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I can't believe that once again I am sitting at the computer to write of painful political news—the separating of children from their parents because they have fled from the violence of their country to the country whose symbol is the Statue of Liberty: "give me your tired... your huddled masses yearning to be free."
A total of $163,000 was awarded to students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at UW-River Falls at its 52nd Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet April 19 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club. Students, family, donors, faculty and staff made up the 300 guests. Kyle Stuttgen, a senior from Stanley majoring in agricultural business, served as the emcee for the evening. A total of 161 scholarships were awarded to continuing students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in the 2018-19 academic year.
WESTconsin Credit Union offices are collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for those less fortunate from June 4-16. Donations can be made at any WESTconsin location including Altoona, Amery, Baldwin, Barron, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Ellsworth, Hudson, Menomonie (North, Downtown and East), New Richmond, Prescott, River Falls and Spring Valley. All proceeds will be delivered by the credit union to local food pantries for distribution.
Twelve College of Business and Economics (CBE) students at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls were recognized with the Dean's Award for Excellence at the annual CBE awards program April 30. The awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of both undergraduate and graduate students for exceptional leadership and dedication to the college. Students receiving awards were:
It troubles me deeply that an important story received scant media attention last week. On May 8, Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, head of U.S. global health security, left the White House's National Security Council. His office was precipitously eliminated in a reorganization of the National Security Council under its newly appointed adviser, John Bolton. Tom Bossert, a champion of investment in global health security, also left his position of White House homeland security adviser a day after Bolton began.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Horse Judging Team earned top placements at the Midwest Horse Fair Judging Competition in Madison April 20. The team earned first place in the Seniors Team Division and team member Vicki Payne also won first overall in the Seniors Individual Division. The competition was based on two halter and two performance classes, questions about those classes and a general equine-focused written exam.
I opened the newspaper today and read this: "Hondurans lose protection. About 86,000 who have lived in the U.S. for decades told to leave by 2020."
Motorcycle flees officer An officer attempted to stop a motorcycle for multiple violations at 1:13 a.m. May 7 at 150th and 810th streets in Hager City. The motorcycle attempted to flee, crashed and the subject fled on foot. The officer did not apprehend the subject but was able to identify the person; charges were forwarded to the district attorney's office for fleeing an officer and possession of methamphetamine. Report of woman screaming in woods
At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, Renaissance Academy staff informed police that a 17-year-old juvenile had a nicotine vaporizer in school. The student leaned on the vaporizer in class, causing it to emit vapor from within his pocket. The fluid inside the vaporizer tested positive for nicotine. He was cited $73.60 for underage possession of nicotine.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Office will be increasing enforcement efforts through participation in a "Click it or Ticket" traffic safety campaign along with nearly 400 other statewide agencies in an effort to gain voluntary compliance for Wisconsin's mandatory seatbelt law through increased enforcement.