Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
- Member for
- 2 years 3 months
Sitting at the same desk as Grant Hanson, his old high school principal, Mark Chapin feels both honored and surreal. Last year at this time, he sat at the desk of his old assistant high school principal, Tom Carroll. Chapin's administrative ascent has been swift.
When Ken Olson looks outside his house of 33 years at Broadway and Orange streets, he sees the future. It fills him with dismay and anger. For now, he still sees a woods teeming with a diverse ecosystem, a "treasure trove" of opossums, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, rabbits, deer, orioles, wrens, woodpeckers, bluebirds, wildflowers, roses, ferns, blackberries, raspberries, and more that thrive under a canopy of trees that extend to the South Fork tributary. Olson's even gone in those woods -- some of which lie on university property -- and found edible morels.
A 44-year-old local man was arrested and jailed for substantial battery and disorderly conduct Sunday morning after allegedly beating up his 50-year-old brother. The two men live together but clearly weren't getting along. The older brother, the victim, wound up with a bloody gash above the eye that needed medical attention. The older brother claimed his younger brother grabbed him by the hair and slugged him repeatedly in the forehead.
A project to stabilize the foundations of Glen Park's suspension bridge has begun, according to City Engineer Reid Wronski. The City Council approved the $117,000 project bid in July to St. Paul-based Engineering and Construction Innovators. Wronski said the foundation upgrade for Swinging Bridge is needed because of normal wear-and-tear caused by erosion, moisture, freezing and thawing.
Only five of the original 44 applicants remain to fill the newly created full-time paid position of River Falls fire chief. There were six, but one dropped out. Chris Cernohous, current volunteer fire chief and also a River Falls public works employee, is one of the remaining five. Cernohous has been with the River Falls Fire Department for almost 15 years.
Superintendent Tom Westerhaus has picked Rita Humbert, principal of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Hastings, Minn., to be acting principal at Westside Elementary School for the 2010-11 year. The school board votes Monday night on the Humbert recommendation.
Hunter Squire discovered the newest lake in River Falls Wednesday morning, Aug. 11, following torrential overnight rains that dumped more than four inches. Hunter's mom, Monique, spotted the stormwater runoff that had filled the drainage bowl at Hoffman Park. She thought Hunter would enjoy the lake-filled basin. So he slipped into his swim trunks, waded in, swam a couple of "laps" before standing by the partly submerged soccer goal net while mom snapped his picture. She said it was the "perfect outing for a 10-year-old boy." Hunter's father is John.
School district officials have proposed an overall tax levy increase of just under 2% to help finance the 2010-11 school year budget. School district residents can vote yes or no on the new $18,075,561 tax levy at the 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, Annual Meeting in the high school library.
The latest summer storm of 2010 brought 3.87 inches of rain to River Falls overnight into Wednesday. Other areas of Pierce and St. Croix County got 4-5 inches. At 7 a.m. Wednesday, six hours after the deluge had moved on, the Hoffman Park drain basin was so filled from water runoff it looked like a new city lake had formed. In Pierce County, Hwy. 63 north of Hwy. 29 was expected to be closed all day Wednesday due to flooding, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Hwy. 10 at County Road A was also closed due to rising water. Hwy. 29 west of Hwy.
Like his town of Clifton neighbor Rob Chambers, retired Dayton's cabinet maker Steve Cochrane has rescued stranded Kinnickinnic River travelers. Those rescued, he says, were either unprepared, ill equipped or both. "In the last few years there have been multiple rescues by the Pierce County Sheriff's office, with other units and a helicopter," he said.