Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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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.
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 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.
Flames swept through and engulfed the back shop of St. Croix Sport just off Hwy. 35N. in the town of Troy shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. The fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars damage to snowmobiles, snow blowers, ATVs, chain saws, and commercial lawn-care equipment. Some was inventory being repaired for customers. It took 26 River Falls firefighters, with two engines, a water tender and a ladder truck almost an hour to control the fire. Fire Chief Scott Nelson said his crew remained on the scene for a few more hours to extinguish hard-to-reach hot spots.
Juleen Zierath, a 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has been elected chair of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine on Thursday, Dec. 6. She is the first female chair of the committee. Zierath is a Milwaukee native and holds both Swedish and American citizenship. She is a professor of Clinical Integrative Physiology at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.
The family of a man charged with killing his three daughters in River Falls tried selling the home where he used to live with his ex-wife - until she pleaded with a Realtor to stop the listing. Maria Verven of Edina Realty Realty told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the girls' grandmother approached the firm about putting the house up for sale, but after getting an impassioned request from Jessica Schaffhausen, the realty firm canceled its listing. The four-bedroom house had been listed for $229,000. Aaron Schaffhausen lived in North Dakota before he returned to River Falls in July.
If elected to serve in Madison, Dan Olson, teacher and Iraqi war veteran, has two objectives: --Working to restore a sense of civility in the political dialogue and finding common ground between Republicans and Democrats so that meaningful legislation gets passed. --Focusing on economic growth policies that include retraining and boosting educational spending that's linked to job-skill preparedness. Olson says "job creation" is a must, especially for District 10, with its imbalance between the poorer, higher-unemployment northern counties like Polk and Burnett versus the better-off
Despite last year's controversies swirling out of Madison, Sheila Harsdorf said another side to state politics gets overlooked. "While some things have been very polarized, almost 96 percent of the legislation in the last session passed with some sort of bipartisan support," said the three-term state senator from rural River Falls.