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With the opening this month of the day center, Our Neighbor's Place is one link away from completing a safety net for those jobless, without a place to live, or who find themselves in some financial bind. "People here should know that the day center is a physical site that will offer guidance and make available resources to any man, woman or family of Pierce and St.
The property surrounding the boarded-up old Bruce Foster house on Winter Street may not look like much, but Foster's daughter, Judie Babcock, said planning has begun for big changes to come. Perhaps three years from now, the 2.2 acre site just south of the Winter Street bridge will have a two-story, 10,000-square-foot building to house nonprofit groups, seniors and the local food pantry. "The idea has gotten more robust, going from vision to doable," said Judie Babcock, CEO of Foster Associates Inc., which owns the site. "We have an agreement with a developer to work with us.
The loud noise citations are piling up for Coach's Bar, 127 S. Main St. Again over the weekend, responding to a couple of complaints by upstairs tenants, a patrol officer gave the bar a fine. Coach's owner Logan Moon was away, so one of his employees left in charge got hit with the $114 citation. Moon has received at least a half-dozen such fines the past few weeks. Police Chief Roger Leque has said he will file a complaint that will be heard at the Oct.
Statistics can glaze the eyes but the ones Rick Pechacek gives are eye openers. When he started volunteering at the River Falls Food Pantry in 2005, an average of 150 families a month relied on free groceries to get by. Four years later the average number of families using the food pantry each month has nearly doubled. And the amount of food given to recipients has tripled. "It's a great concern," said Pechacek, who's retired but devotes countless hours not only as food pantry board president but also supervising daily operations.
Those lyrics from the 1981 Olivia Newton-John hit, "Let's Get Physical," appear to have been played out on Main Street over the weekend. A young couple whom a River Falls patrol officer described as physically affectionate until they got "carried away" and bumped hard against a door window frame of Midwest Appraisal Service, 113 S. Main St., dislodging and breaking the window. The couple -- a 22 year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, both from River Falls -- left the scene but were soon found in Bo's 'N Mine across the street.
Jesse Bystrom wanted to become a youth minister since earning his degree in that field in 2001. That was his passion, but life took a different turn before recently turning back again. For years he worked at Pizza Man on South Main Street. Then he became manager and finally seized the opportunity to buy the business. Bystrom put in long hours making Pizza Man profitable. In 2006 he changed the name to Pug's Pizza -- named for the family's favorite kind of dog. Last spring he was approached about selling Pug's and did so in August.
H1N1 vaccine supplies are coming in, according to Pierce County Public Health. Plans are being made to have the vaccine administered at all of the county's public schools. The focus of these clinics will be school-age children as recommended by the National Centers for Disease Control. From 8:30-10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, is the tentative time and date for an H1N1 clinic to be held at the Pierce County Public Health Department in Ellsworth.
Gov. Jim Doyle announced yesterday that enrollment in the new BadgerCare Plus Core Plan will be suspended at noon this Friday. This new program, which provides insurance coverage to low-income adults without dependent children, was introduced about three months ago. Since that time, the response has been overwhelming. Each day, the state has received 500-600 applications for the plan. Because the plan has to be budget neutral, there is a limit on the number of people who can be on the plan, and the state believes it is nearing that threshold.
Following an investigation, River Falls police arrested and jailed a 37-year-old local man Friday for sexually assaulting a child at the man's home this past summer. A county social worker assisted the alleged female victim while she was questioned. Various DNA samples were taken. The arrestee is an Egyptian who came to the U.S. after marrying a River Falls woman. The man denied accusations that include inappropriate touching, fondling and sexual gratification.
The two-year-plus local effort to prepare and compete in the America In Bloom national beautification contest has paid off. River Falls earned the top spot in its population category during a ceremony last week in Hershey, Penn. On hand to receive the award was River Falls In Bloom Chairwoman Susan Reese, committee member Carrie Fisher and city representative Buddy Lucero. "I am proud to have played a role in bringing this honor and national recognition to our deserving city. I'm so proud of River Falls," Reese said Monday. "This is a great honor to win the national award.