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Over 1,100 farmers and agriculturists attended the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s (FB) 94th annual meeting, Dec. 6-9 in Wisconsin Dells. Member delegates set policy to guide the legislative agenda for the state’s largest general farm organization over the next year.
Don’t miss the ‘ Snow Ball ’ Saturday evening, Jan. 18. The dance, a do-over prom, is being sponsored by the library and the River Falls Library Foundation in conjunction with our prom exhibit in the lower level gallery. I plan to wear something fun and sparkly, providing I can stop eating leftover Christmas cookies...and I’ll get to dance with my husband at a prom! Admission is free. Doors open at 7 p.m., with live music by the Bad Habits Brass beginning at 7:30 p.m.
As we ring in 2014, we also ring in another seasonal outbreak of influenza. While this area has yet to be hard hit, we’re reminded by health officials not to wait before taking precautions to maintain our good health. According to Mary Boles, River Falls Clinic manager of support staff: “We are seeing some positive cases of flu coming into the River Falls, Ellsworth and Spring Valley Medical Clinics.
The 1974 varsity debate squad members took third place at a UWRF Invitational debate held in January that year. From left, Eric Rishel, Gwen Nelson, Joleen Klug and Jeff Larson with their certificate. Journal file photo.
A 33-year-old local man was cited before midnight Saturday, Jan. 4, for dog running at large. The dog’s owner said he would fight the citation in court because he believes dogs shouldn’t be kept tied up in a yard. The collar-less dog, reportedly a spaniel named Cooper, had been running loose in sub-zero cold for hours, jumping on people, crossing the road.
The Twin Cities acoustic string band, Gritpickers, will play in River Falls on Saturday, Jan. 18. The appearance, sponsored by the local Community Arts Base and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, is part of 2013-14 Saturday Night Barn Dance series. The barn dance is held at the River Falls Academy, corner of Maple and Fremont streets, from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for 12 and under.
It wasn’t just the parents (with back aches, leg aches and headaches) and young tramp snow shovelers (who walk from door to door saying “Hey mister, would you like me to shovel your walk?”) who were out on the cold pavement after the recent 4-inch snowfall. These two charming sidewalk cleaners are Donna, age 6, and Susan, age 4, daughters of Anton Lenzen, 227 E. Division St. Sporting pink cheeks and rosy roses, the shovel maids blithely insisted they weren’t a bit cold. (1963 Journal file photos)
1963: Some fun was the first snowfall to children like these — Vickie Nelson, Roger Kroeze, and Trudy Kroeze busy building a snowman in front of the Alvin Larson home on Park Street. 1963 Journal file photo.
The Pierce County Health Department reports the state Center for Disease Control has received a number of reports of severe respiratory illness among young and middle-aged adults, many of whom were infected with influenza A virus from November through December. Many required hospitalization and some fatalities have also been reported. While it is not possible to predict which influenza viruses will predominate during the entire 2013-14 influenza season, pH1N1 has been the predominant circulating virus so far.
A 55-year-old woman staying at a local motel allegedly refused to pay a taxi driver a $150 fare for her ride from north Minneapolis back to River Falls around 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23. The Twin Cities cabbie called police. Back at the downtown River Falls Best Western hotel, the woman was said to be causing a fuss. She claimed she’d lost her credit card and couldn’t pay. She also told police she’d been to a sex shop to buy a bra in Minneapolis, that things got strange there with naked people inside.