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A 24-year-old New Richmond man was arrested for disorderly conduct on North Main Street at 2 a.m. Saturday for punching another man in the face as the two were being separated outside a bar. Inside the bar, the arrested man allegedly called the other man a "fag" and then kissed him on the side of the cheek. This led to pushing and shoving. Both were escorted outside by bouncers. Once outside, police say the 24-year-old ripped off his shirt, flexed his muscles and tried to attack the other man he'd kissed.
Service to country has affected the River Falls Police Department. Its newest officer, 25-year-old Kevin Moore from Osseo, was a temporary fill-in last year for Denton Anderson, now serving overseas in Kuwait with the U.S. Navy. Moore, with the Marine Corps Reserves, was sent to Iraq in 2008. He was stationed near Fallujah with the infantry as a machine gunner. He did outpost guard duty, foot patrol and mobile patrol in an armored vehicle as a turret gunner. "I was deployed 10 days after I got married," Moore said.
River Falls police are seeking tips so they can catch the person who pried open a patio apartment door at 1164 Bartosh Lane late in the day Friday and stole a 42-inch plasma TV, two 12-inch subwoofers and some speaker amps. The apartment was locked at the time. The female tenant was away. Investigator John Wilson asks that anyone who saw a someone leave that area Friday hauling a big TV to call the police department at 425-0909.
A senseless act of vandalism outside City Hall over the weekend caused nearly $7,000 in damages and repair costs. With a $5,000 insurance deductible, city taxpayers will be stuck covering that amount. Three upright landscaping Bollard Lights were found smashed or knocked over on the walkway from West Maple Street leading to City Hall. Also, two ground-level lamps that shine on the City Hall flagpoles were either busted or pulled out. Some electrical wires were left exposed. If you know who might be responsible, call police at 425-0909.
Most college graduates want a decent-paying job and to move on with their lives. Not Brad Wagenaar. Not yet. He's moving on, but not for himself. The rural River Falls resident graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a clinical psychology degree.
With the fastest all-around time as an American in recent Olympic speed skating trials, Maria Lamb surges toward her second Winter Olympics this month. The town of River Falls native will compete in the 5,000 meter race, the longest for women. Her mother, Betty, says Maria skates fastest the longer the distance. Four years ago speed skater Maria had her first taste of the Winter Olympics held in Torino, Italy. Maria didn't win a metal but competed in the 1500 meter race, finishing 24th out of 35.
A 21-year-old local driver was found lodged in a snowbank near Grove and Maple streets at 8 a.m. Sunday. Head leaning against the side window, he appeared to have passed out. An officer rapping on the window finally got his attention. The man said what he last remembered was heading to a friend's house.
Otis Marshall Rucks, 51, a recovering alcoholic, has not been seen since Wednesday, Jan. 12. Family and friends have not heard from him and say he hasn't answered his cell phone. Rucks, from Minnesota, was recently a client at the local Kinnic Falls halfway house. Police were contacted to see if they could help locate Rucks. He's not wanted for a crime, but there's concern about his condition and whereabouts. Rucks is six feet one, 220 pounds, and drives a burgundy GMC Suburban.
The school board Monday passed a resolution to refinance just under $9 million in general obligation bonds for a much lower interest rate. The expected savings will go directly to school district taxpayers. The 1999 bonds relate to borrowing needed to build the high school. Finance Director Chad Smurawa said the debt's current interest rate is 5.5%. The new rate will come during bidding next month.
After innocently going to church Sunday morning, Wendy Querna returned home to this "supportive" birthday greeting at 217 Hamilton Drive. "It took me a couple of seconds to process it all. There was underwear everywhere -- in the trees, on the roof, in the backyard," said Querna, who works at River Falls State Bank and just turned the big 50. The perpetrators were relatives from Prescott and Hastings, Minn., along with her son, David, a 2009 River Falls High School graduate and the "inside man," giving the signal when Querna left the house.