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I root for the underdogs. I always have. I don't like to lose any more than the next person, but there's something much more satisfying about having the deck stacked against you and finding a way to succeed when everyone else thinks it can't be done. If you like a good underdog story, too, then keep reading.
Deputies responded at 5:06 p.m. Aug. 18 to 1094th Street and County Road F in River Falls for a drunk person on the Kinnickinnic River. A friend had moved the person off the river by the time officers arrived. The intoxicated man was believed to have been driven away by someone else after leaving his kayak to float away downstream. Golf carts reported stolen Two golf carts were reported stolen Aug. 18 at S345 Hidden Fox Court in Spring Valley.
Firefighters and multiple police responded to a small grass fire Tuesday, Aug. 21 around 4 p.m. on Highway 35 in River Falls north of town. Police knocked down the fire --which burned a strip of the center highway median near the Whitetail Ridge business park—with extinguishers. River Falls fire engine and tender truck arrived soon after to put out the remaining fire.
Property damage At 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, police received a complaint from a city staff person who detailed an ongoing problem over the last 18 months of people driving on the grass and gravel area around a public works building at 2550 Meadows Drive. The staff person said a "trail-cam" was installed near the building. The camera showed a vehicle driving with spinning tires throwing gravel up against the building and chipping paint front doors. Sod also needs to be replaced and the driveway needs smoothing from ruts caused by the vehicle's spinning tires.
Join the River Falls Public Library for a special night of live music and stories with best-selling Wisconsin author Michael Perry and his band, the Long Beds 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Rush River Brewing Company in River Falls. This event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at Rush River Brewing Company. Join library staff before the event (at 6:30 p.m.) to discuss Perry's new book, "Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy."
RF Lion's Club Great Duck Race TO THE EDITOR To the River Falls Community, I just want to thank everyone who participated in the River Falls Lion's Club "Great Duck Race" Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. during River Falls Days. With your help, we are happy to report we hit our goal of selling 1,000 tickets and generating $16,000 after paying out the prize winners $4,000. All the proceeds will go towards supporting local programs in our community.
Abigail Inlow, of River Falls, took fourth place in the 37th annual Minnesota Old Time Fiddle Championship Aug. 4, in Mountain Iron, Minnesota. Fiddlers of a variety of ages from the U.S. and Canada competed for prizes and cash during the competition, which also provided live entertainment for a local audience in the Iron Range. The contest is certified by the National Old Time Fiddler's Association. The Minnesota State Champion Fiddler qualifies to compete in the National Old Time Fiddle Championship next June in Weiser, Idaho.
Free School Supply thanks TO THE EDITOR
At 8:15 a.m. July 27, a woman reported a theft from her vehicle parkend in the 100 block of North Winter Street. She said she noticed her front passenger door was ajar when she went out to her vehicle. She alleged the contents of her glove compartment had been gone through and most of it left on the front passenger seat. She said the only thing missing was a savings account book for an old account that has been closed for a couple of years, which resembles a checkbook. The woman said she didn't lock her vehicle as she hadn't had problems in the past. She said she would talk to the bank to make sure no one tries to reopen or use the account associated with the stolen account book.
Eating and driving leads to beanfield damage A motorist left the roadway at 12:31 p.m. July 31 and drove into a bean field at Highway 10 and County Road O in Ellsworth. The driver was eating at the time and choked on some food, which led to the incident. The driver and the owner of the farm property agreed to work out any damages. Bridge fight in Prescott Deputies assisted Prescott police at 5:09 p.m. July 31 with a fight on the railroad bridge at 248 Front St. Thefts