A school bus driver was fined for driving too fast for conditions in a crash just before school started near the high school Monday. Police said the westbound school bus on Cemetery Road didn't brake in time and hit the back of a pickup truck driver who was waiting to turn left onto Knollwood Avenue. The truck was pushed into the back of another driver who was also about to make the same turn. Bus driver Lisa M. Priebe, 24, 287 W. Johnson St., was later given a $164 fine by police.
Young man, there's a place you can go. I said, young man, when you're short on your dough. You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find Many ways to have a good time. - Village People, "Y.M.C.A." The new YMCA in River Falls is anything but a young man's hangout. Those who do hang out there are of all ages and shapes. Many, perhaps a majority, are women, and some are girls. Membership is growing.
UW-River Falls junior Mark James declared he would not submit to fears created by a ghost. James, who is black, spent last Wednesday on campus deliberately walking from building to building and sitting outside on benches. All that visibility caused him to miss two of three classes, but he said it was worth it. "I wanted everyone to know where I was and to be seen on campus, and that I wasn't scared away," James said. "As I left the Student Center to walk to Centennial Science Hall I had three or four other students appear out of nowhere and escort me.
Indications are that UW-River Falls Chancellor Ann Lydecker failed to stop for a stop sign at a rural Pierce County intersection last week early Thursday morning. That failure appears to have led to her death. Lydecker, 59, was probably killed almost instantly when her small state car, a 2002 Ford Taurus, was hit on the driver's side by a large pickup truck going at least 55 mph. The crash occurred some seven miles south of River Falls at the intersection of County Road E and Hwy. 10 near St.
The school board and its insurance carrier have asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that the board violated the contracts of former high school Principal Sharon Kabes and former Assistant Principal Roger Buchholz. Joel Aberg, the school district's lawyer through the insurance carrier, Des Moines-based EMC, said the Supreme Court petition was filed earlier this month.
Construction starts this fall on a $28.4-million student center at UW-River Falls. Campus Planner Dale Braun said the new 142,660-sq. foot, four-story edifice could well become the hot spot for students. "It will change this campus completely," Braun said. "With a banquet hall, entertainment complex and meeting rooms, this should be the place to go for groups, for activities, and just simply a great place for students to hang out.
The newest River Falls patrol officer had ambitions about attending law school. Sean Froelich graduated from UW-River Falls less than two years ago with a degree in political science. He joined the River Falls Police Reserves while still in college.
A UW-River Falls search committee has reduced the list of candidates for vice chancellor of administration and finance to four. The job opened when Virgil Nylander retired last December. It ranks just below the chancellor and provost as the university's top administrative positions. Among the four finalists is Mary Halada, current interim vice chancellor of administration and finance.
How far should River Falls and the university go to keep the Kansas City Chiefs here for summer camp? Tuesday night City Council members will decide how far. They must vote on whether to impose a 5% lodging tax that would help pay for a campus upgrade that the Chiefs organization wants. The very idea has some upset. "It's awfully unfair to enforce a tax on five businesses for the benefit of everybody in town," said River Falls Super 8 Motel General Manager Gene Walton.