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Supporters of a promising new mediation program that unites crime victims and offenders are eager to do more work. They are also willing and able to handle more serious cases. St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice relies on a core of trained volunteers. The program was launched just over two years ago by Marlene Parslow of River Falls, a family court counselor in Washington County, Minn., and Keith Rodli, a River Falls attorney who specializes in civil mediation. Restorative justice is a national concept that stresses reconciliation rather than retribution.
Mel Warren and his gun shop are going out not with a bang, but with an auction Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Red Barn. Just the fact that Warren's Trading Post will soon be history is sure to disappoint area gun owners. Earlier this month Warren reached his 20th year as owner of the Trading Post. "It'll be difficult, a big change for me," he admitted. "I like dealing with people, and you see a lot of the same faces year after year. I hope I can put it all behind me.
Franklin Roosevelt was president when Larry Petersen began selling cars for the River Falls Motor Company (now Roen Ford). On Thanksgiving Day next month Petersen turns 96. While he no longer sells Fords, he still works part time for Roen as a title clerk. "Why not keep working?" Petersen said. "It's something to do. Otherwise I'd have too much time to sit around and think about the past. That would drive me nuts." Petersen not only works, he still drives.
They arrived with such fanfare. Twelve years ago on a scorching Tuesday afternoon, mid-summer life in River Falls eased to a halt and then got all cranked up.