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RIVER FALLS--The Center for Dairy Farm Safety (CDFS) will offer a Dairy Farm Safety Short Course to dairy producers at the Government Center in Durand on Thursdays, March 21 and 28. The CDFS 10-hour short course is a comprehensive program covering: --"Best Practice" protocols for the dairy farm; --The Dairy Local Emphasis Program (LEP) and what it means for producers; --Hazard identification and risk assessment; --Chemical inventories and labeling; --Components of an effective safety and health program; --Hazards when working with animals, in farm structures, as well as with tractors a
MENOMONIE -- Dunn County authorities have identified a father and son killed in a weekend crash on Highway 29. The sheriff's department said William Larrieu, 57, of Elmwood and Joshua Larrieu, 30, of Menomonie both died in the two-vehicle collision. Deputies said a car driven by Joshua Larrieu crossed a centerline, and was hit on the passenger side by an eastbound sport utility vehicle. The driver of the SUV, Jean A. Kulzer, 52, Menomonie was taken to a hospital.
Dustin Paul Bengtson, 31, of Ellsworth, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, 2nd offense, following a crash on Hwy. 63 north of 220th in the Town of Trenton late Sunday afternoon. A state trooper responded to the 5:02 p.m. rollover accident, along with Pierce County sheriff's deputies. The initial report also indicated the operator of the vehicle may be impaired.
Thursday's first Jail Ad Hoc Committee meeting was noted by introductions. The three-person community panel (Mike Hunter, Rod Rommel and Jay Richardson) never met before Thursday and, once greetings were over, it was time to get introduced to what brought them together. The panel received nearly 500 pages of background information relating to the jail going all the way back to 1998.
Over 30 volunteers from Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties will participate in appointments at the state capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 6, as part of the Greater St. Croix Valley Legislative Day. The event coincides with the start of the annual Governor's Conference on Economic Development and several participants from the four-county region will remain in Madison to attend it. The EDCs and chambers in the four counties find value in promoting legislative issues to senators and representatives. The four-hour distance to Madison means regions like the Greater St.
An Appreciation Reception for Dr. Kurt Fuchs will be held Thursday, Jan. 24, 4:30-6 p.m., at 1400 North Acres Rd., Prescott (office to the right of the Allina Clinic). Come and help us show Fuchs appreciation for his 17 years of dedicated service to the community. Light refreshments will be available.
Members of various River Falls baseball teams will be sponsoring a winter fun day on Jan. 26 from 1-3 p.m. at Hoffman Park in River Falls. Players from the River Falls Fighting Fish as well as River Falls High School and River Falls American Legion ball teams will participate in various activities with the local community including snow kick-ball, snow t-ball and sledding. There will be baseball, music, hot dogs, and hot chocolate available as well. Admission is free and so are refreshments. A goodwill donation to the ARC and RF Food Pantry is appreciated.
The State Bar of Wisconsin Volunteer Lawyers Program and the St. Croix Valley Bar Association are sponsoring a free legal clinic to provide general legal information to members of the community on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pierce County EOC Room (next to Pierce County Sheriff's main office). For more information, contact the Pierce County Clerk of Circuit Court's Office at (715) 273-3531 or Phil Helgeson at Heywood, Cari and Anderson, S.C. at (715) 262-5551.
River Falls Area Hospital received a very special Christmas gift, courtesy of the Joe and Ella Kunde family. The Kundes delivered boxes of toys in memory of their infant daughter, Bea, who died in 2010. "We know that the hospital can be a scary place for children," explained Ali Kunde, "and hope these toys bring some joy to the lives of the small patients and visitors who spend time here." The Kundes purchased the toys with garage sale proceeds; in 2011, they used the proceeds to purchase gifts for other families who experience infant loss.
Widespread flu activity is being reported across much of the country and the American Red Cross urges people who have not yet gotten a flu vaccine to get vaccinated now. The Red Cross also has steps people can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus during what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says is the worst influenza outbreak in several years in the United States. Widespread flu activity is reported in 41 states - Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michig