MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker highlighted Allina Health River Falls Area Hospital's Project SEARCH program and a local graduate in his state-of-the-state address last week. Project SEARCH is a nine-month program designed to provide real-life work experience to help individuals with disabilities gain skills needed to enter the workforce. Allina Health River Falls Area Hospital partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Bridge for Community Life, River Falls School District, Ellsworth School District, TMG and ContinuUs.
EAU CLAIRE — Applications are being accepted for three positions on the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) Board of Trustees. The open positions include one member who is an elected official and two additional members. Successful candidates will serve three-year terms beginning July 1. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.
From This Perch As a children, my sisters and I were not allowed to use the word "hate." If I came home from school and said something like,"I hate that arithmetic class!", my father would appear and say: "You don't hate it, you dislike it." So then I'd say, weakly, "OK, I dislike that arithmetic class." But it just didn't have the same punch. The word "hate" seems like such a loaded word that it deserves to be in italics, followed by an exclamation mark.
For around 10 years, River Falls has celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a community celebration. Kathy Scott, of the MLK planning team, said she always looks forward to this event. "It's always a really inspirational event," Scott said. "The Lions give a wonderful breakfast, and the local program is so neat to see the young writers read their poems or essays related to this year's theme." "It's always right to do what's right," is the theme of the year, Scott said, adding that comes from a Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
The dream of living and working in Antarctica will soon be a reality for UW-River Falls physics students Dylan Frikken and Samantha Pedek. They were scheduled to arrive at McMurdo Station on the coast of the frozen continent Jan. 3 but experienced weather delays in New Zealand. Participating in a National Science Foundation project that studies solar storms using detectors at McMurdo Station and the Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole, the students will be a part of the longest continuously running experiment in Antarctica that began in 1961.
WASHINGTON— Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), introduced a bill Jan. 10 that would strip federal protections from wolves in the Great Lakes region and Wyoming, making the animals vulnerable to state-regulated trophy hunting and trapping. With language preventing any further judicial review, the bill would overrule two court decisions that found the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrongly removed Endangered Species Act protections for the wolf.
The River Falls Community Foundation board of directors has announced they are now accepting grant applications for arts, education, the environment, human services and wellness programs and projects. Grants are awarded to nonprofit programs, projects and organizations that improve the quality of life in River Falls and the surrounding area. Grant applications are due Feb. 1, with award decisions made in early March. Grant decisions are made on a semi-annual basis in March and September.
The St. Croix County Democratic Party meeting this month has the topic, "How Rural Issues Affect All of Us." The meeting, open to all, is 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Ready Randy's in New Richmond. Social and discussion hour starts at 6 p.m. January's general meeting looks at the possible arrival of the first super-sized livestock operations in St. Croix County and some possible effects on our lives here. One 7,000 cow dairy can produce the same amount of waste as all the residents in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
In 1870, a group of citizens from Pierce and St. Croix counties petitioned the Wisconsin Legislature to locate the next state normal school in River Falls. Voters from the towns of River Falls, Clifton, Troy and Kinnickinnic requested the authority to vote a tax of $20,000 to make this possible. Those citizens believed in the value of public education. They were undoubtedly convinced that such an investment would be important to the future of River Falls (population then was 741).
Each month Meyer Middle School teachers and staff pick students who excel in various ways. For December, the recognized MMS students are: 6 Gold: Kadence Zielski is the daughter of Mike and Kathryn Zielski. Kadence is a model student. She puts her best effort into everything she does and has a great attitude. She comes to class very prepared and is a great classroom leader. Kadence loves to dance at Helmer Studio. Her favorite subject is either language arts or social studies. Kadence would love to be a nurse who works with children. She would also like to be a dance coach.