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Ed Paulson, who heads up the local Salvation Army winter holiday fundraiser, says look for bell ringers starting Monday at two River Falls grocery stores: Dick's Fresh Market and EconoFoods. The idea is to capitalize on the big grocery boom leading up to Thanksgiving Day. Typically Salvation Army bell ringers with the kettle stands don't show up until the day after Thanksgiving. This year in River Falls, until Christmas, look for bell ringers stationed at Dick's, EconoFoods and also at ShopKo. For more on this story, read the Nov. 24 print edition of the Journal.
Days after his wife of 60 years suddenly died, Alan Stewart got a late Sunday night call saying his son was nearly mauled to death by his pet dog and was undergoing hours of overnight life-saving surgery. Jim Stewart, 53, had friends with him at Regions Hospital. They told Alan to wait till morning to visit. Naturally, Alan could hardly sleep before rushing off to the hospital very early the next day, Oct.
A 34-year-old River Falls woman has been charged by the Pierce County district attorney with first degree sexual assault of a child. The woman was a special education aide with the school district's alternative charter Harbor school program. The alleged victim was, at the time of the incident, a 12-year-old 7th grade male student. The felony charge against Rebecca Ann O'Malley-Tietz, 628 High Ridge Road, is punishable by up to 60 years in prison. According to a joint statement from Police Sgt.
The River Falls School District was just awarded a $12,000 grant from the 3M Foundation. The grant will be used to promote math, science and technology, specifically Meyer Middle School's Project Lead the Way curriculum and the unit, "The Magic of Electrons." Ten thousand dollars will be spent to buy "hands on modules" used in building small-scale machinery models. The other $2,000 will be used to develop a marketing plan for high school and middle school career counseling conferences for parents and students.
Police ticketed a 24-year-old UW-River Falls female student for battery because she allegedly punched and then kicked in the stomach another young woman, also a UW-RF student. The beating took place after 2 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Main Street and Cascade Avenue. The disturbance started soon after the alleged victim asked the 24-year-old's male friend to stop smoking. She made the request because she knew someone who had died from secondhand smoke. The male friend allegedly reacted to this request by calling the young woman several vulgar names.
Western Treasures, a seasonal gift shop for the holidays, will open its doors Friday morning in the vacated space on Main Street where Kinni Lounge was until closing earlier this year. Owner Dawn Flagg just moved to River Falls from Texas. She has a daughter in the equestrian program at UW-River Falls. Her store's handcrafted merhcandise will have a decidely Western motif. Interestingly, Flagg is turning over all her profits to local charities. After a purchase, customers place the merchandise tag in an envelope by the front door.
The semi-automatic pistol that police think was used in the Nov. 2 night robbery at Dick's Hometown Liquor has been recovered. Investigator John Wilson said the gun was found hidden in the weeds outside the house of Blake Halverson, N7923 870th St. Halverson has been charged with a felony armed robbery by the Pierce County district attorney. Wilson said he's checking to find out who the owner of the gun is. Halverson, 17, is too young to own a gun.
Customers will have to get their latest Mr. Movies rental from a new site next month. "We're really excited about being more centrally located on Main Street," said owner Laurie Henn, who also owns Mr. Movies in Hudson and Menonomie. "I hope we'll pick up on the downtown foot traffic and benefit from being right across from the Falls Theatre. That's a movie-minded location." Mr. Movies will likely make the move early next month from its spot in the building behind Bo Jon's Flowers, be closed for two days then reopen in the building space that held Gemini Jewelers, 120 S.
An eightplex rental building at 235 W. Johnson St. could become an overnight emergency shelter serving area homeless families later next year. Last week the Plan Commission voted to recommend that the Our Neighbors' Place group get a special use permit to operate such an emergency shelter. Next, the City Council takes up the issue at its Tuesday, Nov. 24, regular meeting. Our Neighbors' Place, formed earlier this year after a local homelessness summit at St.
A 17-year-old River Falls High School student was arrested by River Falls police Friday night for the armed robbery late last Monday night (Nov. 2) at Dick's Hometown Liquor. The handgun used in robbery has yet to be recovered, according to police investigator John Wilson. Blake Halverson is in Pierce County Jail in Ellsworth awaiting charges expected to be filed soon by the district attorney once the police report on the case is finished. Three high school students were said to be in the car that Halverson allegedly used to get away in after the robbery.