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The Hudson-based string band Greenwood Tree will play 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the River Falls Barn Dance series at the Academy Gym at the former Meyer Middle School. The dance will feature all the regular square and line dances and reels given an appropriately Irish flourish by the Celtic-flavored Greenwood Tree.
The seventh Annual Nilsestuen Legacy Event at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will address "Honesty and Integrity in a Career ... Does It Matter?" on Thursday, March 22, at 2 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater in the University Center. The event is free and open to the public. The address is presented by William (Bill) Boehm, retired senior vice president and officer of The Kroger Companies, one of the world's largest retail companies with annual sales exceeding $100 billion.
Attention juniors in high school: It's time to sign up to vie for the title of River Falls Royal Ambassador! Be on the lookout for candidate meetings during Focus. There is an informational meeting for parents and candidates 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 in the high school library. Shown from left are 2017 River Falls Royal Ambassadors Camryn Shea, Anna Cernohous, Macie Vannurden, Sydney Landgraf.
Options for Women received a check for $454 from the local Knights of Columbus Council 4902 following the Lifesavers for Life drive at St. Bridget's Church. Pictured are Options for Women Executive Director JoAnne Parks (left) and Lifesavers for Life chairman Tom Zenk.
Deputies responded at 12:24 a.m. Feb. 21 to W8020 150th Ave. in Hager City for a driving complaint. A caller reported seeing someone driving erratically. The driver, a 31-year-old Farmington, Minn., woman was arrested on suspicion of OWI-third offense, methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver, obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. High Bridge help
At 1p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, police were sent to the 800 block of South Main Street for the report of a large underage party. It was reported that around 50-75 juveniles aged 14-18 were consuming alcohol and possibly marijuana. Police heard loud music from about half a block away. A strobe light was observed through the closed blinds. An odor of marijuana could be smelled around the home. Police formed a perimeter around the house, and issued citations to underage drinkers. Those cited and their alleged Preliminary Breath Test results include:
Public art is taking a timely turn at defining the meaning and worth of refugees and immigrants to American life. In a Feb. 24 PBS news segment titled "Boston Stands With Immigrants," Mori Rothman interviewed photographer, Erik Jacobs, about his compelling larger-than-life photographic portrait projections on 18 public buildings, trees and bridges in Boston. A wide variety of immigrants, well known or not, are lit up after dark, dramatically highlighting these members of the human family.
Dr. Rod Raehsler, professor of economics at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, will serve a two-year term as a vice president on the national board of directors for Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics. As a national officer, he joins Nobel Prize economists Robert Lucas, Thomas Sargent, Robert Solow and Richard Thaler.
The 20th annual Relay For Life is set to be held Friday, April 6-8 at River Falls High School. This year's theme is "A Journey Through Time With Hope." It is focused on "the journey that cancer takes all of those affected on." The schedule includes a spaghetti dinner, opening ceremony, silent auction, luminaria ceremony, pizza party, and more. This year's honorary co-chairs are Janet Burns and Tammy Pitzen. The following are each of their stories in their own words. Janet Burns
Thirty-eight years ago today River Falls siblings Karyn and Chris Bye were watching the United States men's hockey team take on the Soviet Union in 1980. Chris was 10; Karyn was 8. In the waning seconds of the game with the U.S. leading 4-3 after two third period goals, play-by-play announcer Al Michaels made his iconic call, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"