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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.
Following a River Falls Police investigation, Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle has filed a criminal complaint against Dennis L. Torkelson, 37, of rural River Falls, for his alleged role in damaging petitions relating to the Wisconsin recall drive of Gov. Scott Walker. The incident occurred just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, on Main Street in front of EconoFoods. Torkelson has been charged with two misdemeanors for falsifying information and for criminal damage to property. He will be asked to appear in Pierce County Circuit Court at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan.
The holidays around Christmas and New Year's don't bring good tidings to the American Red Cross. "We usually see a dip in blood donations from now until after the first of the year," said Sue Gonsior, communications program manager for the regional Red Cross in St. Paul.
Firefighters were called to a town of River Falls house for a blaze that had engulfed the attached garage and had spread to the house at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Firefighters from Ellsworth and Spring Valley were called to assist. Strong winds hampered the firefighting efforts and the house, at W7678 770th Ave., was a total loss. There were no injuries to the home occupants or to responders. Firefighters left the scene just after 3 p.m.
A personal birthday celebration was transformed into a civic fundraiser. The result was a "party" that has contributed to the health and well-being of residents throughout Pierce and St. Croix counties. On Friday night, Nov. 11 -- Veterans Day -- more than 200 friends and family gathered at the River Falls Golf Course to celebrate a milestone birthday for Mary Conroy Johnson, local nurse, and a cofounder and chair of the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties' board of directors. The celebration began with a moving tribute to veterans.
Over the years Nettie Nolen has been hospitalized and treated for bipolar II disorder. This means she's had to endure reoccurring bouts of severe depression. Beyond vital medical care, Nolen says what a person with a mental sickness often needs most is camaraderie. "It's good to be with peers, those who've been through mental-health issues," Nolen said.
Law enforcement is about to get more complicated. Take this scenario: It's after midnight at a local convenience store. A clerk at the counter spots someone browsing by the magazines. A handgun appears to protrude from the person's jacket pocket. Fearful of robbery, the clerk dials 911. With that information, River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque says his officers would respond quickly to check out the armed suspect. As of Tuesday, Nov. 1, such a response won't be automatic.