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Rather than just give to a worthy cause in some abstract way, Lynn Huiskamp decided to organize a fundraiser that was tangible and rigorous. Participants would have to work it. Huiskamp hopes that will make Tri4Grace -- a "sprint triathlon" -- truly meaningful. Tri4Grace will start Saturday morning, April 27, at the high school. You can register now for $30 until April 12 .
An ad-hoc hiring committee, chaired by Superintendent Tom Westerhaus, has picked Kit Luedtke to be River Falls High School principal starting July 1. Current Principal Elaine Baumann is retiring. Luedtke is the current high school assistant principal of academics. His recommendation must be voted on April 8 by the school board's Personnel Committee and by the full school board April 15. The high school principal's opening drew 36 applicants.
Starting 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23 in the River Falls High School commons area, scores of young kids will get ready, get set and go hunt Easter eggs in the annual event sponsored by the River Falls Lions Club.
Winter has its share of nasty storms, but the ones in spring and summer are preceded by the city's warning sirens. Those sirens must be tested regularly, so get ready. River Falls's audible testing of the outdoor warning siren system has the following schedule. If there's severe or threatening weather at scheduled test times, there are makeup dates that come next day: 1 p.m. Monday, March 25; makeup: 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 1:45 p.m. Thursday, April 18; makeup: 1:45 p.m. Friday, April 19 1 p.m. Monday, May 20; makeup: 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 1 p.m.
Just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, local firefighters were sent to a blaze of an engulfed rental building owned by the River Falls Housing Authority at 430 Griffey St. Crews arrived to find heavy fire coming from the middle unit of the triplex. Thirty firefighters used three engines and a ladder truck, and were on the scene for several hours.
Bound face down late at night in the depths of a Guatemalan jungle, Jesse Bystrom, husband, father of a kindergartner, felt his 35 years of life would end with a bullet to the head. "Laying there I had this sick feeling where I could see someone taking my place back home, marrying my wife, raising my son," said Bystrom, a 1996 River Falls High School graduate. "I was battling against the fear and terror on the outside, but inside I really felt a spiritual realm and the peace of God. I hadn't gone into shock.
Burglars hit Game Quest, 1585 Paulson Road, either late Saturday night, March 2, after closing or Sunday morning. Pry marks were found to the front door. Police gathered evidence and fingerprints. A money bag, two TVs and a video security system were stolen. The store was also ransacked, including behind the counter where papers and video games were scattered. Several bins were missing. Recently Fantastic Sam's hair salon next door to Game Quest was also burglarized. No one has been caught. Anyone with tips to help solve the crime(s) should call police at 715-425-0909.
Are you so fed up you've given up on politics? Are you frustrated during elections that there's no real choice besides voting Republican or Democrat? Welcome to the world of the Libertarian Party Pierce-St. Croix. The area party was born Saturday morning, Feb. 23. Delivery came at the UW-River Falls campus with the party's first-ever caucus. Founder and first elected chairman of the Libertarians, Robert Burke of Hudson, was emphatic about the current political failures. "First, let's stop calling the two parties Republicans and Democrats," he said.
As the River Falls School District works on its own budget, one is being proposed for Wisconsin that includes how much schools can spend for the 2013-14 year. Gov. Scott Walker proposes to cap school spending at the current level but allow for some incentive payments for high-performing districts. River Falls school board members last week criticized the governor's zero-percent spending lid.
MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker received Dennis G. Smith's resignation letter on Friday, Feb. 22, and appointed Department of Health Services (DHS) Deputy Secretary Kitty Rhoades as the new secretary. Rhoades, from Hudson, served in the state Assembly from 1999 until retiring in 2010. "I would like to thank Dennis for his service to the state of Wisconsin--because of his efforts Medicaid is now on a sustainable path," said Walker.