Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Wednesday evening, June 12, a 32-year town of El Paso man overturned his John Deere lawnmower after swerving sharply to avoid hitting the family dog. His left leg was pinned under the mower deck. The man's mother came out to help free his leg. Ellsworth Ambulance medics arrived to take David W. Forss to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for what were described as non-life threatening injuries. A spokesperson said Thursday Forss was in fair condition. The incident took place at N6310 490th St. in El Paso just after 6 p.m. The dog involved in the incident was a large, elderly German Shepherd.
St. Croix County will host a County Parks Open House Day Sunday, June 2, for all park visitors. The Open House Day offers free vehicle admission for all visitors into the county's three staffed parks - Glen Hills Park, Troy Beach and Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake. (Additional fees for camping, boat or canoe rentals, and group shelter rentals still apply.) Parks Operations Manager Dave Larson encourages area residents to discover and explore these St. Croix County parks.
Travelers of Hwy. 35N just outside of River Falls experienced a 15-minute road-closure mid-morning Wednesday, May 15, as crews from Xcel Energy strung new electrical cables as part of construction for the new interchange at Radio Road. Major earth-moving on the project began Tuesday, May 14, with two bulldozers stripping topsoil along the future Paulson Road right-of-way extension. Meanwhile, other crews were busy relocating phone and gas utilities. Three troopers from the Wisconsin State Patrol assisted with the temporary road closure.
The commute home to River Falls at the intersection of southbound Hwy. 35 and Radio Road was slowed late Tuesday afternoon, May 14, by a car vs. motorcycle collision. The injured motorcyclist, Michael D. Fisher, Jr., 33, Hammond, was heading south toward River Falls when a 1996 Honda Accord driven by Katie L. Anderson, 20, River Falls, allegedly failed to yield from a stop sign while pulling out from Radio Road. Police radio communications indicated that Fisher was conscious but had a broken leg, and that he was taken by River Falls Ambulance to Regions Hospital in St.
A half-dozen vehicles parked in the Heritage Park lot, 200 block of West Maple Street, had either windows or windshields smashed overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday morning, April 16-17. Miscellaneous personal items visible inside, such as jacket, cellphone, cellphone charger cord, key and more, were also stolen. No one's been caught. Police Chief Roger Leque said there has also been other scattered and unsolved auto vandalisms recently in the city. In the Heritage Park vandalism spree, police say a rock was used to break a windshield in at least one case.
River Falls police were notified Saturday night, April 13, that law enforcement authorities in Emery County of southeastern Utah believe they have found the body of Donovan Alexander Campbell, 19, of River Falls. Police Chief Roger Leque says that next of kin have been notified.
HUDSON - The trial to determine the sanity of Aaron Schaffhausen in the murder of his three daughters in River Falls last July could be in the hands of the jury by Tuesday, April 16. At the end of Friday afternoon's testimony, prosecutor Gary Freyberg said he had only one witness left -- a medical doctor who will address Schaffhausen's mental condition. The trial resumes at 9 a.m. Monday in the St.
A crowd of about 100 turned out for the Sunday afternoon, April 7, dedication of the Eco Village in River Falls, 114 S. Apollo Road. Phase One of the Eco Village, four twin homes, is nearly completed and the homeowners will soon be moving in. Two more phases will be completed for this St.
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.