Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Like his town of Clifton neighbor Rob Chambers, retired Dayton's cabinet maker Steve Cochrane has rescued stranded Kinnickinnic River travelers. Those rescued, he says, were either unprepared, ill equipped or both. "In the last few years there have been multiple rescues by the Pierce County Sheriff's office, with other units and a helicopter," he said.
A 20-year-old River Falls man was arrested for a suspicious fire that destroyed a 30-by-75 foot storage shed filled with about 400 large bales of high-quality hay at the UW-River Falls Lab Farm #1 after midnight Friday. Said Police Chief Roger Leque: "We believe this was a case of arson." Christopher D. Pixley, 437 Kennedy St. was arrested in the early Friday morning house after the incident. He was taken to county jail in Ellsworth.
The massive highway projects on the edge of River Falls still have two months to go. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Wendy Maves says the work is on target to finish by the July 16 deadline. Later this month drivers will be switched from the northbound lanes to the southbound lanes of Hwy. 35. The southbound lanes have been milled and repaved with concrete. The same will now be done to the northbound lanes. The rest of the highway bypass -- which is just two lanes as opposed to the divided, four-lane stretch to the north -- is only being repaved with asphalt.
Sunday morning Pierce County deputies responded to a crash with one serious injury on Hwy. 10 just east of County Road OO in the town of Trimbelle. Tyler Stees, 19, Hager City, was driving west in a mini-van when he hit a small deer crossing the highway. The deer was thrown in the air and into the eastbound lane of traffic. The animal fell through the windshield of a car driven by Gregory J. Spindler, 37, Shakopee, Minn., and landed on his passenger, Sarah A.
A River Falls teenager was sentenced to 20 days jail Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court for two counts of receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property. Evan R. Bakke, 18, N8041 925th St., was placed on two years' probation for the three misdemeanors by Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing. The jail term was a probation condition. Wing explained his sentencing by stating he was concerned Bakke could be calculating one minute and immature the next because he'd seen evidence of both.
At the end of a long procession of dignitaries, UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen walked into the Riverview Ballroom at University Center Friday afternoon to be officially installed in the job he took last summer. Hundreds looked on or were on stage with Van Galen, including former chancellors Don Betz and Virgil Nylander, state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, state Rep.
Her mother expects Paige Paulson to land at the Minneapolis airport at 1 p.m. Friday after leaving Haiti in the middle of the night. "I'm very excited," said Jackie Paulson, who took a call at 4:30 a.m. from Paige, saying she had landed in New Jersey, taken a bus to Philadelpia and was set to fly home after that. "At that hour, we were both a little giddy on the phone." Jackie said Paige described it as "crazy and quite an adventure getting out of the American embassy." The church group she was with traveled at night by armored vehicle to the airport.
John Swenson was a town of Kinnickinnic farmer for decades, but many people will recall that his named appeared often on the Journal's editorial pages. Swenson, who died last week at age 83, was a prolific letter writer as well as a self-published author. His four books were "My Navy Experience: 1943-1946;" "Just Looking out the Back Door;" "Stuff;" and "The Crew." Copies of each can be checked out at the River Falls Public Library. Mary Murphy served briefly with Swenson when they were elected to the Kinnickinnic Town Board. "John was a good teacher and mentor," she said.