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Deputies responded to a possible burglary at 4:46 a.m. March 31 at W3373 County Road G near Ellsworth. The suspect, a Beldenville man, was later found and arrested on suspicion of burglary and felony theft. Trespassing reports • Deputies responded March 26 to a threats and possible trespassing report at N729 825th St. in Hager City. Two people were spoken to.
SPRING VALLEY — The Spring Valley Stagehands are excited to bring "The Drowsy Chaperone" to its Spring Valley Theatre stage in April, and to have River Falls resident Matt Summers in a role in the production. "The Drowsy Chaperone," directed by Ethan Hayes, is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, introverted musical theatre fan. With the house lights down, he appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone."
The UW-River Falls Falcon Scholars Endowment Challenge has raised $1.7 million for the university's signature scholarship program. Five major donors challenged the UW-River Falls Foundation to raise funds for Falcon Scholars. The foundation raised $862,000, which donors increased to fund a total endowment of $1.7 million.
UW-River Falls will welcome featured composer Young Jo Lee to Abbott Concert Hall on Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. for the university's 52nd "Commissioned Composer" concert. The concert is free and open to the public. Lee, of South Korea, is on campus April 3-5 for a three-day residency. He will also present a convocation in 129 Kleinpell Fine Arts on April 5 at 3 p.m., where he will discuss his new composition.
The upcoming referendum presents an important opportunity for the River Falls School District.
• On March 9, a resident in the 600 block of North Fourth Street reported a burglary. The resident reported coming home to find dresser drawers open, and left the home to call police. Footprints were found around the residence and some jewelry appeared to have been taken out of the drawers. Two laptops, two shotguns and and several items of costume jewelry were reported missing. Law enforcement is investigating the incident.
The River Falls Journal sent questionnaires to candidates in all contested and non-contested trustee and alderperson races in the April 3 election for the city of River Falls; towns of River Falls, Troy, Kinnickinnic and the River Falls School Board. Contested races include two vying for the Mayor's seat in the city of River Falls, four vying for two open alderperson at large seats on the River Falls City Council, and two vying for the alderperson District 4 seat on the River Falls City Council.
The River Falls Journal sent questionnaires to candidates running for River Falls School Board, of which there are six competing for four open board seats. Those who responded have their answers recorded below. Incumbents are marked with an (i). Kellen Mangold-Wells (i) did not return a questionnaire. Each candidate was asked two questions:
After a cold, snowy winter many of us are hankering to rescue our tie dye T-shirts and headbands from mothballs. Less than a month away, the River Falls Community Arts Base Gala Committee invites you to the 23rd annual Spring Arts Gala. It's appropriately named CABstock this year, even though the actual 50th anniversary of Woodstock is still a year off. But hey, adrenaline is flowing with a groovy wealth of creativity and freedom of expression!
A panel discussion featuring Twin Cities-based authors Barbara Deese, Pat Dennis, John Gaspard, Christine Husom, Annika Hansen, and Timya Owen, who specialize in writing "cozy mysteries," a subgenre of crime fiction that downplays profanity and typically features an amateur, most-often female, detective, will take place 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7 at River Falls Public Library. Twin Cities Sisters in Crime is a local chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. Books from each author will be available for sale. About the authors: