Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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The 2011-12 school year just ended but already you would hardly recognize the inside of Rocky Branch Elementary.
Tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents are already taking advantage of absentee voting for the June 5 recall election, according to the Government Accountability Board. According to River Falls Deputy City Clerk Bridget Hieb, at least 90,000 absentee ballots had been issued by Wisconsin's local election officials who track them using the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS). A total of 68,000 absentee ballots were tracked in SVRS for the May 8 recall primary. Just over one-third of municipalities track absentee ballots in SVRS, including all the state's large cities.
The St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity's 18-unit Eco Village now has a 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, "official Gold Shovel Ground Breaking" ceremony set. The location for this unique housing project is West Maple Street and Apollo Road in River Falls. The Eco Village, which will include a community education center, will be built on seven acres donated by the city.
MILWAUKEE -- On Friday, May 11, U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin will visit New Richmond, where she will meet with members of the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce to speak about her successful work on the Stillwater Lift Bridge and her plans for to create jobs and grow Wisconsin's economy. In 2011, Congresswoman Baldwin visited the Stillwater Bridge and worked with Democrats and Republican to pass a bipartisan measure to invest in Wisconsin's infrastructure and construct a new bridge over the St. Croix River linking Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Billed as a celebration of diversity, the annual Unity in The Community will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Veteran Park in downtown River Falls. All events are free and open to the public. Wanda Brown will emcee.
School district administrators have prepared a $900,000 budget reduction package to plug a projected deficit for the 2012-13 school year. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Meyer Middle School library that proposal will be reviewed for the public. A 20-30 minute presentation on the cuts will be followed by time for comments and questions. School board members will attend to gauge the feedback. "This has been a very deliberate process, and we want people to understand how it was done," said School Board President Stacy Johnson Myers.
A Minnesota man is scheduled to make his first appearance Monday, April 2, in Pierce County Circuit Court on charges of repeated sexual assault of child. Franklin D. Trode, 44, Woodbury, Minn., was charged the Class C felony earlier this month. According to the criminal complaint, River Falls police were notified of the alleged charges in January by Colorado authorities.
Two vehicles crashed at the intersection of County Road JJ and County Road M in the town of Kinnickinnic at 8 a.m. this morning, Thursday, Feb. 16. Both autos were badly damaged, possibly totaled and needed to be towed. Neither driver was seriously hurt. One, however, had to be taken by River Falls Ambulance to the hospital. That driver was Kunisha Perkins, 17, 1408 Evergreen Drive. Perkins, who was southbound on County JJ, was also given a $187.90 citation by a St.
GREEN BAY - Two of the nation's leading Midwest-based general merchandise retail chains, ShopKo Stores and Pamida, said they will merge to create one of the largest U.S. retail chains focused on serving smaller and rural communities. River Falls is the site of one of the 149 Shopkos located in 13 states. According to a news release, the merged chain will have nearly 350 stores in 22 states with plans for more store growth coming later in 2012. Shopko's annual revenues are said to be $2 billion.
A 19-year-old Elmwood driver apparently swerved to avoid a deer before losing control of his 2000 Plymouth Neon and flipping several times before coming to a rest on his wheels in a ditch at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. Jesse McKune was taken by Elmwood Ambulance to Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. His accident occurred on Hwy. 72 just north of County Road PP in Pierce County. McKune was driving north. He was wearing a seatbelt. The crash is under investigation. Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by Elmwood Ambulance and Gilles Towing.