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101 Things To Do: The Falls Theatre in River Falls

Editor's note: This is the latest stop in our new series, 101 Things To Do. Each week through December 2020, we will select one place or activity around the region to highlight. The stories are compiled at www.rivertown101.com.


Boys Basketball: Raiders push win streak to nine

Four Raiders scored in double figures and all 10 players who saw action scored at least two points as the Hudson boys’ basketball team routed Menomonie 74-47 for its ninth straight victory Thursday night, Feb. 14 in Hudson.


Wisconsin drug bust leads to 9 arrests

Investigators from the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office carried out several Valentine's Day search warrants, seizing drugs, cash and guns. The bust led to the arrest of nine suspects.


Wisconsin dentist arrested in connection to arson of boat house

A local dentist has been arrested for setting a neighbor's boat house on fire. According to a complaint, John Haag, 55, was arrested on Feb. 2 for arson. The complaint says the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department was called to a boat house fire near Bass Lake in New Richmond, Wisconsin, at about 4


Illinois Democrats Ask Wisconsin Governor To Review Foxconn Plant Impact

(AP) — Illinois congressional Democrats have asked Wisconsin’s new Democratic governor to re-evaluate the environmental impact of a sprawling plant that Foxconn Technology Group plans to build near the states’ border, saying they are concerned it could exacerbate flooding in Chicago’s northern subur


Wild Side Column: Feeding my fishing addiction

I really enjoy hunting, fishing and being in wild places. The winter has been kind to us at our place in Cedar Key on the northern Gulf Coast of Florida. We've been able to take long hikes in the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, explore the Nature Coast and fish from our boat.


Sexual assault charges re-filed against Pierce County deputy

Pierce County (WQOW) – Child sexual assault charges have been re-filed against a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputy. The charges against Allen Wojcik were dropped without prejudice after a mix-up with who would be prosecuting the case.


AAA Gives 3 Wisconsin Restaurants 4-Diamond Rating

WISCONSIN -- AAA has released its exclusive five-diamond list of restaurants and not a single restaurant in Wisconsin made the cut. The list, released Thursday, includes just 67 restaurants in North America and only three new restaurants were added this year. Three Wisconsin restaurants earned a fou


Dakota County Jail Bookings On Valentine's Day

HASTINGS, MN — The following people were booked at the Dakota County Jail on Valentine's Day after their arrests. Arrested on suspicion of financial transaction card fraud.


News analysis: Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Supreme Court pick is an anti-gay bigot with ethical baggage

Progressive groups and leaders are lambasting Republican Supreme Court nominee Brian Hagedorn as unqualified following revelations that he penned homophobic, misogynistic, racist and extremely partisan blog posts.


Mom wanted 15-year-old to sell marijuana at school, Wisconsin charges say

A New Richmond mother accused of involving a minor in a plot to sell pot pleaded not guilty to all charges in St. Croix County Circuit Court Tuesday, according to court records, which included an additional felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute charge.


Wisconsin girl fights off potential abductor with Valentine's candy

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (WITI) - Police in West Allis are investigating after a little girl was grabbed on her way to school Thursday morning. They say a Valentine's Day gift may have saved her life.


Firefighter of the Year: 'Reliable, responsible, dedicated'

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Justin Wilson was at the annual River Falls Fire Department awards banquet. As he listened to a list of things the Firefighter of the Year does for the department, Wilson realized those things sounded familiar.


Highway 316 crash results in life-threatening injury

A two-vehicle crash on Highway 316 near the area of Bauer Circle on Thursday morning resulted in life-threatening injuries for a 20-year-old woman from Cottage Grove, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.


Missing Minnesota man survives North Dakota blizzard in his vehicle, but then he's hit with tragic news

FARGO — A missing Minnesota man who was disoriented spent two nights in last week's blizzard and bitter cold in his vehicle in a ditch along a desolate rural road near Wheatland in eastern North Dakota.


Shopko closing 'unfortunate' loss for the community, chamber says

In May, the Ellsworth Shopko will close its doors to the community. The announcement was made last week, following news that the company had filed for bankruptcy in January. The pharmacy at the store already closed Feb. 5, and the full store will close May 5.


Town of RF crash sends 2 to hospital

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in the town of River Falls Monday afternoon. Pierce County Sheriff's Office was notified of the crash at 3:39 p.m. Feb. 11 at County Road E and 690th Avenue.


Charges: Minneapolis man killed two women after loud music, argument

A Minneapolis man was charged Thursday with fatally shooting his neighbor and the woman's daughter Saturday after an argument. Richie Vessel, 46, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with two counts of second-degree murder with intent in the deaths of Eileen Mark and Jennifer Angerhofer.


Girls basketball: Stillwater wraps up first conference title since 2000-01 season

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — The Ponies checked off some notable achievements while also paying tribute to their four seniors during a runaway 86-39 Suburban East Conference girls’ basketball victory over White Bear Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Stillwater Area High School.


WIAC basketball roundup: Diersen scores career-high 33 to lead UW-Stout women

The UW-Stout women's basketball team got a career-high 33 points from Bailey Diersen in a 78-68 win over UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday in Menomonie. The Blue Devils ran out to a 20-10 lead by the end of the first quarter and held on from there to improve to 17-7 overall and 7-6 in the WIAC.