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Next month St. Bridget parishioners will start gathering pledges toward a $3.8-million roughly 14,000-sq. foot expansion for their Catholic church. Phil Betzel, a fundraising leader, said the capital campaign kicks off during at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 13, program at the church. It will conclude in mid-April. "We're hoping to collect about one million dollars by next spring so we can begin construction then," Betzel said.
A big business quietly moved into River Falls and began operating last week Wednesday. Hudson-based Nuclear Management Company (NMC), which runs six Midwestern nuclear power plans including Prairie Island in Red Wing, Minn., opened office space at 186 County Road U. The location, just within the city limits, is next to the Arrow Building Center on the east side of Hwy. 35N. The building is now owned by K&S Developers of River Falls. K&S had been using a small amount of space in the building for its main office. In the 1990s the 26,000-sq.
Looking for a good buy on a used couch, table, chair or bed frame? Looking for a way to help the local domestic abuse shelter? Consider patronizing Turningpoint Shelter's new secondhand shop. Second Chances opens Tuesday in the old Midwest Vision Center store between Donna's Hair Fashions and Whole Earth Grocery on South Main Street. After nearly 26 years of operating in River Falls, the shelter today is busier than ever.
Michael Simonson remembers what it's like to be ridiculed in school. He was picked on for being little and later called "Pizza Face" because of acne. "I wasn't the most confident child growing up," admits Simonson, a substitute teacher and now a children's book author. "No question that respect is a huge word in my classroom." Confidence and respect are themes in his self-published book, "You Are Brilliant," which should appeal to a range of elementary school-age students. The 39-year-old Simonson lives in rural River Falls close to the Virginian Supper Club.
The filing period for any school and city candidates will continue until the end of the work day Tuesday, Jan.
A couple of high school student expulsions were made last week by the school board. The separate actions were taken in closed session after two hearings. Superintendent Boyd McLarty said one student was an 18-year-old boy who was expelled for possession and use of drugs on school grounds. Because this student is a senior, there were no conditions offered for his early return. McLarty said the student could come back to school next year if he chose. The second expulsion was of a 17-year-old boy.
Peter Hanson says that sooner or later Americans will see that saving productive farmland is like any other environmental cause. "Sensible land use is what it's about," he said. "Today people understand conservation issues, such as water and air pollution. Now we need an awareness about where you should build homes and protecting some of this ground so it remains in farming." Peter is doing just that as he continues the tradition of his parents on the 160-acre Hanson farm on Hwy. 29 less than a mile east of fast-growing River Falls.
The 15-year-old male student accused of threatening to blow up the high school last month was expelled permanently from the River Falls School District. The school board took the action in closed session last week Tuesday night. Unlike other recent expulsions, this one offered no conditions that would allow for the expelled student to return. Superintendent Boyd McLarty said the board's action was based on the widespread harm and disruption that such a bomb threat posed. "This is not something we like to do, but in this case the entire student body was threatened, a
Police and school officials say they've caught a 15-year-old student who wrote out a bomb threat in the River Falls High School bathroom last week Monday afternoon. The boy attends the high school. The bomb threat was for the next day, Tuesday. That Monday evening the student was questioned at his home in the presence of his parents by school-liaison officer Doug Rudesill and Assistant Principal Mike Johnson. The student was suspended and will be referred to authorities in Pierce County Juvenile Court. River Falls Capt.
No one laid hands on the wheel of the last go-cart before a community parade. Fellow Shriners like Jerry Wilkens were all too familiar with the ritual. "Nobody else drove cart No. 8. That was Wayne's," Wilkens said. "That cart was the last one as we moved along. In that position it gave (Wayne) a chance to fall back a little and wave to more people.