An investigation may determine why, but what's known is that a speedboat driver on the St. Croix River somehow lost his bearings. Instead of continuing north, Patrick Puhalla, 46, of Bayport, Minn., got turned to the east. His pleasure cruise on the river with two buddies ended when his boat slammed into a vertical rock face on the shoreline of Kinnickinnic State Park just before midnight last Wednesday, June 5. Puhalla and Daniel M. Schulte, 55, of Hudson were seriously hurt. They were discovered and rescued by two Minnesota men out fishing that night.
According to a two-week police investigation, a 23-year-old Hudson man lied when he said he was shoved off the downtown roof of Steve's Pizza Palace in River Falls. Andrew S. Jacobson, 846 Badlands Road, was cited last week for criminal damage to property ($240 fine) and trespassing ($177 fine). He will have his day in municipal court at 1:30 p.m., July 18. As for restitution, Jacobson will be asked to pay a $1,000 deductible on the insurance claim for repairing Steve's Pizza's metal awning. That awning was split open just before 1:30 a.m. Friday, June 1.
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 suspect who allegedly used a pen to jab at -- rather than sign -- Gov. Scott Walker recall petitions last month in River Falls before walking away and calling himself "George Washington," has been charged for this incident by Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle. In the Dec. 21 criminal complaint, Dennis L.
Incumbent state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf said her resounding win in the Tuesday, Aug.
Sheila Harsdorf was first elected to the state Assembly in 1988. In the late 1990s she farmed for a couple of years before being elected to the state Senate in 2000 where she's served ever since. In all her years of public service she's never encountered such hostility that's resulted in her being one of nine state lawmakers facing a recall election this July. That doesn't mean Harsdorf is surprised or intimidated. "This is the first serious attempt to balance the state budget in more than a decade, and the special interests are fighting to maintain the status quo," Harsdorf said.
There was no joking on April 1 when Shelly Moore decided to run against Sheila Harsdorf in a 10th Senate District recall election. She was teaching some very smart juniors and seniors in an advanced placement literature class at Ellsworth High School. On April 1 the class learned that Gov. Scott Walker would end the college tuition reciprocity agreement between Wisconsin and Minnesota. Many of Moore's students were enrolled for the fall at a college in Minnesota. "There was confusion in the class about understanding just what that decision would mean," Moore said.
River Falls police were asked to track down and find a suspect who had made off with a batch of Sen. Sheila Harsdorf recall petition signatures late Sunday afternoon. The alleged theft occurred on the sidewalk near EconoFoods. The male suspect pretended he wanted to sign the petition to recall Harsdorf but instead swiped the forms with signatures and drove off. The man drove back in five minutes and tossed the petition toward the group of volunteers. Either it was a poor throw or they couldn't catch.
On Thursday, March 24, faculty at the UW-River Falls voted 148-16 out of a unit of 222 in favor of union representation through AFT-Wisconsin, a statewide labor federation affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
Local stuttering expert Jerry Halvorson agrees that "The King's Speech" deserved best-picture Oscar for exposing a condition that brings humiliation and is stigmatized, misunderstood and mistreated. Like the stammering King George VI in the movie, the problem begins early in life, usually before a child starts school. Repressed guilt and shame fan the speech impediments. However, Halvorson claims that stuttering is not a problem.