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From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, the River Falls Wildcats dance team will host the inaugural Wildcat Invitational dance competition at River Falls High School (818 Cemetery Road). They expect to see about 600 dancers from 15 area teams, solos and ensembles. "What people don't realize is that dance is a sport that is 10 months out of the year," Jenny Scott said. "It challenges their strength, stamina, flexibility and balance. It also builds their self confidence."
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls presents the Symphony Band and University Bands in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Directors Kris Tjornehoj and Gary Bird host internationally acclaimed cornet soloist Harmen VanHoorn with composer Stan Nieuwenhuis. A world premier of Nieuwenhuis' "Postcards from Ellis Island" will feature Paris Opera member VanHoorne as soloist with the Symphony Band. Other music includes L'Effet Divers by Nieuwenhuis featuring four movements reflecting real stories of living in Belgium.
There is nothing worse than bigotry and discrimination hiding behind a smile of tolerance. We all know instances of this happening-- - a National Guard combat vet returns and is forced to beg for his job back from a "vet-friendly" company, an older guy with too much gray hair is tossed away like a crumpled-up tissue by his employer of 30+ years, a Jew or Muslim is forced to take vacation to observe their holiest of days, a trauma survivor with PTSD is ostracized by neighbors, a woman with skin too dark is told the job is filled when people are still interviewing for it. The list goes on and on. What makes this worse than outright bigotry is the smile that goes with it, often accompanied by the words "Why, some of my best friends are..."
Due to the repeated failures in the wording of the justice system, my brother has been branded a sex offender of which he is innocent.
Deputies were called at 10:10 p.m. Dec. 2 to W6286 Highway 63 in Ellsworth for a domestic disturbance involving a man who tried setting fire to a house. The man fled the scene before officers arrived. Attempted bank break-in An attempted break-in was reported Nov. 27 at a bank at W3532 Highway 35 in Maiden Rock. Theft targets Christmas trees
Yolanda Lavinia Myhre, 28, Somerset, and Jennifer Lorraine Heffron, 27, New Richmond, were arrested under suspicion of forgery, a probation hold and a warrant after an incident at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 7 when police were sent to Holiday Gas station for a report of counterfeit money. Myhre and Heffron had allegedly paid for cigarettes at Holiday with counterfeit bills.
Meyer Middle School students are encouraged to contribute to their own success while helping others each and every day by being an active listener, doing their best, being kind to others, and having fun. Keeping true to those points, students at MMS rose to the challenge and battled hunger as they once again participated in the annual food drive and Penny Wars to benefit the River Falls Community Food Pantry.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released district and school report cards publicly Nov. 21. With a district score of 77.6, the School District of River Falls Report Card ranks the River Falls School District as "exceeding expectations." The DPI melds together data related to reading and math achievement, ACT college entrance exam results, attendance and graduation rates to issue an overall score.
The School District of River Falls Board of Education received the results of a recent Community Survey at its Nov. 20 meeting. Results were summarized by Sue Peterson, School Perceptions consultant who conducted the independent survey. The survey specifically identified details of a district-wide facility master plan while seeking public opinion on those specific priorities related to facility improvements. The survey utilized a format to provide factual information followed by specific questions.
• Dam removal costs! The poster "Potential cost of Dam Removal" from the Kinni Corridor Project Session 5, "Dam Removal Alternatives," puts the cost of dam removal and related expenses at around $12 million. This number doesn't include cost to replace lost electric generation capacity, loss of hydro infrastructure value, or costs relating to bluff stabilization and other aesthetic considerations.