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Middle school can be tough, but going to middle school when you have autism can be like going to war with a Nerf gun when most everyone else has a cannon. "She was all smiles when she came home last week because she got asked to the dance by a boy," said Mandy of her autistic daughter, "but then she found out it was just a dare." Middle school-aged kids have enough to worry about without some guy wearing a yellow cardigan writing their name in a newspaper column, so there's no point in doing it and I'm too old to take dares.
Meyer Middle School students each year are encouraged to contribute to their own success while helping others every day. They are advised to: • Be an active listener. • Do your best. • Be kind to others. • Have fun Keeping true to this, MMS students battled hunger, participating in the annual food drive and penny wars to benefit the River Falls Community Food Pantry.
River Falls Community Theatre will present "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," which follows the shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or "the worst kids in the history of the world." When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It's obvious that they're up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way. This year's pageant is definitely like no other, but that's exactly what makes it so special.
The 2018 River Dazzle may have been drizzly, but it didn't keep crowds from flocking to River Falls to sample chili at area businesses, visit Santa and the Mrs., write letters to Santa, ride in a horse-drawn wagon, gather candy at the lighted parade or see the downtown turn into a magical holiday land on Friday, Nov. 23.
Taco Bell despair At 3:55 p.m. Oct. 31, police were sent to the 900 block of South Main Street for a disorderly person yelling and screaming. Clinton Michael Manuell, 20, River Falls, allegedly said he and a woman needed a ride to Taco Bell in Hudson, and had asked friends for a ride. A friend who agreed apparently then texted them that she couldn't. Manuell became upset when she wouldn't take them to Subway either and felt she was lying, so they went to her boyfriend's house and pounded on the door.
Giving thanks for kindness on Halloween TO THE EDITOR Halloween eve, just as dark was falling, I noticed a big yellow Lab running down the middle of the busy street in front of my house. I was immediately annoyed because it would soon be dark, I was the only one home to give out candy, and now I had an "AWOL" dog who could get hurt or killed, running toward the nearby highway.
As a candidate for St. Croix County Supervisor last spring, I promised to focus on controlling county budget increases, taxes and borrowing. I now serve as a member of the County Board representing the towns of Somerset and St. Joseph and I am glad to report that we made a little progress on all three fronts last week.
At 8:59 p.m., Oct. 28, three juvenile runaways were reported from a residence in the 2800 block of Williams Avenue (ages 12, 13 and 16, all of River Falls). At 11 p.m., police received a stolen vehicle report from the 500 block of North Fourth Street. The vehicle's owner said three juveniles had stolen the vehicle from his driveway, drove to Division Street and then toward Main Street. The vehicle's owner said he saw the vehicle's headlights in his driveway, got up to look outside and saw the interior light on inside his vehicle. When he went outside to investigate, three young males matching the descriptions of the three runaway juveniles were inside the vehicle. He heard the vehicle start and watched it back out of his driveway.
A town of Troy home was heavily damaged by fire Thursday, Nov. 15. Firefighters dispatched at about 6:45 p.m., after a passer-by reported flames coming out of the front door of the house at 5 County Road U (Mann Lane). According to a city of River Falls news release, 23 River Falls firefighters responded with a squad, two engines, a brush unit and two water tenders. Hudson Fire also responded to provide additional water.
The "lawn mullet" is an enigma in all its capricious glory. I saw one on a walk around the neighborhood this past summer. The front yard was tightly manicured, meticulous and plush green, with snipped shrubs and fragrant flowers. The sidewalks and driveway had crisp edges, like a marine haircut on Veterans Day.