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River Falls police had their hands full with an 18-year-old male who returned drunk to his parents' house at 1 a.m. Sunday and allegedly began shoving his girlfriend and fighting with his dad. When officers arrived they found the mom and dad had pinned the young man to the floor. After escorting him outside, the 18-year-old resisted getting inside a squad car. He allegedly spat mucus and blood at the face of one officer. The blood resulted from the earlier fighting with his dad. Eventually a spit hood was placed over the young man's face.
An 85-year-old local woman was found Thursday morning, Feb. 11, lying on the ground just outside the Edgewater apartments, 629 N. Main St. She apparently had left her room sometime during the night, gone out the door and fallen not far away. The overnight temperature was barely above zero. A River Falls Housing Authority maintenance worker making his morning rounds came upon the woman who was wearing only a nightgown and socks. Police and ambulance were called but the woman was already dead. She was soon identified as Shirley J.
Lisa Wheeler has accepted the job of vice president for student affairs at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. Wheeler, who lives in River Falls, is the current interim vice chancellor for administration and finance at UW-River Falls. She started at UW-RF in 1989 as assistant dean of students and then became director of the Academic Success Center. She left for a time and returned to the university in 2006 as interim chief information officer before moving on to her current position in October 2008. "My time at UW-River Falls has been wonderful," Wheeler said.
With the school board's approval Monday night, the River Falls School District has officially added 39 action plans as part of its overall stragic planning. Citizen groups have been hard at work for months to hammer out details. Superintendent Tom Westerhaus calls them his "marching orders." They include establishing a K-12 foreign language curriculum, community education for lifelong learning, after-school enrichment and homework classes for middle school students, and intramural sports. Westerhaus said implementing the Action Plans List will be gradual.
Ellery Case was born seven weeks early with life-threatening complications and given only a 5% chance to live. Her mother, Heidi, who grew up in River Falls, says: "Miraculously, Ellery is here today. She's a beautiful, happy and healthy 15-month little girl. She has battle wounds to show for her rough start, and a 44-day hospital stay, but she is a true miracle." Heidi's parents are Mark and Crystal Larsen of River Falls. Heidi graduated from UW-River Falls in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in finance. Before Ellery Case was even born, she was fighting for her life.
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.