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U receives lots of new recycling bins
A life lived inventing
Wisconsin roundup: Snow brings 3-day weekends to thousands; some Kohl's stores to shrink; 7 more state news stories
Hammond Hotel: 'It's time for a new era'
School notches top character award
crime and courts
Falcon men advance to WIAC title game
Wildcats BRC champs
Falcon men clinch WIAC title
Memories resound as UWRF's Karges Center era closes
Small town kids, big league dreams
Darn that storm: Coffee concert canceled
Flu season settles in, officials continue to recommend vaccination
She's bringing song back; feel free to join
Wanted in Pierce County: Century and sesquicentennial farmers
College students present diverse artwork exhibition
arts and entertainment
CITY OF RIVER FALLS: 3/7/17 Public Hearing re: Eagle Storage Permit
CITY OF RIVER FALLS: 2/28/17 Public Hearing re: Proposed Ordinance 2017-06
CITY OF RIVER FALLS: 2/28/17 Council Meeting Agenda
SHARING FAMILIES: 3/3/17 Annual Meeting Notice
SUMMONS: Applegate Inc. v. Elizabeth DeLabio; Case No. 17-SC-57
Roger N. Hines, 63
LaVerne J. McAleavey, 93
LaVerne J. McAleavey, 93
Donn Marvin Webster, 89
Sheila Kinney Ambrose, 64
Adventures of a first-time snowshoe trip
Library Notes: So much going on in the arts, with activities and fantastic reads
Acknowledging our darker impulses is humbling
Working together keeps us strong and relevant
Our care for the elderly: How long can this go on?
Real Estate Showcase
April 29, 2009
Dave Wood's Book Report, April 29, 2009
A wag of my acquaintance once said that word processors are ruining the art of biography. He explained that it's so easy to type on them (no carriage return, no worries of hyphenation, etc.), that "if Moses had one, there'd be 17 commandments rather than 10." In some ways it's true....
April 29, 2009 - 12:00am
April 24, 2009
Wood Working: Seatless in Ixtapa: Hey, you can go home again
About 30 years ago, Ruth and I made our first trip to Mexico. We bought a package from Sun Country Tours and took off for Mexico's newest resort location, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa. And we've never been back until last month. We had never been back because our first trip wasn't exactly...
April 24, 2009 - 3:12pm
April 22, 2009
Dave Wood's Book Report, April 22, 2009
As I've mentioned before, I love to read books that embrace a specific locale. In fact I got started reading when I was in high school and someone told me about Sinclair Lewis, a writer who grew up in a small town, like me.
April 22, 2009 - 12:00am
April 15, 2009
Dave Wood's Book Report, April 15, 2009
'They roused him with muffins -- they roused him with ice -- They roused him with mustard and cress -- They roused him with jam and judicious advice -- They set him conundrums to guess. When at length he sat up and was able to speak His sad story he offered to tell: And the...
April 15, 2009 - 12:00am
April 10, 2009
Wood Working: Much is revealed reading between the lines of history
Last week I wrote about Jim Farmer loaning me his father's copy of "A History of Northern Wisconsin," published in 1881. It was interesting because it contained data on my hometown, including prosperous citizens who paid to have their names mentioned, who are no longer remembered...
April 10, 2009 - 1:14am
April 8, 2009
Dave Wood's Book Report, April 8, 2009
After graduating from Harvard, Sara Houghteling studied for her master's degree in fine arts at the University of Michigan, where she received a Fulbright Scholarship to Paris and one of Michigan's highest honors, the Avery Hopwood Award for novels. This bodes well for the young...
April 8, 2009 - 12:00am
March 18, 2009
Dave Wood's Book Report, March 18, 2009
Sports, restaurants and graphic novels make a variety of good reads. Baseball is getting underway, so for a behind-the-scenes look could I suggest "Under the March Sun: The Story of Spring Training," by Charles Fountain (Oxford University Press, $24.95)? Northeastern University...
March 18, 2009 - 7:39am
March 6, 2009
Woodworking: Finding the hook that keeps them reading all about it
With long-established newspapers folding (Capitol Times in Madison) or going into chapter 13 (Star Tribune in Minneapolis), there's lots of talk about how to save the institution that has been so important to the fostering of democracy in these United States. One idea that's been...
March 6, 2009 - 8:52am
March 4, 2009
Dave Wood's Book Report, March 4, 2009
Award-winning Minnesota poet Larry Schug just sent me his new book, a gem called "Arrogant Bones,"(North Star Press, $12.95). Schug works at the College of St. Benedict, by St. John's University, where Sen. and poet Eugene McCarthy went to schools. Schug's down-to-earth, sardonic...
March 4, 2009 - 12:00am
February 26, 2009
Woodworking: What's this? My memories all go way, way back
One of the jokes about my Grandpa Wood was that he could recall with precision what happened to him 50 years ago, but was stumped if you asked what he had done yesterday. I'm no grandfather, but now the joke is on me.
February 26, 2009 - 9:38am
February 25, 2009
Dave Wood's Book Report, Feb. 25, 2009
A new book sheds new light on a well-known historical educator. "Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington," by Robert J. Norell (Harvard University Press, $35) is a fine new look at a historical figure who has suffered a bad rap for too long. Booker T. Washington has taken...
February 25, 2009 - 10:50am
February 11, 2009
Dave Wood's Book Report, Feb. 11, 2009
I'm proud and happy to work for newspaper organizations who still believe it's important to publish news about books and the folks who write them. In the past few years I've gotten the impression that other newspapers consider books as little more than competition for their own...
February 11, 2009 - 12:00am
January 28, 2009
Dave Wood's Book Report, Jan. 28, 2009
"Your Heart Belongs to Me," is not a sappy Tin Pan Alley lyric, but the title of a new thriller by Dean Koontz (Bantam, $27).
January 28, 2009 - 12:00am
January 21, 2009
Dave Wood's Book Report, Jan. 21, 2009
Several years ago, my friend novelist Carolyn See wrote a tell-all book about her family's century-long love affair with alcohol addiction, written with her usual literary flair. See is a fine California novelist ("Rhine Maidens," "Making History") who doesn't get enough attention...
January 21, 2009 - 12:00am
January 16, 2009
Woodworking: I forgive fellow columnist for his disdain of lutefisk
The Journal's outdoor columnist Dan Wilcox has for years been one of my favorite reads in this newspaper. Dan has the rare ability to make writing look easy when actually it's very hard, especially if one writes as graphically as Dan. Also, Dan grew up in Ohio, where I spent much...
January 16, 2009 - 12:00am