Classes start Tuesday for the roughly 3,000 River Falls K-12 students. School principals and coordinators were asked to highlight what's changed from last year. Here's what they said: Elaine Baumann, high school Kids Club has built a storage shed on our site for their summer program equipment storage. Our work on energy conservation awareness is taking another step with the building of an "Energy Information Kiosk" in the Commons that will provide information about our photovoltaic panel and real time read-outs on its electrical production.
As usual, River Falls high school graduates from last spring posted very good ACT scores that exceeded most other neighboring school districts. Only Hudson in the area ranked higher. The River Falls Class of 2009 earned a composite score of 23.1. Hudson had a 23.3. The state average was 22.3. New Richmond was 22.1, Prescott, 22.0, Spring Valley was 22.7 and Ellsworth was 22.5. River Falls students dropped slightly in all core subjects from the year before. The biggest drops were in English and Reading. Wisconsin students ranked third nationally on the ACT results.
The American Red Cross thanks those who've given blood during the summer. It asks those donors and other people to consider giving blood again to maintain a stable supply for fall. "Blood donors really do help save lives," said Geoff Kaufmann, a regional American Red Cross CEO. "By donating blood every 56 days you can help patients in need and change a life." While all blood types are sought for a stable patient blood supply, types O and Rh negative are especially needed now. An upcoming blood donation drive in River Falls is set for Monday, Aug. 31, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E.
It was a ma & pa operation but the ma -- otherwise known as Emma -- was the driving force. River Falls natives from the local Bohemian Settlement Stan and Emma Johnson bought the Silver Dome at Main and Maple streets in July 1934. They renamed it Johnson's. The kept it as a restaurant that sold beer. Marlys Smith, 79, the couple's daughter, said of her mother, "It was her baby from the start." Marlys's brother Lynn Johnson, 62, the current owner, said of his dad, "He wanted to be away on the road." And apparently he was, hauling Yoerg's Beer from a small, 19th century St.
As of 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, a tornado warning for the River Falls area has been re-issued. The National Weather Service warning covers St. Croix and Pierce counties. It has been extended until 5:30 p.m. Also, a tornado watch for St. Croix County will be in effect until midnight. Earlier this afternoon, a tornado was reportedly sighted near Emerald by Glenwood City. More bad weather in the form of rotational clouds was moving northeast over Martell and Spring Valley as it came from the Ellsworth area. Storm sirens went off a second time in River Falls.
The city's residential parking law goes into effect Tuesday, Sept. 1, and runs through May 31 for Zones A and B. Zones A and B will be enforced from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays. Zone C in the Residential Parking Zone is in effect year round and is enforced from 7 a.m.
Friday afternoon River Falls police were sent to a house in the 200 block of West Division Street after an inquiry regarding the safety of old military ammunition found there. After investigating, officers found a potential safety threat existed for the neighborhood should the ammunition detonate. The Marathon County Bomb Squad is on its way to analyze the situation and dispose of the material. Division Street from Clark to Fremont streets is closed. Police are telling residents in the immediate area that a voluntary evacuation is underway and strongly advised. Evacuated residents are enc
A disturbance just after dark Thursday night at South Main and Park streets resulted in police injuries, a Minnesota male suspect stunned by a taser gun and doused with pepper spray, and valuable support from sheriff's deputies in Pierce and St. Croix counties. It began with a trespassing complaint around 9:30 p.m. in the 100 block of nearby West Vine Street. The two males suspects were soon found at Main and Park streets. Both were from Minnesota and residents of the local Kinnic Falls Halfway House. According to Police Sgt.
Bobby Moody was pleased but anxious. Terry Roen said the timing stunk and the near future remains grim. Moody is pleased because his General Motors dealership just took in about a month's worth of new-car sales in a week's time. But he's anxious until his dealership collects the $4,500 trade-in value from the federal government for each of the 16 "clunkers" taken in on new-car deals. "The national 'Cash-for-Clunkers' program has been a great success for dealers and manufacturers," Moody said last week.
What began earlier this year as an effort to find an overnight shelter for the local homeless population has evolved into something larger and hopefully more productive. Mary Jo Sutton, chairwoman of Our Neighbors' Place, said what her local group aims for "goes way beyond" a place for transients to crash at night. "The vision has to be larger than a transient shelter," she said. "It can't be that narrow.