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Each year, River Falls EMS gives all third graders in the River Falls and Prescott school districts a chance to participate in National EMS Week. During the week, students are introduced to personal safety concepts and given pointers for what to do in an emergency, including calling 911. They are also given tours of the ambulances and shown some basic EMS equipment. River Falls EMS has again partnered with Community Safety Net, which provides "Personal Safety for Kids" booklets for each student.
May 7 - 11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week—an annual tradition started in 1984 to recognize and honor our teachers. Please join me in celebrating the influence our teachers have on their students. For nine months per year, between the ages of 4-18, children spend thousands of hours in our classrooms. That time is priceless when thinking of the influence teachers have on their students. Teachers ignite a desire to learn; they inspire hope; motivate the imagination; and
We are living in a time period of incredibly politicized, polarized, and even toxic politics of anger that manifests itself in hate. From the top of the White House on down, tactics are those of bullying and the spouting of noxious and dishonest rhetoric that seeks only to stir up further anger against anyone other than ourselves.
Approximately 857 bachelor's and master's degree students will receive degrees from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls following two commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 12, in the Knowles Field House at the Falcon Center. The first ceremony begins at 9 a.m. for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, and Graduate Studies. The second ceremony at 2 p.m. is for the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Education and Professional Studies.
Cattle on the loose in Pierce County • Deputies responded to a report of a pig on the roadway on Highway 10 by Prescott on April 23. The pig was located and put back in its pen. • Deputies reported to 650th Street/State Highway 29 near River Falls for a report of cows on the roadway on April 23. When officers got there the cows were back in fence, but police did notify property owner that it was reported that cows had been out.
The City of River Falls is currently studying its public access cable program, RFC-TV, which is made available to Comcast's 2,848 cable TV customers in the River Falls area. A viewership survey has been developed to gather input from community members with access to RFC-TV Channel 16. The survey is available online at rfcity.org/rfctv or in paper copy at City Hall or the library. The survey deadline is May 15.
All are invited to join First Lady Tonette Walker as she hosts the first "Walk with Walker" event of the season in River Falls on Tuesday, May 8. The First Lady will lead a 1.2-mile walk along the Kinnickinnic Trail to promote health and fitness as well as the state of Wisconsin. This is the 63rd Walk with Walker event since 2011. "I'm excited to visit River Falls for this spring's first Walk with Walker," said Walker. "These events are a great way to explore all that Wisconsin has to offer.
I'd just left my synagogue this past Saturday and still had my kippah (aka yamulke, aka "that weird little beanie") on when I stopped at a nearby home specialty store. Inside, a nice couple were talking by the shower curtains. On seeing me, the man moved to stand between me and his wife, pushing her backwards.
6 Gold Kaelyn Tape is the daughter of Lindsay Oldenburg and Brendan Tape. Kaelyn is a quiet leader in the classroom. She is a very organized student who really cares deeply about her learning. Kaelyn goes above and beyond in all of her classes and really puts extra effort into everything she does. Kaelyn enjoys dancing and she loves frogs. She has a betta fish and two cats. Kaelyn would like to be able to make a difference in someone's life or help make the world a better place.
In an April when a series of Alberta clippers keep plunging us into unseasonable winter storm repetitions, it's especially fortuitous that the well-known meteorologist Paul Douglas should visit River Falls to explain how climate change is driving the weather that's driving us crazy.