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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.
Joined by friends and family at her rural River Falls home, state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) announced the kickoff to her re-election campaign Sunday, July 29. Harsdorf cited her accomplishments in the state Senate and reform agenda as the type of leadership western Wisconsin needs in Madison. "This session has brought historic reforms to our state, leading to a balanced budget, a reverse in Wisconsin's trend of job losses, and an improvement in our state's business climate rankings," said Harsdorf.
A two-day local blood drive sponsored by the American Legion Post #121 got off to a huge start Thursday, July 26. Organizer Jerry Matteson called the first-day response "simply overwhelming." The local blood drive in River Falls goes on until 7 p.m. Thursday and picks up again Friday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The blood drive is held inside at Legion Hall, 701 N. Main St.
Police continue to ask for the public's assistance in their search for a laptop computer and computer bag believed to be Aaron Schaffhausen's. Schaffhausen has been charged with the murders of his three daughters in River Falls Tuesday, July 10. These items may have been ditched along the road by Schaffhausen before he turned himself in.
About two hours after he allegedly killed his three children at the home where he once lived, a former River Falls man turned himself in to police at their station, soon after officers had begun searching for him. Aaron Schaffhausen, 34, was booked into St. Croix County Jail at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, on three counts of first degree intentional homicide. His daughters, the alleged victims, have now been positively identified as Amara Schaffhausen, 11; Sophie Schaffhausen, 8; and Cecilia Lee Schaffhausen, 5.
Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle has decided not to criminally charge Codi Walztoni for the stabbing death Friday, July 6, of 22-year-old Dylan Barry. The knife stabbing occurred in Walztoni's ground-floor apartment at 233 W. Cascade Ave. William Sangster Jr., another man stabbed, is reportedly still at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. His condition is unknown. O'Boyle said Monday afternoon, July 9, that it would be "premature to formally charge Mr.
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.