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Trying to end the 2010-11 school year on a positive note, the school board called a special meeting Monday night to approve three employee contracts for the following year. School ends this week, and these employee groups now have one-year contracts in place for the 2011-12 year: 23 custodians; 95 paraprofessionals; and 19 secretaries. In the past contract negotiations often dragged on into the next school year.
River Falls police were called to the area of State and Charlotte streets before dawn Wednesday, June 8, to find two male suspects allegedly going through parked cars. They found the pair holding bags that apparently contained items stolen from cars and also from nearby Kwik Trip on South Main Street. One of those arrested was a male juvenile from River Falls. The other was 23-year-old Travis H.
Two men, ages 22 and 65, were taken to jail for their alleged role in a battery/disorderly conduct incident at the River Falls Motel, 1300 S. Main St., Sunday at 3:45 p.m. The 22-year-old man and his 21-year-old girlfriend live at the motel. They were in the process of breaking up and arguing about possessions. The young man's 65-year-old grandfather from New Richmond apparently got in the middle of things and may have gotten physical and threatening with the young woman. She tried phoning for help but had her cell phone taken away and busted.
After more than 27 years of doing scores of service projects and making contributions to various causes, the River Falls Kiwanis is disbanding. Kiwanis current President Susie Swenson admits the vote to dissolve the local club was "bittersweet" but necessary given the dwindling membership.
They lined up for a block Thursday morning, June 2, before doors opened on day one of the "Going out of Business Sale" at Mr. Movies, 222 N. Main St. Owner Laurie Henn, who closed her Mr. Movies Hudson store earlier this year, said she hasn't had this many customers in years. She is selling out her movie inventory and also the furnishings to the store this month. Mr. Movies has been in River Falls for almost 20 years. Until recently it was located behind Bo Jon's Flowers. Changing technologies and lifestyles have brought about the decline of the movie-rental business, Henn said.
Say you're a burglar. Would you break into someone's car, leave a trail of possessions from that car on the road, sidewalk and stairs leading to an upstairs rental duplex, kick open the door there, splintering the frame, leave the door ajar, go to a front-room couch, fall sleep smelling of booze with your clothes caked in dirt and burrs? Police officers say it was evidence of this sort that led to the arrest of a burglary suspect in the 300 block of North Clark Street around 3:30 a.m.
As of April 1 the nursing home long known as Kinnic Long Term Care came under new ownership and was renamed. Grace Healthcare is the new name. It's also the name of the privately owned company that bought Kinnic Long Term Care from Chippewa Falls-based Heyde Health System, Inc.
Sheila Harsdorf was first elected to the state Assembly in 1988. In the late 1990s she farmed for a couple of years before being elected to the state Senate in 2000 where she's served ever since. In all her years of public service she's never encountered such hostility that's resulted in her being one of nine state lawmakers facing a recall election this July. That doesn't mean Harsdorf is surprised or intimidated. "This is the first serious attempt to balance the state budget in more than a decade, and the special interests are fighting to maintain the status quo," Harsdorf said.
For the second week in a row, River Falls police were after a driver who fled after being pulled over. The week before, the escapee ran from the Dairy Queen parking lot and eventually made his getaway by floating down the South Fork river. In the end he was caught and jailed. This week, late Saturday night, a speeding driver abandoned his smashed-up car at Cascade and State streets. He vanished between houses in the direction of Lake George. Would he swim for his freedom? No, he had another angle. Soon he reappeared with his girlfriend at the crash site.
Next school year Meyer Middle School will again have an assistant principal. That position was downgraded to dean of students for this school year. The newly created position paid slightly less. A dean of students is not allowed to evaluate teachers and staff. Superintendent Tom Westerhaus said it was felt that having an assistant principal to oversee those evaluations was needed.