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Local comedian Todd Andrews entertained about 75 volunteers of the Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties Wednesday evening, May 12, at the River Falls Golf Club. The event was held to recognize the contributions of the free health clinic's many volunteers. Food was catered by the West Wind Supper Club. The evening's theme, appropriately, was "Laughter: It's great medicine." Andrews is from Boston but marriage brought him to Pierce County. He had the free clinic gathering laughing hard as he spoke about his first impressions of Midwestern accents, hunting habits and farm life.
The community garden space at 404 Winter St. that was first planted by Grow to Share last year is now being headed by River Falls Community Gardens.
A 26-year-old local man was stopped after he allegedly fishtailed his pickup truck while turning downtown and then accelerated fast as he headed north on Main Street. A pedestrian in a crosswalk was forced to jump back to avoid being hit. This occurred last Thursday as bars let out. The driver was pulled over in the Dollar General Store parking lot. When asked why he was speeding, the man said he was hurrying to find his mom a Mother's Day gift. And where was he off to an 2:20 a.m. to find such a gift?
Sunday morning Pierce County deputies responded to a crash with one serious injury on Hwy. 10 just east of County Road OO in the town of Trimbelle. Tyler Stees, 19, Hager City, was driving west in a mini-van when he hit a small deer crossing the highway. The deer was thrown in the air and into the eastbound lane of traffic. The animal fell through the windshield of a car driven by Gregory J. Spindler, 37, Shakopee, Minn., and landed on his passenger, Sarah A.
T-Mobile is asking the city for permission to build a telecommunications tower at 618 N. Fourth St. next to the hilltop water reservoir. The request and plan could go before the Plan Commission at its Tuesday evening, June 1, meeting, that would also include a public hearing. City Administrator Scot Simpson said T-Mobile would lease the site.
If a three-year lease is signed as expected, the River Falls Community Food Pantry will be operating at the old Mr. Movies store, 222 N. Main St., behind Bo Jon's Flowers by July 1. Steve Smith and Janna Carl, key members of the food pantry, will help lead the transfer from Ezekiel Lutheran Church. The old Mr. Movies interior -- about 4,000 square feet -- will be split between the food pantry and Foster Community Foundation. The nonprofit groups work in tandem and hope to sign a three-year lease.
The Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exams, taken last November, reveal in a general way how local kids are doing in school. The WKCE results show how River Falls did in five core subjects for grades 4, 8 and 10. Below, local scores are compared to state averages and eight other area school districts.
Soft-spoken Roger Peterson shakes his head and murmurs, "There's never a dull moment around here. But what's coming will be way different." The lifelong farmer is not talking about 23-year-old daughter Tracy.
St. Croix County Sheriff deputies arrested a town of Kinnickinnic man at his home April 22 for a holdup at a Great Clips hair salon in Hastings, Minn. Guy Weeks, 49, 94 Ponderosa Road, was taken to county jail in Hudson. He later waived extradition rights and was moved to Dakota County Jail in Minnesota. Weeks, who has worked at UW-River Falls since 2006 as a facilities maintenance specialist, was charged with a felony for attempted aggravated robbery. He allegedly called in sick for his job that day.
A 21-year-old local man stopped for his second drunk driving arrest just after midnight Monday had a passenger River Falls police were after. The 20-year-old male suspect, a university student, was allegedly sitting next to a Denver Broncos mailbox. It had been broken off and taken earlier that night from the front of a house in the 1300 block of West Division Street. When questioned, the student allegedly fessed up and said he swiped the mailbox because he wanted to give it to a friend who's a Denver Broncos fan.