River Falls police are asking for the public's help in finding the owner of stray dog on the east side of town that is aggressive and unfriendly. One person told officers: "The dog is very vicious and attempted to bite me." Dog's description: Reddish; labrador/retriever body; medium-length hair; missing a big patch of hair on back leg/hip. This unclaimed dog has been spotted in the 400 block of Birch Street and also nearby on Lake Street in the past few weeks.
The Ford sign outside Roen Ford on North Main Street was taken down and hauled away on a flat-bed truck Wednesday morning. Roen Ford closed Sept. 1 after 42 years in River Falls.
In 1980 Michael Norman's "Haunted Wisconsin" was first published. Today the book is still in print. Others, such as "Haunted Heartland" and "Haunted America," have followed. Now, nearly three decades later, Norman has yet another new batch of ghost stories -- these from the four corners of Minnesota under the beguiling title, "The Nearly Departed." "I had no idea this would go on for so long," Norman said last week. "With 'Haunted Wisconsin,' I just tried to write a book that was interesting and fun.
An 18-year-old UW-River Falls student from Baldwin was arrested a second time on campus late Saturday night and hospitalized after running through a plate-glass window at May Hall.
When we last saw them, they were two buds, cruising the St. Croix, smiling in the warm sun while publicly chanting the mantra of cooperation between the two states. Oh, but that was so yesterday. Governor chums Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, a Republican, and Jim Doyle of Wisconsin, a Democrat, couldn't bring their friendly charms to devise a practical solution for constituents. And so, thousands of Wisconsin resident commuters to Minnesota will pay the price.
Since April 2006 a collection of nearly 20 personal items including gold and diamond wedding and engagement rings, necklaces and watches have been stored as evidence for a unsolved potential crime. It's been long enough now that River Falls Police Investigator John Wilson could auction them off. Proceeds would be plowed back into the city's General Fund. But Wilson's not ready to give up. Not yet. It's not so much the crime that bugs him -- assuming there's crime -- but about getting these keepsakes back into the right hands. "They seem to have so much sentimental value," Wilson said.
Some 1,200 local volunteers have signed up to take part in Feed My Starving Children this week in the St. Bridget Parish School gym. This is the third straight year River Falls has joined in supporting Feed My Starving Children, a global network that involves packaging basic meals and shipping them abroad to those hungry and malnourished. The late Jim Dieck got the movement organized in River Falls. Last year 1,100 volunteers packaged 263,000 meals and raised $42,500 to pay for the effort.
River Falls police are on the hunt for three male suspects who allegedly pummeled and badly injured a 21-year-old local man in the 200 block of East Pine Street after midnight Saturday. The victim was hospitalized with, among other injuries, a fractured eye socket and chipped teeth. He also needed stitches around the eye.
North Main Street between Division and Pine streets will be torn up this week for mill and overlay work. City Engineer Reid Wronski says the $40,000 resurfacing project is designed to extend the road's life until a complete reconstruction becomes necessary. Local motorists will be able to access the Main Street entrance to River Falls Tire from Cedar Street. Other businesses in that stretch have a lot access from Cedar Street or the alley. During the resurfacing, North Main Street's sidewalk will remain open.
At 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, a recorded phone message from Police Chief Roger Leque will be made to those living in the area of an emergency training drill that will shut down most of East Cascade Avenue from 3-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21. Leque will remind residents that this is training for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical personnel, to avoid the area if possible, and not to be alarmed and call 911.