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Like his town of Clifton neighbor Rob Chambers, retired Dayton's cabinet maker Steve Cochrane has rescued stranded Kinnickinnic River travelers. Those rescued, he says, were either unprepared, ill equipped or both. "In the last few years there have been multiple rescues by the Pierce County Sheriff's office, with other units and a helicopter," he said.
River Falls police officers chased a local 27-year-old man who appeared to be masturbating by the EconoFoods recycling bins last Tuesday around 1:30 a.m. The suspect took off and ran down the slope to Lake George through tangled underbrush. There he hid. This occurred after 1:30 a.m. last Tuesday. A Pierce County sheriff's deputy and his dog were summoned. The suspect finally agreed to give up, but he wanted a blanket first to cover himself because he was without pants. The officers' response: No, first come out with your hands up.
Huge numbers were flashing before the arrival of Farm Technology Days July 20-22. Visitors to River Falls were predicted to range from 60,000 to 100,000. One forecast was for a $2.8-million stimulus to the local economy. While a downpour canceled most of Day Three of FTD, a Journal survey found that many local merchants got anything from a mild boost in sales to nothing. Reaction from Main Street merchants ranged from ho-hum to frustration. Val Lundgren, Karma Gifts owner: "I hate to complain, but to tell you the truth, it made my business worse.
A two-vehicle pileup in the town of River Falls at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, resulted in both drivers getting hurt: Charles Delbert Hamilton, 79, and Mitchell Eggen, 16. Both live in the River Falls area. Hamilton was pulling out of 862nd Street onto Hwy. 29 when he was struck by a westbound truck driven by Eggen. River Falls ambulance crews took both from the scene to the hospital with undetermined injuries. The crash is still under investigation. Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by River Falls firefighters.
Two middle-aged River Falls women were taken to jail in the past week for allegedly threatening their male partners with knives. One is even accused of tossing bleach at the male victim's face. One incident occurred in the 700 block of West Cedar Street, the other in the 1500 block of South Wasson Lane. In both cases the men were unharmed, but one man, who had been lying on the couch, said he had to fight off the woman to protect himself.
To most people, he's simply "Jimi Dee." Travel with the guy, be it in Chicago, Florida, Arizona, and someone, somewhere will pop up and greet him. Jimi Dee Hansen has long been a fixture in River Falls. He moved here from St. Paul in 1960 as a fourth grader and grew up on a town of Kinnickinnic pig/beef and dairy farm. Earlier this month Jimi Dee joined his 1969 River Falls High School graduating class for a reunion -- with the likes of St.
A 20-year-old River Falls man was arrested for a suspicious fire that destroyed a 30-by-75 foot storage shed filled with about 400 large bales of high-quality hay at the UW-River Falls Lab Farm #1 after midnight Friday. Said Police Chief Roger Leque: "We believe this was a case of arson." Christopher D. Pixley, 437 Kennedy St. was arrested in the early Friday morning house after the incident. He was taken to county jail in Ellsworth.
A River Falls resident assumed the top enlisted leadership post in the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The promotion took place during a change-of-command ceremony July 10 at Camp Williams in west-central Wisconsin. Command Sgt. Maj. Rafael Conde, River Falls, and Col. Martin Seifer, Seymour, formally assumed leadership of the brigade from Col. Steven Bensend, Prescott, and Command Sgt. Major Edgar Hansen, Manitowoc. Conde is the top senior enlisted noncommissioned officer.
River Falls police investigated two possible batteries last week where someone suspected their partners of cheating. That led to bickering, then violence. In the first instance, a woman claimed she had a door slammed against her head that resulted in a bloody gash. The victim later phoned a friend and left a message about what happened. She claimed she wasn't allowed to see a doctor. When officers arrived to check on her welfare, the woman met them at the door wearing a large, blood-stained bandage over her forehead.
Establishing a school district community education program moved forward last week as the school board's Personnel Committee recommended a job description for the coordinator of such a program. At its regular meeting Monday July 19, the school board will vote on the job description. A full-time community-ed coordinator would be paid roughly $45,000 a year, plus benefits, according to Superintendent Tom Westerhaus. Starting a community ed program was Action Plan #7, under the district's Strategic Planning initiative.