People really used to ask that question. Quite often, actually. Miles-to-the-gallon exchanges formed the basis for many a conversation. The topic served as an icebreaker at awkward social gatherings. "Hey, what's happening, guy? I hear you've got a new set of wheels. What kind of mileage does that thing get?" "Gee, I'm not sure. I've just started to record it. Offhand I'd guess it's going to be 28-30 miles per gallon. "Oh, that's decent. Is that highway or city driving?" "Overall.
They're working with young people all the time, but the relationships are mostly done within church walls. Now some local church ministers hope to broaden that scope. They've formed "Souled Out," a group that will bring in speakers, holds fellowship and social gatherings, community-service activities and Christian concerts. The group's first event is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.
The Green Bay Packers regular season schedule opens with a road game against the Detroit Lions and ends with home games Christmas Day and New Year's Day against the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks. The Packers, as usual, play the Minnesota Vikings twice this year - once at the Metrodome at noon Sunday, Oct. 23, and then at Lambeau Field for ABC's "Monday Night Football" Nov.
In the name of street-parking relief, police will again issue permits for residents living near UW-River Falls. The parking permit system, set up to coincide with the school year, goes into effect Sept. 1 and ends May 31. A spring 2003 parking permit law was passed by the City Council. It gives homeowners and their guests more room to park on streets once jammed during the day by college drivers. The law was meant to reduce street congestion that some claimed also created traffic hazards. "It's clearly been successful," Police Chief Roger Leque said.
For 13 years after Thanksgiving Day retired 3M employee Jerry Carter has taken in socks, long undies, mittens, coats, scarves, blankets and food for the needy. Donations are distributed to local churches and the River Falls Food Pantry. About a decade ago Carter added a sidekick - Mel Germanson, retired UW-River Falls registrar. "He needed help," Germanson said of Carter. "It's a long time to being standing all day in the cold.
The fourth of July is over and that means the festivities for River Falls Days are set to begin. The action kicks off at 5 p.m. Thursday with the return of the carnival in the parking lot just west of the university's North Hall. "The question I got asked a lot last year was, 'Where's the carnival?' Well, it's back, and this is a full-fledged carnival with 12-15 rides and food served," said Rosanne Bump, executive director for the Chamber of Commerce.
Monday night the school board passed a preliminary budget for the 2005-06 year that includes a $155,793 deficit. The school district's new budget year begins Friday. School board member Barb Kolpin voted for the early budget, noting the built-in deficit is small - less than half of 1% - and easily corrected through cuts in discretionary spending. Sheila Steiner was the lone "no" vote on the board. "I am not comfortable accepting a deficit-spending budget," Steiner said.
Drilling and trenching for a new sewer pipe along 2,500 feet of the Kinnickinnic River's South Fork tributary begins this week. The $3.1-million project was approved last week Tuesday night by the City Council. The only holdup - getting a final easement from a residential property owner - was settled late last Wednesday. The new underground sewer main will replace a 40-year-old cast-iron pipe that runs down the middle of the South Fork.
There's always room for improvement, but as Academic Director Brad Farrier says, "Most other school districts would love to have our scores." And he's probably right. The Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) given to 4th, 8th and 10th graders last October show local students, on average, far ahead of their state peers. The tests involve core subjects of reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. They are used, in part, to gauge adequate yearly progress for students, as mandated by the federal government's "No Child Left Beyond" law.
Some 230 River Falls school teachers finally have a contract they can stomach. Last week an overwhelming majority voted for a new two-year labor agreement.