"I'm finally all the way there," said a smiling Beth Posel, who was just starting an afternoon shift at the River Falls Police Department last week. That Thursday was Patrol Officer Posel's first day working solo -- the first time she'd not be tagging along with a supervising coworker. "Today's the first day that I'm all by myself," she said. Posel was asked how she felt about the milestone she had achieved. "I'm thrilled," the 27-year-old woman said. "It's something I've been working on for what seems so long.
It was the beginning of any typical work day for me: Get up at 5:30, eat breakfast, talk to the cat, shower, dress, grab a lunch, kiss my husband goodbye, then out the door for another day's work. Living on the south side of River Falls, close to the high school, hopping on the bypass is the fastest and most convenient route to take to work. But this particular morning -- a week ago Wednesday -- as I drove closer to the Journal, I could see the flashing lights of police cars up ahead. "Someone speeding again," I thought. "Someone in too big of a hurry got caught." How wrong I was.
Yanique Black, the daughter of Orville and Mauvlette Black, and Will Johnson, the son of Douglas Johnson and Patrice Veit, share the honor of being named October's Students of the Month at the high school, while November's representatives are Janee Pederson, the daughter of Jody and Rob Pederson, and Troy Veith, the son of Roger and Norma Veith. They were selected by their teachers for a high level of achievement in social studies and technology and agriculture, respectively. Teachers making the student selections were Doug Hjersjo, Bill Forster, Paul Haugland and Kyle Igou. Criteria for no
A 30-year-old River Falls man died shortly after his SUV collided with a dump truck on Hwy. 35N between the exits for County Road U and Paulson Road at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Police later identified the victim as Richard Nelson, 111 N. Fourth St. He was extricated by ambulance workers and police, taken to River Falls Area Hospital and pronounced dead. Officers on the scene said Nelson, who was southbound on Hwy. 35 in a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was conscious and able to speak when they first arrived. Nelson's Jeep struck the rear of a 2007 Mack garbage truck driven by Mark J.
Twelve students were recently recognized by their teachers, two from each grade level and house, at Meyer Middle School during the month of October, due to the outstanding work and social and academic skills displayed in their respective classrooms. They include: Alison Casey, Zack Price, Jamie Handlos, James Witt, Lauren Steinhoff, Sam Purfeerst, Darrin Cernohous, McKenzie Tirrel, Logan Nygaard, Natasha Dusek, Benji McRoberts and Maura Watson. Alison Casey and Zack Price Alison Casey and Zack Price represent the 6 Blue House.
Seven thousand five hundred dollars is a lot of money for a group of children to raise. But that formidable amount isn't stopping 25 enthusiastic Westside Elementary School children from trying. For the last few weeks, the school's kindergarten through fifth-grade special needs students have been taking time out of their regular classroom schedules to use their creative skills and make lots of items they plan to sell at the high school's annual FBLA craft fair. What is their $7,500 motivation?
Mary Alice Muraski of River Falls recently returned from a convention of sorts where she took part in refining the policies of a long-standing American and international organization. Muraski, a manager with Information Technology Services at UW-River Falls, is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of America and also one of its national council delegates. She was selected by the Girl Scout Council of the St. Croix Valley to represent the Wisconsin/ Minnesota group at the 2008 National Council Session held Oct. 30 through Nov.
Joy. Peace. Beauty. Prosperity. Those words are the mantra Jacky Luka of River Falls says she hopes her new business venture will evoke in customers when they shop at the Sapphire Boutique. That's the name Luka's chosen for the store that replaces the vacated Bella Luce clothing store in the Beyond Lighting shopping mall, corner of Main and Maple streets. The four words are prominently displayed in the shop. "I'll be offering quality apparel, mostly ladies' with some for juniors, and also footwear in a wide range of sizes and styles," said Luka.
It's said that all good things must come to an end. So it's true for the local motorcycle club, the Kinnickinnic Harley Owners Group, more affectionately known as the KHOGs. Jill Bakalich of River Falls, a member since 2001 along with her husband, says, "The River Falls Harley Davidson shop is closing its doors on Nov. 1, and per Harley Owners Groups' rules, you must have a sponsoring dealership." So, as of last week, on Oct. 23, the KHOGs met for the last time, but offered the community one last gesture of its camaraderie: It donated over $1,000 to the River Falls Food Pantry.
In an effort to offer multiple services, Dr. Michael Smilanich, right, has welcomed the addition of two fellow dentists as of Sept. 1, when the two men joined Smilanich's growing dental practice at 314 N. Second St. Both dentists are from Eau Claire and will be available one or two days a week. David Scott practices general dentistry, will see patients Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., while Keith Napolitano is an endodontic specialist. He'll also be available from 8 a.m.