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A 25-year-old local man was cited for disorderly conduct at the downtown Best Western motel for allegedly pushing around a young woman who wanted him out of the room she and her friends had paid for to stay the night. The man was found naked in bed with another woman from the same group. The two had returned to the room earlier in the night after meeting at a downtown bar where they'd been dancing. The group of ladies had been out barhopping as part of a birthday celebration. Now, upon their return to the motel room, they demanded that the man leave immediately.
Dean Van Galen says his inauguration as the 18th chancellor of UW-River Falls is not just about him. "It offers an occasion to celebrate the traditions and promises of this campus, of telling the story of our university to the rest of the state," he said. "It's also a time, like commencement, that encourages us to reflect, to step back from the day-to-day issues and evaluate our role as a university, both in the past and as stewards of its future." Van Galen's inaugural will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the Riverview Ballroom, of the University Center on campus.
By the calendar, it's still winter but that doesn't mean spring preparations can be put off. Police Chief Roger Leque says the city's siren network is checked and ready for the season's first audible test 6 p.m.
A public hearing on a proposed $366,000 budget reduction package for the 2010-11 school year drew lots of feedback March 8 at the high school library. Among the nearly 30 people who took the microphone was former high school teacher Bob Gustafson.
His wife called 911 after he returned home from a bar last Wednesday night. The back of his head was bleeding heavily. He claimed two teenage assailants whacked him from behind with a board or stick in back of Mel's Midtowner, then walked off. They said nothing, didn't rob him. The man collapsed, may have briefly passed out. Checking all this out, officers quickly realized the story didn't add up. The police investigation eventually showed the 64-year-old local man was intoxicated inside the bar, stumbling around and had been kicked out.
Three young Minnesota men were picked up Thursday night, March 11, after allegedly flashing around five $100 bills at a rural Pierce County bar in the town of Trenton. The three men, all 21 years old, were stopped on Hwy. 63 not far from the Woodshed Bar where they allegedly tried using the fake bills. According to the sheriff's department, the men came into the bar accompanied by three women around 8 p.m. Thursday.
If you have young kids, mark your calendars for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Glen Park. That's when an Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the River Falls Lions and the university's Falcon Fellows, will be held. A free, public, Easter Egg Hunt was once a tradition in River Falls, but there hasn't been one for more than a decade. "It'll be a nice opportunity to bring this back," said Lion member and organizer Rose Rude. "The kids should have a blast." More than 1,500 plastic eggs stuffed with candy, toys and stickers will be placed around Glen Park.
Police arrested a 22-year-old UW-River Falls student for battery late Saturday night, but no one's been able to sort out what happened and why. Heavy drinking likely contributed to the conflicting accounts and blurry memories. Neither the college student arrested nor the young man who had his nose split open by a blow to the face could explain. Both assailant and victim, along with others, were leaving a house at 302 E. Walnut street for the downtown bars when the attack seems to have occurred. At first officers couldn't find the victim. He'd already been taken to the hospital.
Two high school state champions in one weekend, two parades down Main Street River Falls Sunday! The River Falls-based Fusion hockey team won a state title in Madison, while the River Falls high school gymnists captured the state crown in Wisconsin Rapids. Both teams were given the traditional fire-truck ride through downtown. The sun broke through and the mild weather made if comfortable for lightly dressed supporters and family members to cheer on and applaud these remarkable athletes. Pictured are the gymnists who had their parade at 1 p.m.
Five vehicles got banged up in Thursday morning's dense fog on County Road FF west of Hwy. 29 in the town of River Falls. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, a 1989 Chevy truck driven by Steven Meads of rural River Falls was eastbound on FF when he swerved to avoid another car, also eastbound, that suddenly appeared in the fog ahead. Meads maneuvered over to the shoulder. A 1997 Mercury Tracer driven by Nicole Turner, 18, and her passenger Joellen Turner, 15, both of River Falls, slowed and moved to the left of Meads' truck.