Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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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.
Officers responded to that cell phone call just after 8 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Lincoln Street. Sheriff deputies from Pierce and St. Croix counties came to assist. No one could be reached in the house. With a lead deputy holding a shield, the officers formed a line, charged the house and finally broke down a side door. No one was home but soon after the male suspect's ex-wife drove up.
After negotiations for more than a year brokered by the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, school district officials and Lyle and Roberta Johnson of the town of River Falls agreed to swap land along the Kinni west of the city. The exchange, approved Monday night at a school board meeting, would expand and join two parcels of school district land informally called "the school forest" on the south side of the river. The value of both properties are appraised almost equally, but the school district would get 35.2 acres from the Johnsons while giving up 17 acres on the north side of the river.
This month, one of the three major bond credit rating agencies downgraded its outlook on the fiscal health of the federal government. The credit rating agency considered the ability of the federal government to address its budget deficit and ballooning debt in reaching its conclusion. The analysis of the budget situation in Washington caused the credit rating agency to change the United States' outlook from stable to negative. If the U.S. were to lose its triple-A rating, the economic implications could be disastrous.
Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget would eliminate the state's 20-year-old mandatory recycling law and funding for local recycling grant programs. For St. Croix County, the state recycling funding loss would be $275,122.
Traditional Japanese Tea Offering student Ben Gavin will lead an observance to recognize the recent Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake, and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami Friday night, April 29, at the Unitarian Universalist Society church in the town of River Falls, N8010 Hwy. 65. The program will run from 7-9 p.m. Poetry and music will follow, including appearances by nationally published River Falls poet Thomas R.
A playful gesture? Not for the guy who took offense when another guy began fluffing up and frizzing his girlfriend's hair in a bar. No one would chill and soon a brawl broke out at Bo's 'N' Mine and spread to the alley. A River Falls police officer arrived outside around 1 a.m. Saturday, just in time, he claimed, to see the offended boyfriend punch another man in the face. The puncher, a 23-year-old local man, was very upset and had to be handcuffed. The one on the receiving end of that punch, a 25-year-old Horicon man, had a bloody nose.
Third Street next to East Cascade Avenue will be closed later Monday afternoon, April 18, during a UW-River Falls student group sponsored mock crash event. River Falls police, fire and ambulance departments are participating in supporting roles. Third Street, between Cascade and Spring Street, will close starting at 3:30 p.m. Bleachers will be put up around 4 p.m. and cars placed on the street. There will be sirens sounding from various city emergency vehicles starting around 6 p.m.
The 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Easter Egg Hunt will relocate from Glen Park to River Falls High school. Organizer Rose Rude said the forecast calls for cold, rain and high winds, not the best of conditions for parents and their small children. The River Falls Lions Club-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt is aimed at kids 1-7 years old. Rude said families attending Saturday's egg hunt should go to the high school's front entrance. The carnival, raffle, face painting, concessions and crafts table will be held in the school's commons.