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What will $19 million get you? The River Falls School District will demonstrate the answer to that question with a series of open house tours later this month. The tours will be held at the four local public schools that underwent the most extensive renovations after the passage of the $19 million referendum in November 2011. Renovations have taken place mostly during the past two summers when teachers and students weren’t in classrooms. The work is now finally done. Here are times and locations for the Monday, Sept.
MADISON—State Representative Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) announced that he will hold two listening sessions in the 30th Assembly District. A member of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, Rep. Knudson looks forward to hearing his constituents’ concerns and ideas regarding the many important issues facing our state. Listening sessions have all been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26.
On Aug. 3, firemen from River Falls and Roberts were returning from a training session when they stopped and visited a Kool-Aid stand set up in front of Mary Babler’s home on Winter Street. The firemen were a hit and met many of the neighborhood children and their parents. Pictured, in back from left, David Babler and daughter Ruthie; firemen Brendon Johnson, Jonathan Wright, Steve McClusky, Stefan Wood and George Niemeyer from Roberts, Mitchell O’Keefe and Charles Meyer; kneeling in front, from left, Lt.
Carl Corey will discuss his portfolio, "For Love and Money: A Portrait of the Family Business 2011," from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Sept.
Master percussionist Babatunde Lea and his quintet will perform a concert of African rhythms, Afro-Caribbean spiced music, and straight ahead jazz on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Lea has performed with a diversity of artists, such as Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Randy Weston, Van Morrison, Oscar Brown Jr. and Pharoah Sanders.
Attention all boys in grades K-5 -- you are invited to join River Falls Cub Scouts on Monday, Sept. 16. Enjoy an open house with new and current Scouts doing crafts and games while you register. Pack 54 will be meeting from 6-8 p.m. at the River Falls Library. If interested call Molly Johnson, 715-426-2023 or Jerry Wolf, 715-425-5495. Pack 457 is meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post at 701 N. Main St.
St. Croix County Health and Human Services and the New Richmond Community Commons would like to join together with dedicated members of our communities to reach the common goal of preventing and treating substance abuse within our community. With a focus on prevention, intervention, and treatment the hope is to create a better St.
The Kinnickinnic Town Board voted at its Sept. 3 regular meeting to add a six-month extension beginning Nov. 1 to the current moratorium on frac-sand mining. Town board Chairman Jerry Olson said the extension gives the board more time to get its permanent Nonmetalic Mining Ordinance in place. Brian O'Connor, of Preferred Sands of Minnesota, said he was concerned how the moratorium is affecting his business. "We are betting a lot of our business because of this moratorium," he said.
Tom Sitz got his way. At the Sept. 3 regular meeting, the town of River Falls supervisor asked his colleagues why the town was trying to write its own blasting law. "Why are we going down this road?" he asked. "I want this taken off the table." Sitz said the Town Board is "chasing in the wrong direction," especially since no one on the board has any real blasting experience and county and state regulations are already in place. Supervisor Leroy Kusilek agreed with Sitz.
Genevieve Hovde Rugo Genevieve Hovde Rugo started her singing career 70 years ago in 1943, when her brother Milt insisted she enter an amateur contest held each year during the Fall Festival in River Falls. She couldn’t believe it when she was presented with first place prize of 20 silver dollars in a First National Bank cloth bag (which she still has). The next night River Falls Journal publisher C.E. Chubb introduced her to Frank Blood of radio station KSTP. He immediately asked her to be a guest on his show at the studio on University Avenue in St.