Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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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.
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.
Aaron Schaffhausen, formerly of River Falls, allegedly left his three daughters behind in their home with the gas fireplace activated on the first floor and the odor of flammable liquid coming from the basement. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, July 11, Police Chief Roger Leque wouldn't respond to a reporter's question whether Schaffhausen had planned to burn the house down at 2790 Morningside Ave. Leque said that would only be speculation at this point. Schaffhausen's three daughters, ages 5, 8 and 11 were found dead inside.
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.
A 48-year-old Hammond man's son was badly injured after the boy was thrown from a 2007 Ford Ranger pickup truck. The Hammond driver was going around a curve when he lost control. The truck went into a ditch and flipped several times. The rollover occurred at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, on Hwy. 29 south of 690th Avenue in the town of Clifton. Dale P. Rapp, 48 is the driver. He was not seriously injured. Rapp's son, Zeke Orme, was listed by the Pierce County Sheriff Department as a "minor child." Rapp apparently was eastbound on Hwy.
During a one-on-one interview, 10th Senate District Democratic candidate Shelly Moore said she views her candidacy in the recall election against Sheila Harsdorf as expanding what she does in the classroom. Moore, who teaches English/Drama at Ellsworth High School, said she will reach out to 10th District constituents whose voices are no longer being heard. Moore said good teaching is about reaching out to students and stimulating their innate potential. "For me, the biggest thing about this race is that I have no anger directed at Sheila Harsdorf," Moore said.
A 19-year-old UW-RF freshman was found dead in her dorm room Thursday morning, April 7, by a girlfriend who was waiting for her to show up to have coffee. River Falls police have identified the victim as Kersten J. Greene from Eau Claire. Police say Greene had been dead for some time. There was no attempt to revive her. The friend -- also a UW-RF student -- who found Greene in her bed called 911 right away and reached a Pierce County Sheriff's dispatcher. River Falls Police Sgt. Jon Aubart said there were no signs of trauma or injury to Greene's body.
Crystal DuBois said after 12 draining hours of labor, it was a shock to have her nine-pound son whisked away soon after delivery, before she could hold him. "It's not fun to be left in a hospital without your baby," she said of the Oct. 26, 2010, birth of Brody DuBois. Shortly after being born and unable to breathe on his own, Brody was airlifted from Hudson Hospital to Children's Hospital in St. Paul.
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.