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The River Falls School District's Community Education program is preparing to sponsor the second annual Daddy Daughter Dance. The occasion is open to girls ages 3-10 who are escorted by a father, grandfather or brother. The dance is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the high school commons. Community Education Coordinator Monique Squires said excitement and interest for the dance is building. "I had a dad call me on Friday saying that he was changing his international travel plans so he could attend this event with his daughter," she said.
Local Municipal Utility workers are dealing with another broken water main at the location of Ninth Street near Meyer Middle School. Drinking water service is being shut off at about 5 p.m. in the vicinity of Ninth Street between Hazel and Cedar streets until the pipe can be repaired and water tested to assure its drinking safety. About one dozen homes and the Middle School in the immediate area will be without water while the repair is made. A response crew is onsite and the estimated duration of the service interruption will be 4-6 hours.
The school board met in closed session Monday night and decided the first step to replace retiring Superintendent Tom Westerhaus was to hire a consulting firm. Board President Stacy Johnson Myers said a consultant search had begun. Interviews with promising applicants will end Friday, Feb. 15. A hiring decision will come later in the month. The school board has used consultants to oversee recent superintendent searches, including for Westerhaus and, his predecessor, Boyd McLarty. "We don't have the expertise," Johnson Myers said of the school board.
Jeremy Sabelko's wife, Amber, calls him "very competitive, very stubborn, someone who always wants to win." "I'm hoping that attitude will make a difference," she said Friday night, Jan. 25, at their home four miles east of River Falls.
River Falls Police are trying to find the man wearing a cap in the surveillance photos who carried out a quick-change scam at BP Amoco, 1553 Paulson Road, at 10:40 p.m. Dec. 11. The suspect entered the store, bought a soda and paid with a large bill. He then kept asking for varying amounts of change and wound up getting $150 more from the clerk than he started with. Please call 715-425-0909 if you can assist with the suspect's identity. Officer Ryan Miller is working the case. Sgt. Jon Aubart oversees all investigations.
River Falls Police are investigating break-ins at Fantastic Sam's, 1587 Paulson Road, late last Thursday night, Jan. 24, and at Designer Doors, 702 Troy St. in the industrial park, between Jan. 18 and 21. Neither case has been solved yet. At Fantastic Sam's hair salon, someone apparently got in by smashing the window of the front door and crawling under a bar. The suspect, or suspects, may also have gotten out the same way. The intruder set off a motion sensor inside that triggered an alarm. Officers arrived quickly and secured the salon after finding it empty.
Pierce County Public Health Director Sue Galoff made the announcement Friday: "(The county) is experiencing a flu outbreak just like the rest of the country." Nine Pierce County flu cases requiring hospitalization were confirmed -- last year at this time there was only one. In St. Croix County, Public Heath Supervisor Sharon Reyzer said the most recent data shows 12 hospitalized flu cases in that county.
Chippewa Valley Technical College is expanding its leadership team at the River Falls campus as it prepares for an expansion of the campus itself. Beth Hein was also named campus administrator and dean at River Falls, effective with the start of the spring term this week. Hein had served as CVTC's dean of business and service. Among Hein's new duties in River Falls will be to direct an expansion of both the physical facilities and program offerings at the 500 S.
River Falls Police found a 29-year-old local woman in the station lobby Sunday night, Jan. 20. She was crying and holding her hand, allegedly claiming that she'd lost her temper and repeatedly punched out her 30-year-old live-in boyfriend. The woman said she might have broken her hand during the attack. Police escorted her to the hospital to see a doctor. The incident took place in the 300 block of East Elm Street.
The school board was given a second major resignation letter this week when Superintendent Tom Westerhaus gave his Thursday, Jan. 17. Westerhaus's resignation will go into effect as of June 30. A few days earlier River Falls High School Principal Elaine Baumann turned in her letter of resignation for the end of the current school year. Baumann just turned 62, and Westerhaus will soon turn 62. Westerhaus is in his fifth year as superintendent of River Falls public schools.