Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Voting again may seem like a long way off, but registration is underway for the spring elections held in April. There is already one confirmed new candidate running for two available seats on the school board. Should you choose to become a school board candidate, stop in at the district's administrative office, 852 E. Division St., and ask for the two forms you'll need -- Campaign Registration Statement and Declaration of Candidacy. Once filled out and turned in, you become a school board candidate.
Earlier this year Paul Goudreault, longtime resident of the town of Kinnickinnic, was named CEO of Designer Doors, 702 Troy St., in the city's industrial park. Designer Doors will have an open house with plant tours 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6. The event is open to the public and will include snacks and refreshments.
Thanksgiving proved to be a quiet week for crime fighting in River Falls, but police were kept busy nabbing shoplifters. ShopKo appears to be the shoplifting store of choice.
Acting on a tip last Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 17, that the son of a woman resident at Kinnic Long Term Care was coming to say goodbye to her before killing his siblings who live in the area, the nursing home, hospital and clinic locked doors as a safety measure. The 52-year-old male suspect lives in St. Croix Beach, Minn. He never reached River Falls to carry out his threats, including that he would also kill himself. Instead he was arrested at his home by Washington County, Minn., sheriff's deputies.
Sure they're getting older, but food-drive elder statesmen Jerry Carter and Mel Germanson say nothing but divine intervention can keep them from standing in the cold for two days collecting for the local food pantry. "Heck, do you think we have time to just sit around the house all day?" asks 79-year-old Jerry Carter. "There always something to be done, and this is one of them." 'This' refers to the 19th year that Carter will be curbside collecting food for the needy at Veterans Park downtown. The dates are all day until dark Monday and Tuesday, Nov.
The Chippewa Valley Technical College has reached agreement with Moody's, Inc., to buy 3.6 acres just north of the 20,000 square-foot CVTC campus for $375,000. "Securing this land is extremely important to the future of the college and to the River Falls area," CVTC President Bruce Barker said. "We continue to experience strong student growth and an increasing demand for more program options." The River Falls CVTC campus, 500 S. Wasson Lane, opened in fall 1999 after a successful district-wide referendum in the 11 county-area.
A 30-year-old River Falls man was told to stop urinating in the doorway of Steve's Pizza Palace at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The person asking him to stop was the restaurant manager, who later explained to police: "I told him to please not pee in my door. He didn't stop what he was doing." Before long the 30-year-old man allegedly attacked the manager, pushing him against the door and punching him until his lip bled. A friend nearby intervened on the manager's behalf. River Falls police responded quickly. Turns out the 30-year-old suspect was arrested Oct.
Ed Paulson, from the local Salvation Army, wants to remind River Falls area residents that volunteer bellringers will be out shortly at three stores in town and to please give generously of your spare change. Watch him on this video and read about the upcoming Salvation Army fundraiser in the Nov. 17 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
A 47-year-old Minnesota man faces two felony burglaries and one identity theft charge for walking into two classrooms at Rocky Branch Elementary School last month and stealing teachers purses. He and a female accomplice later fraudulently used the credit cards and checks from the purses to make multiple purchases at stores in Woodbury, Oakdale and Maplewood, Minn. They also illegally cashed a large check at WESTconsin Credit Union in River Falls. The Minnesota man, who has a lengthy criminal history, was jailed last month in Dakota County, Minn..
Perhaps it was just an odd place at an odd time to debate being "considerate." Two young men tried but failed miserably while in a room at the River Falls Motel, 1300 S. Main St., just before dawn Saturday. The result: A 23-year-old Farmington, Minn., man was cited for battery and disorderly conduct. The victim, a 25-year-old River Falls man, had a bloody lip and a busted retainer. The victim said the two were arguing in the motel room about the need for each of them to be considerate.