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Friends and neighbors of the Arnold family have designated an all-day, fun-filled fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Chris and Dianna Kusilek residence, N8618 1090th St. The Arnolds say they have health insurance to cover Reed's medical treatments for neuroblastoma cancer, but they anticipate more costly bills and expenses that might lead to "gray areas of coverage." "Knowing other people are willing to help us takes some of the burden off your back" Brian Arnold said of the Aug.
River Falls police pinched a 40-year-old Hudson man for his fourth drunk driving violation last Wednesday around 12:30 a.m. The man's excuse: He was pursuing another driver for sexual impropriety with a 17-year-old girl. The Hudson man was pulled over after he turned west on Division Street. He was allegedly speeding after a couple who were driving into River Falls on Hwy. 35.
After 25-years of service to UW-River Falls and higher education, Connie Foster is approaching the finish line, but isn't expected to slow down when she passes it. During her tenure Foster has served the university, its staff, faculty and students as a professor, administrator and chancellor. The University and the community will honor Foster Monday, June 29, from 2-4 p.m. "Connie is someone who always stepped up. She was always willing to serve," said Terry Brown, UW-RF Dean of Arts and Sciences. "I have worked with Connie for 20 of her 25 years here," Brown said.
The River Falls school board voted unanimously in closed session last week to fire a bus driver for allegedly failing to report an accident involving two early childhood special needs kids that were passengers. Ruth Joy Anderson was the bus driver whose employment with the school district was terminated by the board's action. The firing was recommended by Superintendent Tom Westerhaus. The accident, he said, occurred Wednesday, May 6, on County Road M between Meadows Drive and Liberty Road.
A 42-year-old River Falls woman was arrested Friday afternoon for beating up her teenage daughter at home. The woman said the girl had stolen $5, was behaving badly and had punched a hole in a door. Police say the woman's attempt to subdue the daughter was excessive and that she made statements saying she could have killed the girl but spared her life. The teenager allegedly sustained bruises to her neck, shoulder, chest area and arms from the incident.
From professional development to customized training, John Kleven said his job is to connect with business and industry execs. The aim is to get all the feedback possible on their needs. Kleven has gone from interim manager to manager of the River Falls Chippewa Valley Technical College campus, 500 S. Wasson Lane. The River Falls CVTC is one of five technical colleges in the 11-county CVTC district, which includes part of St. Croix County and all of Pierce County.
Two out-of-state judges will set foot in town next Wednesday morning to begin a two-day odyssey of River Falls. The pair, representing the nonprofit America In Bloom that promotes national beautification programs, will be looking for more than just pretty flowers. About 80% of the city will be scrutinized.
The largest class of kindergartners in more than a decade is poised to enter the River Falls School District for the 2009-10 year. Personnel Director Donna Hill said 229 children registered for school at the annual March kindergarten roundup. Hill said that number has since risen to 240.
UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen has only been on the job since June 1, but he's quickly getting familiar with the many names, places, the campus and the community. He and his wife Mary already have moved into a house on Golf View Drive and been to the downtown Falls Theatre to see the "Star Trek" movie. "During my first two weeks in River Falls, I have also enjoyed my four-minute commute, a hearty breakfast at the South Fork Café, and seeing Mayor Richards ride his bike to work at 6:45 a.m.," Van Galen said. "And how many places will a nickel buy 60 minutes of downtown parking?
Police say a 14-year-old boy who lives in Cudd trailer court, 1450 S. Wasson Lane, will be referred to juvenile court authorities and charged with negligent handling of burning materials. The boy said he accidentally started a blaze in the trailer court Saturday night that charred two adjoining homes. The blaze was doused by an alert neighbor manned with water from a garden hose. Police officers and firefighters responded soon after and began their investigation. The teenage boy was apparently trying to light a blaze in a fire pit using gasoline.