the River Falls Library Foundation, which helps pay for various library programs, equipment, exhibits and speakers. Richards and Wyman grew up in River Falls after World War II.
A 20-year-old UW-River Falls sophomore arrested off campus in late winter for possession and distribution of marijuana has been charged with a felony for drug dealing. Robert D. Weske, 103 N. Fremont St. #1, was also charged with a misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia possession. He has a first appearance in Pierce County Court Monday, April 19. Police were called to Weske's apartment at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 after another tenant had complained of loud noise and a marijuana odor. Officers were let in by Weske, who had two other men with him, both UW-RF students.
New low-cost financing for renewable energy improvements like solar hot water, geothermal systems and wind turbines in River Falls will be featured on "The West Side" public radio program, 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire, at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 8.
One loopy turn at a downtown intersection ended in wreckage. Now a downtown business owner wonders if she'll be stuck with costly repairs. Last week late Sunday night, a 19-year-old Minnesota man from the Kinnic Falls halfway house turned so widely from Maple Street onto Main Street that his 1997 Ford Explorer wound up in the corner storefront of Beyond Lighting. The impact left a horizontal hole, shattered a window panel and caused others to bulge, cracked the foundation, and dribbled debris and oil down on owner April Ingalls' basement office.
River Falls attorney Joe Boles defeated Bob Loberg of Ellsworth in Tuesday's spring election to succeed retiring Robert Wing as Pierce County judge. Boles captured roughly 54% of the countywide vote. He was pushed over the top by huge margins in the River Falls area, including in the city of River Falls, where he won by more than 700 votes. In other competitive local races, Dave Cronk and Scott Morissette each earned a spot as an at-large city councilmember, while Bob Hughes knocked off incumbent Bob Ebert for Dist. 4 councilmember.
If you haven't voted, there's still time. Local polls stay open until 8 p.m. The Tuesday, April 6, elections cover school board, city council, and town and county boards. In Pierce County, there's also the big race to see who will succeed retiring judge Robert Wing. The judge's race is a contest between two well-known area lawyers, Joe Boles and Bob Loberg. City residents vote at one of four polling stations closest to where they live: UW-River Falls (University Center); National Guard Armory, 815 W.