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Except for a few more drunk drivers, it was a fairly subdued week in River Falls policeland. Some college students did manage to add a little spice. Just before 3 a.m. last Thursday at a rental house at 913 S. Main St., several students were found gathered in their driveway, listening to loud music and watching the flames consume a couch and window frame. The responding police officer noticed the fire had spread to the gravel driveway and was nearing two buildings and a car. The officer got the students to douse the blaze by throwing water.
If you grew up in River Falls, "Kinnickinnic Country" will be pleasurably nostalgic. If you're a newcomer, the book will immerse you in mid-20th century life and catch you up on local lore. At least that's the aim of the book's author, Mark Wyman, and his sidekick Don Richards. They should know a thing or two about River Falls history since they came of age here in the 1950s -- the book's core period. Mark eventually left town and went on to become a professional historian like his famous father, Walker Wyman.
A state arbitrator has ruled that local school bus driver Ruth Joy Anderson may have her job back after being fired last year for not reporting an accident. School District Personnel Director Donna Hill announced the ruling at a recent school board meeting. Anderson had driven a school bus for 21 years before her firing last June.
Investigating a loud party complaint at 114 S. Fourth St. just before 2 a.m. Sunday turned into something bigger and more violent for two River Falls patrol officers. One of the tenants, a 19-year-old UW-River Falls student, refused to cooperate, allegedly banged a back door shut against one officer and a short time later hit the same officer in the face with a closed fist. The struggle continued inside the rental house.
The River Falls Fire Department will set off a controlled series of fires along the White Pathway starting at 1:30 p.m.
At the end of a long procession of dignitaries, UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen walked into the Riverview Ballroom at University Center Friday afternoon to be officially installed in the job he took last summer. Hundreds looked on or were on stage with Van Galen, including former chancellors Don Betz and Virgil Nylander, state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, state Rep.
School board members expressed frustration and regret March 22 but unanimously passed a $366,600 reduction package to balance next year's budget. The savings will come from all grade levels and the central administrative office.
The state's Department of Transportation has moved up the schedule for the Highway 35/65 construction project affecting River Falls. Instead of starting in mid-April, as announced earlier, the work will begin Monday morning, March 29.
A 25-year-old local man was cited for disorderly conduct at the downtown Best Western motel for allegedly pushing around a young woman who wanted him out of the room she and her friends had paid for to stay the night. The man was found naked in bed with another woman from the same group. The two had returned to the room earlier in the night after meeting at a downtown bar where they'd been dancing. The group of ladies had been out barhopping as part of a birthday celebration. Now, upon their return to the motel room, they demanded that the man leave immediately.
Dean Van Galen says his inauguration as the 18th chancellor of UW-River Falls is not just about him. "It offers an occasion to celebrate the traditions and promises of this campus, of telling the story of our university to the rest of the state," he said. "It's also a time, like commencement, that encourages us to reflect, to step back from the day-to-day issues and evaluate our role as a university, both in the past and as stewards of its future." Van Galen's inaugural will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the Riverview Ballroom, of the University Center on campus.