Sean Downing, District 1 Sean K Downing, 33, works as qualified care staff at Brotoloc Health Care and freelance graphic designer; Ellsworth Senior High School graduate; three Associate of Applied Science degrees from Dakota County Technical College in applied art and science graphic design, multimedia animation and website design, and art and illustration. The people are the city. Without our residents, no historic buildings or landmarks hold meaning. I seek to preserve our historic buildings and shared heritage. To do this we must put people first.
UW-River Falls Art Department is hosting its annual Juried Student Exhibition April 14-May 3 in Gallery 101 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. Included in the exhibition is student artwork representing media, such as painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, glass, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media and design. This year's juror, Eileen Cohen, received her MFA in ceramics from Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.) and her BFA in ceramics from the University of Delaware (Newark, Del.).
Registration has started for the Spring Hunter Education course on April 1 and April 8 at the River Falls Sportsman's Club. Go to the Wisconsin DNR website gowild.wi.gov to register (look under St. Croix County). The cost, $10 per student, can be brought to the first class date. The Saturday, April 1, class is from 3:30-7 p.m. The Saturday, April 8, class is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants for the April 8 class should bring a bag lunch.
The community is getting ready to “celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer” this Friday. Relay For Life kicks off at 5 p.m. at River Falls High School and ends 2 a.m. This will be the 19th annual Relay, according to Senior Community Manager Kellie Burrows. She said she’s excited for this year’s event.
Most Wisconsin voters already have some form of ID needed to vote, such as a Wisconsin driver license or ID. There is no separate "voter ID." The Wisconsin Elections Commission explains the options on its website. Voters looking to get a state ID can turn to the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles for help at wisconsindmv.gov or visit a DMV customer service center to apply. DMV’s website has a locator to find the nearest DMV and check wait times.
The public is invited to a family friendly pageant at River Falls High School next Thursday, March 23. Set for 7 p.m. in the Doris Fuka Auditorium, the Mr. River Falls High School Pageant is an annual fundraiser to raise money for the Rhino's Foundation. The Rhino's Foundation provides direct cash donations to families in the western Wisconsin area affected by cancer and supports to programs at local cancer centers that benefit local cancer patients. There are two contestants from each high school grade that are judged on stage presence, talent, and Q&A.
UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen has been named to the Ideadvance Investment Committee as the UW Chancellor member. The Ideadvance program supports University of Wisconsin System innovation towards commercialization and combines grant funding with business mentoring to support development of innovative ideas and potential, scalable business from UW System faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs. Grants are available to support applicants, including alumni, for all UW campuses except UW-Madison.
EAU CLAIRE — Agriculture education is serious business to River Falls High School senior Bella Force. She has big plans to pursue it in the future by studying Biosystems Engineering or Agricultural Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. So Force appreciated what new knowledge she could gain at the Ag Skills Competition at Chippewa Valley Technical College March 7. "I'm learning more about dairy," Force said. "But I have a lot more experience with horses."
At the March 7 Kinnickinnic Town Board meeting, Karl Kopacz and Adam Sauer of the state's Department of Transportation presented an overview of future bridge reconstruction. The reconstruction involves a demolition and rebuild of the Interstate-94 bridge that crosses Kinnickinnic Road (130th Street).
Arts Minded In 2016, it appeared the 50th anniversary of UW-River Falls' Commissioned Composer Program would be its last. Fortunately, despite worrisome budget cuts, the program — the most enduring of its kind in America — has survived the chopping block.