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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.
Visible work should begin in four months to add on/off ramps, an overpass and roundabouts for the intersection of Radio Road and Hwy. 35N. In addition, Paulson Road, which now ends by the River Falls Journal building in Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park, will be extended northwest to Radio Road. A double-lane roundabout will be built where the two eventually intersect. "Once the contractor is selected, construction is scheduled to begin in mid-May," said Beth Cunningham, project engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Spooner office.
High School Principal Elaine Baumann announced on her 62nd birthday Monday, Jan. 14, that she was retiring. She has submitted a letter of resignation to Superintendent Tom Westerhaus that will be officially accepted at the school board's regular meeting Monday evening, Jan. 21.
HAYWARD -- The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation announced today that the BirkieTour scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 19, has been cancelled due to poor trail conditions and skier safety concerns. The recent one-inch of new snow has not bonded to the ice base on the Birkie Trail.
River Falls police, with the help of a Pierce County Sheriff's deputy, arrested a 20-year-old Ellsworth woman for drunk driving before 3 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at Hwy. 29 and the Hwy. 65/35 bypass. The woman allegedly hit and knocked over a "Keep Right" highway sign that another driver later ran over and got a flat tire on. The woman's front-end smashed 2008 Chevy Cobalt left a big trail of dripping antifreeze. The car was stopped by a deputy south of River Falls on Hwy.
It's not like it was but, all things considered, it could be worse. St. Croix Sport owners Chris and Linda Jensen still don't know what the future holds after their store/shop on Hwy. 35N was torched and closed by a Dec. 28 night fire. What they do know is that, for now, they're back in business -- thanks to their good next-door neighbors at Total Excavating. "It's not what we had, but it will have to work, and it's just great being open again," said Linda Jensen.