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Rellen Hardtke has turned in her "non-candidacy form" to the school district's central office, meaning she will not seek another three-year term on the school board. Hardtke is a UW-River Falls associate professor of physics. She has in the past served as school board vice president. Without Hardtke running, the school board has just two candidates seeking two open positions: Stacy Johnson Myers, the current school board president, and newcomer Richard Gerczak. The school district's central office is closed for the holidays until Monday, Jan. 3. The filing deadline for candidates is 5 p.m.
Karen Marsh says she's not a quitter...but she also knows her limits. The 59-year-old retired school teacher has become known for her brightly lit, extravagant Christmas scenes that adorn the outside of her parents' farm at W11436 County Road FF. To view the spectacle, motorists and their passengers are encouraged to enter in the front, follow the circular driveway to the back and then exit on the other side. In Christmas season 2008, nearly 1,000 drivers did just that. That was then. Last year on Dec. 9, a blizzard pounded River Falls, bringing a foot of snow and plunging temperatures.
UW-River Falls campus police had Kleinpell Fine Arts evacuated about 10 a.m. Monday after the discovery of a hand grenade with a protruding bolt in a restroom trash can on the lower level. River Falls police, who assisted, called St.
River Falls firefighters were called to an apartment building in the 100 block of Church Street Sunday just before 8 p.m. The fire call was made by a resident who said that the building alarms were sounding and smoke could be seen in the hall.
Due to increased demand, the River Falls Shared-Ride Taxi service is adding more Saturday service hours during the holiday season and through the winter months. Fall ridership has increased by 12% over last year. To maintain service levels, an additional vehicle and driver will be added each Saturday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The taxi service is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The taxi fares are subsidized through federal, state and county grants and with local funding from the city of River Falls.
Gloria Wahrenbrock has filed paperwork with the town of Troy stating that she will not be a be a candidate again for supervisor. Wahrenbrock is one of four supervisors on the Troy Town Board. The town of Troy, unlike many other towns, has switched this year from a caucus system to a primary system to nominate candidates. The neighboring town of Kinnickinnic made the same switch a few years ago. That means that those who are interested in running for Town Board should go to the Troy Town Hall and pick up their candidacy forms.
Last Thursday evening, a 19-year-old local college student was stopped for trying to leave EconoFoods without paying for a 1.75 liter, $27 bottle of Sky vodka. The bottle was allegedly found stashed in his coat pocket. A store security clerk then told police this was the same suspect who got away exactly a week ago after stealing vodka. The student supposedly fessed up to both shoplifting incidents. Because he was underage, the student was also given a fine for an underage person procuring liquor.
The school board, which has two seats up for the spring election, has so far registered two official candidates: Stacy Johnson Myers and Richard Gerczak, town of Troy. Rellen Hardtke has the other board seat. She has yet to register.
A 21-year-old university male student was arrested by police for allegedly camping out in the garage of a woman's house on Pearl Street just before dawn Friday. She was frightened and called for help. The young man was picked up several blocks away. He was walking in his socks and wearing his coat backwards. Question by officers, the suspect said he'd been drinking at a buddy's house, then at a downtown bar, but what happened after that was anybody's guess. From what police could tell, the man may have gone to sleep in the woman's garage.
A two-day volunteer project at Ezekiel Lutheran Church will culminate in a Scandinavian Bake Sale and Christmas Tea from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Open to the public, the gathering for food and refreshments will take place in the church's Fellowship Hall. Guests can use the front-door entrance from Second Street. Thursday morning volunteers started by peeling 110 pounds of potatoes. The next shift of volunteers got involved with cooking, mashing and ricing, adding salt, sugar and shortening.