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People are impatient. People drink. The two combined can be volatile, especially if you're trying to make a delivery from Domino's Pizza, 118 N. Main St. According to police, that scenario was in place Tuesday evening, Feb. 16, at 1450 S. Wasson Lane. An upset 49-year-old man there was ticketed for punching a 27-year-old pizza delivery man in the face.
John Swenson, 83, who farmed for many years on Halo Drive in the town of Kinnickinnic, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, at United Hospital in St. Paul. In retirement, Swenson served as a Kinnickinnic Town Board supervisor.
The Route bike shop may have just closed, but, just in time for spring, a new one is set to replace it. Local man Isaac Curtis, a bike mechanic at The Route, expects to open Crank Worx, 122 S. Main St., March 1. Curtis has the blessing of Adam Schmidt, owner of The Route for nearly 13 years, who called Curtis a "trusted employee." Crank Worx will also carry Trek bicycle inventory.
Mike Tasker, NCCM vice president, and Brent Niccum, president/CEO, stand in the company's production room. Behind them is the early phase where industrial mill rolls are sized and cut for customer orders. NCCM has 15 full-time employees and a handful or part-timers. Tasker said the company tries to hire locally, pays above-market wages with benefits, is community focused and plans to eventually expand in space leased from what was the old Kolpak walk-in freezer plant, 715 St. Croix St. NCCM was created from a management buyout of a product line 3M operated for 20 years in Prairie du Chien.
Hudson Hospital and Clinics and the St. Croix County Public Health Department have compiled a health improvement plan. A summary of that plan was unveiled at a community meeting at Hudson hospital earlier this month. Titled "St. Croix County Community Health Improvement Plan 2009-2014," the five-year program is aimed at improving the overall health of all citizens in St.
Pierce County judge candidate Joe Boles had roughly a 6-1 vote advantage in River Falls over Bob Loberg to finish first in the three-way primary contest Tuesday. The other candidate, Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle, finished a distant third and was eliminated. Boles, an attorney from River Falls, and Loberg, an attorney from Ellsworth, will square off in the April 6 general election.
River Falls police had their hands full with an 18-year-old male who returned drunk to his parents' house at 1 a.m. Sunday and allegedly began shoving his girlfriend and fighting with his dad. When officers arrived they found the mom and dad had pinned the young man to the floor. After escorting him outside, the 18-year-old resisted getting inside a squad car. He allegedly spat mucus and blood at the face of one officer. The blood resulted from the earlier fighting with his dad. Eventually a spit hood was placed over the young man's face.
An 85-year-old local woman was found Thursday morning, Feb. 11, lying on the ground just outside the Edgewater apartments, 629 N. Main St. She apparently had left her room sometime during the night, gone out the door and fallen not far away. The overnight temperature was barely above zero. A River Falls Housing Authority maintenance worker making his morning rounds came upon the woman who was wearing only a nightgown and socks. Police and ambulance were called but the woman was already dead. She was soon identified as Shirley J.
Lisa Wheeler has accepted the job of vice president for student affairs at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. Wheeler, who lives in River Falls, is the current interim vice chancellor for administration and finance at UW-River Falls. She started at UW-RF in 1989 as assistant dean of students and then became director of the Academic Success Center. She left for a time and returned to the university in 2006 as interim chief information officer before moving on to her current position in October 2008. "My time at UW-River Falls has been wonderful," Wheeler said.
With the school board's approval Monday night, the River Falls School District has officially added 39 action plans as part of its overall stragic planning. Citizen groups have been hard at work for months to hammer out details. Superintendent Tom Westerhaus calls them his "marching orders." They include establishing a K-12 foreign language curriculum, community education for lifelong learning, after-school enrichment and homework classes for middle school students, and intramural sports. Westerhaus said implementing the Action Plans List will be gradual.