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A person odiously killing other people attracts our attention. Most of us can likely name more serial killers than Nobel Prize winners. Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" song from 1982 comes to mind, "It's interesting when people die; give us dirty laundry." According to numerous website reports, Domino's Pizza recorded their largest one-day sales totals on June 17, 1994. What was happening where tens of millions of Americans were glued to their TV set during dinner time and ordering pizza? June 17, 1994, was the evening O.J. Simpson was being chased in his white Bronco.
The UWRF Foundation, the private fundraising arm of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, raised a record $3,652,296 in charitable contributions in fiscal year 2017, officials announced. The record total comes one year after the close of the university's first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, Rising to Distinction.
In December 2016, the Kinni River Corridor Project started its process of community engagement and education with an open house and mapping exercise. This was followed by a series of six "Tech Talks" on topics including corridor planning, river ecology, economic and neighborhood development, hydro facilities, dam removal, and recreation, tourism and economics. The next step is a multi-day corridor planning charrette in late October.
As a holiday program active in the River Falls community for nearly three decades gears up for its 2017 season, it has established a Facebook page. Updates will be posted on the page: RF Sharing Families as well as in the River Falls Journal and on the newspaper's website. The program will still be based at the Journal office in the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park, and Sharing Families will use the same email address and telephone number as last year. They are email@example.com and 715-426-1054.
Western Wisconsin string band the Rush River Ramblers will kick off the 2017-18 River Falls barn dance series 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in the River Falls Academy gym (the former Meyer Middle School), 439 W. Maple St. The Rush River Ramblers features old-time musicians from Spring Valley and Martell. The group has been a crowd favorite in the River Falls summer Music in the Parks series and spring Bluegrass Festival.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Physics Department begins its fall season of free, public observatory viewings and astronomy discussions Tuesday, Oct. 24. The first stargazing session begins with a talk, "Other Earths Out There?: Kepler's Final Count" by physics Professor Eileen Korenic at 8 p.m. in 271 Centennial Science Hall. Then, if the sky is clear, a telescope viewing session will follow at 8:30 p.m. on the third-floor observation deck. Uranus and Neptune should be visible as well as the waning crescent moon.
The River Falls Library Foundation will host the third annual Kirby Symes Memorial 5K and 1-mile Family Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the River Falls Public Library. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. and the 1-mile family fun run starts at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds from the Kirby Symes Memorial Fun Run will directly benefit the River Falls Public Library. Symes was a good friend and tireless supporter of the River Falls Public Library.
Deputies responded at 8:24 p.m. Oct. 7 to county roads F and MM in Prescott for a motorcycle-vs.-dog crash. The driver and passenger both sustained serious injuries and were hospitalized. The dog's owner was located. Sexual assault reported in Hager City
In an effort to boost the number of local health care providers in the region, Allina Health River Falls Area Hospital Foundation is offering scholarships for nontraditional students living or working locally to complete a degree in health care.
The River Falls Economic Development Corporation recently accepted a donation of $20,000 from Royal Credit Union in support of the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center. As a bronze sponsor, RCU will have naming rights for two private office spaces and be recognized on the donor wall.