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Late Saturday afternoon River Falls police were dispatched to a trailer-court home at 1450 S. Wasson Lane to deal with a 23-year-old man at his girlfriend's who was threatening suicide. Witnesses said the man had fired a 40-caliber S&W handgun in the driveway. He later reportedly put the gun to his head. According to Police Chief Roger Leque, the man then went inside the trailer home and wouldn't respond to attempts to contact him by phone. As the evening standoff continued, the Pierce County ERU (S.W.A.T.) team came to assist and was deployed.
A late night crash Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the town of Trenton sent three people from Red Wing, Minn., to the hospital for injuries. One passenger had to be extricated from a vehicle by Ellsworth firefighters. The unidentified driver of a 1998 Buick Regal, eastbound on 825th Street near Hwy. 63, fled before sheriff deputies arrived. Deputies say the car's driver lost control on a curve. The car flipped on its side, went into a ditch and hit a tree. The crash occurred after 11 p.m. The injured passengers found inside were: Antonio N.
River Falls Police found a 29-year-old local woman in the station lobby Sunday night, Jan. 20. She was crying and holding her hand, allegedly claiming that she'd lost her temper and repeatedly punched out her 30-year-old live-in boyfriend. The woman said she might have broken her hand during the attack. Police escorted her to the hospital to see a doctor. The incident took place in the 300 block of East Elm Street.
Flames swept through and engulfed the back shop of St. Croix Sport just off Hwy. 35N. in the town of Troy shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. The fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars damage to snowmobiles, snow blowers, ATVs, chain saws, and commercial lawn-care equipment. Some was inventory being repaired for customers. It took 26 River Falls firefighters, with two engines, a water tender and a ladder truck almost an hour to control the fire. Fire Chief Scott Nelson said his crew remained on the scene for a few more hours to extinguish hard-to-reach hot spots.
The family of a man charged with killing his three daughters in River Falls tried selling the home where he used to live with his ex-wife - until she pleaded with a Realtor to stop the listing. Maria Verven of Edina Realty Realty told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the girls' grandmother approached the firm about putting the house up for sale, but after getting an impassioned request from Jessica Schaffhausen, the realty firm canceled its listing. The four-bedroom house had been listed for $229,000. Aaron Schaffhausen lived in North Dakota before he returned to River Falls in July.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, from Minnesota, probably has much higher name recognition in western Wisconsin than Tammy Baldwin. So Baldwin, a Democratic congresswoman from the Madison area Wisconsin who is running for the U.S. Senate against Republican Tommy Thompson, brought Klobuchar along to help her campaign Friday, Oct. 12, in Hudson, River Falls and Spring Valley. The two stopped to press the flesh at the South Fork Cafe on Main Street in River Falls over the noon hour.
Downtown River Falls should see the opening of a new used bookstore by the second week of October. The Main Street building that formerly housed Gemini Jewelers and, later, Mr. Movies after it relocated before closing will be the site for this store. The building is undergoing interior renovation as it converts for a new tenant that will go by the name Fox Den used books. The owners are River Falls residents Heather and James Williams. James Williams already has operated a used bookstore on Grand Avenue in St.
With age people are often less active and prone to gain weight while losing muscle mass. Their immune systems weaken, leaving them more susceptible to disease and illness. "Having a balance of nutrients is vital," says River Falls Medical Clinic dietician Debra Sanders.
Two drivers were seriously hurt and had to be extricated following a near head-on crash just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, on the Hwy. 65/35 bypass a half mile south of the East Division Street. Afterward the bypass was closed until early afternoon. River Falls police have cited one of the drivers, David Kirscht, 24, Garfield, Minn., for inattentive driving and operating left of center. According to Police Chief Roger Leque, the injured drivers are: Kirscht, who was driving a full-sized 2004 Cadillac, and Nathan R. Winger, 28, W6337 Hwy.
River Falls Fire Chief Scott Nelson says the region is under a Fire Watch Weather Area due to the excessive heat, lack of rain and high winds. Because of these conditions, the city and many surrounding towns have implemented a fire ban immediately. During this period open fires are prohibited, including recreational fires. According to Nelson, this ban will last until there is significant rainfall to reduce the fire threat. Besides River Falls, these cities and towns also have implemented the ban: Troy, Clifton, River Falls (town), Kinnickinnic, Pleasant Valley, Roberts and Hudson.