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A panel discussion featuring Twin Cities-based authors Barbara Deese, Pat Dennis, John Gaspard, Christine Husom, Annika Hansen, and Timya Owen, who specialize in writing "cozy mysteries," a subgenre of crime fiction that downplays profanity and typically features an amateur, most-often female, detective, will take place 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7 at River Falls Public Library. Twin Cities Sisters in Crime is a local chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. Books from each author will be available for sale. About the authors:
Seven members of the UW-River Falls Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Western Show Team are advancing to the IHSA National Championships May 3-6 in Harrisburg, Pa.
Executive Director Jay Matchett has announced his resignation from Our Neighbors' Place. He leaves River Falls to pursue a lifelong dream of attending graduate school at Cambridge University for his Master's degree in Archaeology. Matchett joined Our Neighbors' Place first as a volunteer and then was hired as executive director in March 2015. Our Neighbors' Place staff and volunteers said Matchett has been an incredible asset to the organization and will be greatly missed, and thanked him for his passion and dedication to helping our neighbors in Pierce and St. Croix counties.
Bruce Cumings, an expert on the history of the Korean War and the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History at the University of Chicago, will speak at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls March 28 and 29. Cumings is the guest lecturer in the Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Visiting Professorship in History program. He will hold three free public events in River Falls pertaining to the history of the Korean War and U.S.-Korea relations. The events include:
On March 14, 40 years to the day from when I started, I retired from the River Falls State Bank. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who made this career possible, not to mention so enjoyable. I'd like to especially thank my family, friends, co-workers and customers who allowed me the great opportunity to spend an entire career in River Falls.
The year was 1979. M.A.S.H. and Happy Days were the hot shows on TV. Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and the single "Another Brick in the Wall/We Don't Need No Education" was climbing the Billboard charts but more on Roger Waters' double negative in a minute. 1979 didn't have product selling pyramid schemes, it had door-to-door salesmen. They sold everything from space-age cookware to encyclopedias.
As part of its observance of Woman's History Month, the River Falls American Association of University Women will honor two western Wisconsin women with its "Role Model for Equity" award. Local pharmacist Leah Gavin and UWRF Professor Kathleen Hunzer have been chosen for this recognition because they exemplify commitment to advancing equity and advocacy for women and girls, a primary mission of the AAUW. They will receive this award at the close of its March business meeting at 7 p.m. in the River Falls Public Library Meeting Room.
Bruce Leek, who has nearly 500 engineering and recording credits over a career spanning more than four decades, will visit Abbott Concert Hall at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls from March 19-25. Leek, who was nominated for a Best Engineered Album (Classical) Grammy Award in 2007 for "Spirit of the Season," will record numerous UW-River Falls faculty and student groups as part of a CD project for the music department.
The third annual Girls in SCIENCE: Seeing, Creating, Inventing, Exploring, Naming, Cooperating and Experimenting program will be held Saturday, April 21, at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Youth in grades 4-6 will have the opportunity to experience STEM activities 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Youth in grades 7-8 will participate in activities 1-5 p.m. Attendees will meet UWRF professors, scientists and students, and will cycle through four 40-minute fun, hands-on topics.
Songen, a business concept that's the brainchild of a team of University of Wisconsin-River Falls students, took first place in Thursday's annual Innovation Challenge, coordinated by the university's Center for Innovation and Business Development (CIBD). Songen is a new product designed to deal with adult incontinence, addressing the issues of leakage, ease of use and preservation of dignity. When complete, the product will be offered directly to group homes and assisted living care facilities.