Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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The Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exams, taken last November, reveal in a general way how local kids are doing in school. The WKCE results show how River Falls did in five core subjects for grades 4, 8 and 10. Below, local scores are compared to state averages and eight other area school districts.
Soft-spoken Roger Peterson shakes his head and murmurs, "There's never a dull moment around here. But what's coming will be way different." The lifelong farmer is not talking about 23-year-old daughter Tracy.
St. Croix County Sheriff deputies arrested a town of Kinnickinnic man at his home April 22 for a holdup at a Great Clips hair salon in Hastings, Minn. Guy Weeks, 49, 94 Ponderosa Road, was taken to county jail in Hudson. He later waived extradition rights and was moved to Dakota County Jail in Minnesota. Weeks, who has worked at UW-River Falls since 2006 as a facilities maintenance specialist, was charged with a felony for attempted aggravated robbery. He allegedly called in sick for his job that day.
A 21-year-old local man stopped for his second drunk driving arrest just after midnight Monday had a passenger River Falls police were after. The 20-year-old male suspect, a university student, was allegedly sitting next to a Denver Broncos mailbox. It had been broken off and taken earlier that night from the front of a house in the 1300 block of West Division Street. When questioned, the student allegedly fessed up and said he swiped the mailbox because he wanted to give it to a friend who's a Denver Broncos fan.
Hudson mayor and businessman Dean Knudson will announce his candidacy to the 30th State Assembly seat this Friday, April 23, in both River Falls and Hudson. The seat is now held by Kitty Rhoades. Knudson will officially declare his candidacy at Air Motion Systems, 674 Highland Drive, in the city's Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park, at 9:30 a.m. He will follow that up with an announcement in Hudson at Pier 500, 500 First St., at 11 a.m. The public is invited to both. Knudson is a Republican.
A patrol officer was pulling his trigger when the crouching, male suspect allegedly pointing a semi-automatic handgun at him finally threw it to the ground and surrendered. This was late Sunday night in the 600 block of Sunset Lane. A 27-year-old man who lives there was later charged with two felonies and drunk driving. River Falls police responded to the address after a complaint that a moped driver had run a stop sign and almost caused a crash. A 19-year-old Hayward man followed the suspect to Sunset Lane.
A 50-year-old female passenger was killed during a car vs. motorcycle collision late Saturday morning at Hwy. 35 and County Road E. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department identified the victim as Lori Sobania of Oakdale, Minn. Sobania was a passenger on a northbound motorcycle driven by William Sobania, also of Oakdale. Both were thrown from the motorcycle. The two were hit when a car allegedly driven by Amy Raymo, 31, of River Falls, pulled out of the intersection and hit the motorcycle.
A River Falls teenager was sentenced to 20 days jail Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court for two counts of receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property. Evan R. Bakke, 18, N8041 925th St., was placed on two years' probation for the three misdemeanors by Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing. The jail term was a probation condition. Wing explained his sentencing by stating he was concerned Bakke could be calculating one minute and immature the next because he'd seen evidence of both.
River Falls police say they arrested two bicycle thieves over the weekend, but the tip that solved the case allegedly came from the thieves. The young man and woman, one a college student, were eating Mexican at the local Mariachi Loco restaurant. The owner of the two stolen mountain bikes was also eating two tables away. He claimed to hear the woman tell her boyfriend that she couldn't believe they'd stolen the bikes and that she'd pedaled hers in high heels! Police were called. The couple was questioned in the restaurant parking lot.
One of the largest civic service organizations worldwide - the Optimists Club -- is hoping to organize a chapter soon in River Falls. "We are excited about helping the children of River Falls," said local organizer Alice Baldini. "We are looking for some other like-minded individuals who would like to help us improve the lives of children in our community. Baldini said a club meeting will be held soon for interested persons. "Those who best know what River Falls needs are those who live here all year," she said.