On June 3 the school board met in closed session and voted to expel a student for allegedly possessing drugs on school grounds. The male student is a 17-year-old Renaissance Academy junior. The alleged drug violation occurred at the Renaissance school program, located at the River Falls Academy, on Thursday, Feb. 19. According to Superintendent Tom Westerhaus, action to expel the student was delayed pending the outcome of a police investigation. For more on this story, see the June 17 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
The end of the school year means the opening of the outdoor Glen Park pool for kids and adults. This Thursday, June 11, the pool's summer hours begin. Here are highlights: Open from 1-5 p.m. and 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Last week River Falls police officers arrested and took to jail a 27-year-old local woman for throwing things at her adult sister and allegedly threatening her with a butter knife. The disorderly conduct took place at an apartment in the 1500 block of South Wasson Lane. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the sisterly dispute. The one arrested had earlier been babysitting the other's children. Both parents were at home but unable to quell the disturbance until officers arrived. Unfortunately, an argument that turned violent between a mother and her 17-year-old daughter did cause injury.
Faith Lutheran's Pastor Paul Schmeling's sudden death from a fall on Memorial Day left his family grieving. But they are not wallowing in that grief. Wife Beth and her two daughters say Paul's legacy gives them the strength and faith to carry on. One daughter, Caralyn, is to be married Friday at the church. "Through Paul, I have so many blessings," Beth said last week. "He was my partner, my pastor and he had a special gift of teaching. My deep faith came from him...I want to concentrate on those blessings.
Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. there was a one-car accident on Hwy. 35 in front of the Red Wing airport. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department reports that 42-year-old Connie Jo Rother, Hager City, lost control of her car and rolled into the south ditch. At the time Rother had a three-year-old son who was restrained in his car seat in the back. Both Rother and the boy sustained minor injuries. They were taken to Fairview Red Wing Hospital in Minnesota. The accident is still under investigation. Ellsworth firefighters and Red Wing, Minn., EMTs assisted at the scene.
State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) joined with other Republican lawmakers to promote the newly released Wisconsin Jobs Now Task Force Report, a series of legislative recommendations aimed at boosting the state's economy.
A 61-year-old town of Clifton man has apparently committed suicide, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Deputies were called to the home of Todd Stedtfeld, N8555 1205th St., just before 11 a.m.
A 43-year-old River Falls man, frustrated that he couldn't find his daughter, allegedly beat up the man he thought should know her whereabouts. The male victim said he knew the man's daughter but not where she was that Saturday evening. Apparently the father wasn't satisfied with that answer. The beating allegedly occurred in the 400 block of Kennedy Street. The victim was at his girlfriend's house. Officers later tracked down the assailant to where he was working his shift - at the city's power plant.
After a dozen years of patrolling the streets of River Falls, Jeff Sather has been promoted to police sergeant effective June 1. Sather, 37, from Centuria, joined the police reserves in 1995 and became a full-time officer two years later.
For the 19th straight year, the Kansas City Chiefs will hold summer training camp at UW-River Falls. The Chiefs first camp at the university was held in 1991. Back then a huge downtown parade with many hundreds of spectators lined Main Street to welcome the NFL team. This year the Chiefs will arrive in River Falls on Thursday, July 30. The first day of scheduled activities takes place the next day, Friday, July 31. The team will conduct its first practice Saturday, Aug. 1, at Ramer Field. The annual Family Fun Day activities are set for Saturday, Aug. 8.