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Our city-owned hydroelectric power facility is a valuable, profitable, debt-free asset. Our hydroelectric dams are fully functional and generate power 24 hours-a-day, every day, all year. The hydros do not need sunlight, clear skies, constant wind, or coal to function. Our current hydroelectric system consists of two bottom-draw hydroelectric dams. They were just inspected in October 2017, passed inspection, and re-inspection isn't scheduled for another 10 years.
The first baby of 2018 born at Allina Health River Falls Area Hospital made her appearance at 1:38 p.m. Jan 3, 2018. Dayla Mary O'Neil, weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 20 inches long, was born in the River Falls Area Hospital's newly remodeled Family Birth Center to proud parents Ladonna and Tom O'Neil of Ellsworth. Big sister Brielle was especially thrilled to welcome her new sibling.
Medicare is NOT an "entitlement!" Social Security is NOT an "entitlement!" We paid in! In the halcyon days, when movie stars were glamorous, did USO shows overseas, and in general earned their keep, many paid 90 percent in taxes, and were glad to do it, to live in a country they could be proud of. This was in between the original robber barons and the modern-day robber barons.
This morning I read the paper and came across a letter to the editor titled "A massive give-away to the rich." The tax bill was passed by Congress this week and many on the left are screaming. Let's look at what has already happened in response to the passage of the bill. Many companies immediately came out announcing bonuses and minimum wage increases. I'm sure some on the left will figure a way to twist this into a bad thing but I'm a believer that more money in our pockets is a good thing. I also believe each of your readers can figure out how to spend their money and do not need government taking it away and spending it for them.
My father died twice. The first time was a car accident when, after a severe head injury, he came home from the hospital ... different. A kind gentle man became an alcoholic with a mean streak and a fiery temper. The second time my dad died was when his heart stopped in the hospital nearly 25 years later after surgery.
An Elmwood caller reported Dec. 18 that a woman to whom he'd loan his truck hadn't returned it. The complainant reported his debit card was also missing and that his bank had discovered unauthorized charges. Critter patrol
Travis A. Sicard, 39, Somerset, was released on $5,000 signature bond Dec. 15 on two counts of felony bail jumping and one count of misdemeanor bail jumping. The charges stemmed from a Dec. 15 incident in Hudson. Samantha J. Bush, 28, Houlton, was released on $5,000 signature bond Dec. 15 on two counts of felony bail jumping. The charges stemmed from incidents on Dec. 11 in Hudson and Nov. 9 in Hudson.
Let it snow; let it snow; let it snow! There's a snowball effect and it's not coming from the sky but from the River Falls business park. It all started with an email from Reis Insurance owner Warren Kozitza to River Falls City Manager Scot Simpson. "We insure Todd Westby's buildings in the cities" said Kozitza, "and he (Westby) was looking to build at a new location in Minnesota and I sent Scot an email letting him know he was looking to build. Why not build in River Falls, right?" Right you are, Mr. Kozitza; right you are.
Please do NOT relicense the dams TO THE EDITOR "Nationwide, 1,384 dams have been removed from 1912 through 2016." "Dam removal brings a variety of benefits to local communities, including restoring river health and clean water, revitalizing fish and wildlife, improving public safety and recreation, and enhancing local economies." From americanrivers.org I certainly hope our city council decides to remove our two dams.
Wrecked helicopter watch The National Guard reported a helicopter involved in a crash was being left at Red Wing Regional Airport on Dec. 13. A deputy taped off the damaged aircraft and provided extra patrol overnight. Elmwood speeding dispute draws disorderly ticket Deputies responded Dec. 17 to Project Drive and Winter Avenue in Elmwood for an argument between two men about speeding. One of the men was sent a ticket for disorderly conduct. Late night driver