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A 33-year-old Minnesota man was stopped at ShopKo Sunday night for wearing a bikini bottom and white denim skirt. He also allegedly had stuffed another bikini bottom, top and bra in his pocket.
The Green Bay Packers will open the 2009 regular season on national television Sunday evening on NBC against the Chicago Bears with a home game at Lambeau Field. But after that, the TV blackouts begin for River Falls and western Wisconsin viewers. We all know the reason. This area of the state is considered part of the Twin Cities TV market. NFL policy doesn't recognize loyalties to state teams, just TV markets and advertising revenues. The Twin Cities stations televise the Minnesota Vikings first, even to Packer fans on this side of the river.
If you're a parent of a River Falls School District student, you should get a test call to your home or cell phone at 9 a.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 16. It's part of the new AlertNow emergency message system put in place by the district. Superintendent Tom Westerhaus will deliver the test message.
The Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties has been notified it will be awarded a $150,000 grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration. Mary Conroy-Johnson, head of the free clinic board of directors, expressed her gratitude and said, "The grant allows us to continue to give primary care to area patients who have both low income and no health-care alternative.
Gov. Jim Doyle has proclaimed Sept. 8, 2009 Literacy Awareness Day.
She claims to be 72 but take away that 2 and you have an idea of what the start of a school year means to Donna Nicholson. "I don't know who's more excited, me or the kids," she laughed last Thursday. "I woke up at 4:30 today because I have to go on a dry run to meet the kids and the parents. I can't wait for school to begin." Nicholson has driven school bus in River Falls since March 1967-- Lyndon Johnson was president; the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was the No. 1 album. That's 42 ½ years on the job. She drives a 170-mile daily route.
She may be a few years older -- well, OK, 40 years older -- but secretary Joyce Walen says the thrill of Day One at school is the same as when Westside Elementary opened in September 1970. "What started as a job has become a passion," she says with her usual exuberance. The 61-year-old Walen said the passage of time is fleeting. "No, it never occurred to me that I'd be here this long," she said last week.
School closing from heavy, blowing snow. A bus crash. A school lockdown for an intruder. When emergencies like these occur, parents worried about their children want the facts right away. The River Falls School District's answer: AlertNow. This new system kicks off with a test call to parents of school children Sept. 16. Assuming all goes well, AlertNow will be the way emergency school district information is given out. Brief messages will be narrated by Superintendent Tom Westerhaus. They will go to home and cell phone numbers.
A River Falls man celebrating his 21st birthday was arrested on three counts of third-degree sexual assault last week late at night in a downtown alley. The victim is also 21. She said the two hooked up earlier in the night with others who were bar hopping on Main Street. As the two walked through the alley later on, the woman said her companion began to kiss and fondle her before undoing and pulling off her pants.
River Falls School District teachers this week agreed to a new one-year contract. If approved by the school board in a special meeting Monday night, the contract terms become effective immediately. Under those terms, a beginning teacher would make $34,763 a year; the most experienced teacher with a master's plus 29 credits would make $65,381. School District Personnel Director Donna Hill said that unlike past contracts, the new one is good only for the 2009-10 school year that starts Sept.