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Five vehicles got banged up in Thursday morning's dense fog on County Road FF west of Hwy. 29 in the town of River Falls. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, a 1989 Chevy truck driven by Steven Meads of rural River Falls was eastbound on FF when he swerved to avoid another car, also eastbound, that suddenly appeared in the fog ahead. Meads maneuvered over to the shoulder.
River Falls firefighters responded to a trailer house blaze at Fox's Trailer Court on the east side of Hwy. 35 just north of the city at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2. Interim Fire Chief Chris Cernohous said the blaze was a "challenge to extinguish" because the trailer had been remodeled with extra walls and a roof. Luckily, the trailer was empty at the time of the fire and did not spread to neighboring homes. Cernohous said his department is following up on leads today (Wednesday) but has not yet determined what caused the fire.
Parents of kids who will be attending kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year should call soon to sign up for "Kindergarten Registration," which is Thursday, March 25, starting at noon. This registration is for all children who will be five by Sept. 1, 2010, and who will be attending River Falls public schools. Parents can begin calling for Kindergarten Registration on Monday, March 1. In order to sign up, call the elementary school that your child will attend: Greenwood, 418 N. Eighth St., 425-1810 Rocky Branch, 1415 Bartosh Lane, 425-1819 Westside, 1107 W.
After the third warning, River Falls police gave the owner of Coach's Bar, 127 S. Main St., a $114 citation for loud and unnecessary noise last Thursday just after 1:30 a.m. Officers had taken complaints from an upstairs tenant and agreed the blaring music was too loud.
People are impatient. People drink. The two combined can be volatile, especially if you're trying to make a delivery from Domino's Pizza, 118 N. Main St. According to police, that scenario was in place Tuesday evening, Feb. 16, at 1450 S. Wasson Lane. An upset 49-year-old man there was ticketed for punching a 27-year-old pizza delivery man in the face.
John Swenson, 83, who farmed for many years on Halo Drive in the town of Kinnickinnic, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, at United Hospital in St. Paul. In retirement, Swenson served as a Kinnickinnic Town Board supervisor.
The Route bike shop may have just closed, but, just in time for spring, a new one is set to replace it. Local man Isaac Curtis, a bike mechanic at The Route, expects to open Crank Worx, 122 S. Main St., March 1. Curtis has the blessing of Adam Schmidt, owner of The Route for nearly 13 years, who called Curtis a "trusted employee." Crank Worx will also carry Trek bicycle inventory.
Mike Tasker, NCCM vice president, and Brent Niccum, president/CEO, stand in the company's production room. Behind them is the early phase where industrial mill rolls are sized and cut for customer orders. NCCM has 15 full-time employees and a handful or part-timers. Tasker said the company tries to hire locally, pays above-market wages with benefits, is community focused and plans to eventually expand in space leased from what was the old Kolpak walk-in freezer plant, 715 St. Croix St. NCCM was created from a management buyout of a product line 3M operated for 20 years in Prairie du Chien.
Hudson Hospital and Clinics and the St. Croix County Public Health Department have compiled a health improvement plan. A summary of that plan was unveiled at a community meeting at Hudson hospital earlier this month. Titled "St. Croix County Community Health Improvement Plan 2009-2014," the five-year program is aimed at improving the overall health of all citizens in St.
Pierce County judge candidate Joe Boles had roughly a 6-1 vote advantage in River Falls over Bob Loberg to finish first in the three-way primary contest Tuesday. The other candidate, Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle, finished a distant third and was eliminated. Boles, an attorney from River Falls, and Loberg, an attorney from Ellsworth, will square off in the April 6 general election.