Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Earlier this month the last surviving World War 1 combat veteran died in Australia at age 110. The River Falls Municipal Power Plant, circa 1900, is about the same age. Like the WWI combat vet, the local power plant's 110-year-plus lifespan is ending. The shutdown decision is expected to be made official Monday night, June 20, by the River Falls Utility Commission.
Two vehicles crashed on Hwy. 65 south of 830th Ave. just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. One driver, Brennen A. Olson, 17, from Wilson, was taken by River Falls ambulance to River Falls Area Hospital. Olson, in a 2001 Saturn, was southbound as he turned left into a driveway. He was hit by Christopher P. Hansen, 20, River Falls, who was also driving south on Hwy. 65 in a 1994 Acura. Hansen was not hurt. Olson had one passenger, Jessica A. Zappa, 17, River Falls.
Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board says its staff has verified enough valid signatures to hold a recall election against state Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls). The GAB also said it has confirmed enough signatures to hold recall elections for three other Republican senators: Dan Kapanke of La Crosse, Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac and Luther Olsen of Ripon. The board will asked on May 23 to order recall elections against all four lawmakers on July 12.
Saturday just after 3:30 p.m. two men walked into Dick's Plus Hometown Liquor. Two minutes later they walked out, one of them apparently with a money bag from an office safe stuffed in his back pocket. River Falls police say the men got away with a sizable sum of cash and daily receipts. Both suspects are visible on the store's security camera video. One suspect wore jeans, plain white T-shirt and a black cap. The other wore khaki shorts, white T-shirt and a green-and-yellow Green Bay Packers baseball cap. Police are still investigating this store theft.
Off the beaten path of Main Street lies...The Closet. "Most people don't know we're here," says The Closet Manager Linda Giardina. "We're not on Main Street where people are going by and can look in our windows and see all the clothes. Those who find us do so by accident or word of mouth. "But where else can you go to find a real nice spring jacket for $5, or a name-brand blouse for $2? We're just in a bad spot, but we've got a great selection and the lowest prices." The "bad spot" actually has a scenic view of the Kinnickinnic River and beyond that sits the new City Hall.
River Falls police arrested a 57-year-old local man Tuesday afternoon, May 3, on drug charges after getting a warrant to search his home at 217 E. Elm St. The case began when police were notified by the U.S. Postal service that a package with that local address smelled of marijuana. According to Police Chief Roger Leque, a federal search warrant was used to open and examine the package, which allegedly was found to contain a large amount of cash. At 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, police used a search warrant at the 217 E. Elm St. house.
At last week's re-organizational meeting of the River Falls school board, Stacy Johnson Myers was re-elected as president. Dennis Behnke was re-elected as board vice president, while Barb Kolpin was named clerk and Manny Kenney treasurer. School board members also approved various committee and building representative assignments for the next year: Business Affairs Committee: Manny Kenney (chair), Rich Gerczak and Mike Miller Education Program Committee: Alan Tuchtenhagen (chair), Rich Gerczak and Barb Kolpin Personnel Committee: Dennis Behnke (chair),
Why go 12,000 feet high at the equator to assist poor native inhabitants whose scattered village numbers 75 households? "You can't change the world. It's too big.
Three predawn Sunday blazes within a half-mile of each other are being looked into as possible arson cases. Fortunately, no one was hurt and property damage was minimal. Two occurred on the UW-River Falls campus, including in the Hathorn Hall basement, and a third was just off campus on Broadway Street where new apartments are being built. Police along with the River Falls Fire Department are working to solve these suspicious fire incidents from Sunday.
When it comes to home buying, it continues to be a buyers' market. That's been the case nationwide, statewide, and in St. Croix and Pierce counties. According to information by the Wisconsin REALTORS Association, home sales and median prices declined in the western region of the state last month. WRA says 75 home sales occurred in St. Croix County in March 2011, compared to 89 sales one year ago, for a decline of 15.7%. The statewide decline was 18.5% and the decline in WRA's west region was 28%. The median home price in St.