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The massive highway projects on the edge of River Falls still have two months to go. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Wendy Maves says the work is on target to finish by the July 16 deadline. Later this month drivers will be switched from the northbound lanes to the southbound lanes of Hwy. 35. The southbound lanes have been milled and repaved with concrete. The same will now be done to the northbound lanes. The rest of the highway bypass -- which is just two lanes as opposed to the divided, four-lane stretch to the north -- is only being repaved with asphalt.
River Falls police were sent to a home intruder call at 4:20 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of South Third Street. The 25-year-old suspect was caught by the unarmed homeowner. He was ordered to sit or he would be shot. The suspect did as he was told, saying he was only looking for Bob. The homeowner said his wife woke him because she heard window pounding. He checked all around, including the doors, found nothing, but accidentally left the front door unlocked. Soon after the confused suspect walked inside.
During a job interview more than six years ago, Katie Chaffee was asked why she deserved the newly created position of event coordinator for the lower library gallery. She replied, "Because I've been waiting for this job longer than anyone else. It's what I've always wanted to do...I envisioned this job when they first built the library (in 1997)." In April 2004 Chaffee got her dream job. She left the Journal, where she was a reporter.
Local comedian Todd Andrews entertained about 75 volunteers of the Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties Wednesday evening, May 12, at the River Falls Golf Club. The event was held to recognize the contributions of the free health clinic's many volunteers. Food was catered by the West Wind Supper Club. The evening's theme, appropriately, was "Laughter: It's great medicine." Andrews is from Boston but marriage brought him to Pierce County. He had the free clinic gathering laughing hard as he spoke about his first impressions of Midwestern accents, hunting habits and farm life.
The community garden space at 404 Winter St. that was first planted by Grow to Share last year is now being headed by River Falls Community Gardens.
A 26-year-old local man was stopped after he allegedly fishtailed his pickup truck while turning downtown and then accelerated fast as he headed north on Main Street. A pedestrian in a crosswalk was forced to jump back to avoid being hit. This occurred last Thursday as bars let out. The driver was pulled over in the Dollar General Store parking lot. When asked why he was speeding, the man said he was hurrying to find his mom a Mother's Day gift. And where was he off to an 2:20 a.m. to find such a gift?
Sunday morning Pierce County deputies responded to a crash with one serious injury on Hwy. 10 just east of County Road OO in the town of Trimbelle. Tyler Stees, 19, Hager City, was driving west in a mini-van when he hit a small deer crossing the highway. The deer was thrown in the air and into the eastbound lane of traffic. The animal fell through the windshield of a car driven by Gregory J. Spindler, 37, Shakopee, Minn., and landed on his passenger, Sarah A.
T-Mobile is asking the city for permission to build a telecommunications tower at 618 N. Fourth St. next to the hilltop water reservoir. The request and plan could go before the Plan Commission at its Tuesday evening, June 1, meeting, that would also include a public hearing. City Administrator Scot Simpson said T-Mobile would lease the site.
If a three-year lease is signed as expected, the River Falls Community Food Pantry will be operating at the old Mr. Movies store, 222 N. Main St., behind Bo Jon's Flowers by July 1. Steve Smith and Janna Carl, key members of the food pantry, will help lead the transfer from Ezekiel Lutheran Church. The old Mr. Movies interior -- about 4,000 square feet -- will be split between the food pantry and Foster Community Foundation. The nonprofit groups work in tandem and hope to sign a three-year lease.
The Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exams, taken last November, reveal in a general way how local kids are doing in school. The WKCE results show how River Falls did in five core subjects for grades 4, 8 and 10. Below, local scores are compared to state averages and eight other area school districts.