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Property damage • On Oct. 15, a resident reported dents in the hood of her vehicle, which had been parked on Southridge Road on the night of Oct. 14. The owner noticed the damage the next day. • On Oct. 15, a resident reported multiple damaged mailboxes in the 900 block of Howard Street. Sticky fingers
River Falls Municipal Utilities Utility Director Kevin Westhuis was re-elected to serve a three-year term on the WPPI Energy Executive Committee on Sept. 14. As member-owners of WPPI Energy, RFMU and 50 other utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Iowa work together to purchase power, share resources, and jointly own electric generation facilities and transmission assets for the benefit of their local communities.
In continuing the direction from the River Falls School District's strategic plan to bring small focus groups together for informal discussion, the district is holding luncheons throughout the school year with Superintendent Jamie Benson, and board and staff members. Each lunch group will go through the lunch line before gathering in a room reserved for them for discussion and Q&A's about what's going on in the district. The public is invited to attend one of the following: • Oct. 30, noon, at Greenwood Elementary, 982 E. Division St.
Access to affordable health care and prescription medicine is one of the most important issues in the upcoming state elections. If it is important to you, you need to be informed regarding the candidates' position on health care for Wisconsin residents. To be an informed voter is not easy. Many individuals and organizations have distributed information that is misleading, incomplete or false.
Traffic troubles • At 4:19 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, police responded to a three-vehicle accident near the intersection of Main and Cedar streets. Two people said they were stopped in traffic when they were struck from behind by a driver later identified as a Elaine Ohmann, 17, New Richmond. A witness allegedly saw Ohmann using her cell phone at the time of the accident. The juvenile denied using her cell phone but said she was looking off to the side instead of in front of her at stopped traffic.She was cited $111.40.
River Falls Community Theatre's production of "Steel Magnolias" is described as a "beautiful community play that is for the community, by the community," according to Community Theatre representatives. River Falls-raised director Brian Erdrich said he is thrilled to bring such a charming production to his hometown.
The Angels on Earth Giving tree has partnered this year with the Assistance and Resource Center, Inc. (ARC) to help people in need give Christmas gifts to their kids. Applications for the Giving Tree program are available online at www.arcriverfalls.org or Angels on Earth Giving Tree Program Facebook page. Applications will not be mailed out as in previous years. If necessary, paper copies are available at St. Bridget Catholic Church. The application deadline is Nov. 16. To be eligible, families must live in the River Falls School District.
Asleep in the park
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast has been a River Falls tradition for many years. Current organizer Kathy Scott said she's looking for volunteers to join a leadership committee to organize next year's event. Those interested can contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org . Next year's breakfast is set for Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. More information about the celebration will be released closer to next year's event.
I agree that any accusation of sexual assault should be taken seriously, and anyone found guilty of such a crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But at some point, there has to be evidence. The FBI has performed numerous background checks on Mr. Kavanaugh, including the claims of sexual assault made by Christine Blasey Ford, and came up empty. In fact, the names of four individuals she said were present during the assault denied knowing anything about the incident and could not corroborate her story. This certainly could have, and should have, been handled in a much better fashion. But certain people find it necessary to destroy this man's life and reputation, along with that of his family's without one shred of evidence?