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The American Health Care Association established National Nursing Home Week in 1967. For 50 years, the designation has provided a dedicated time frame to remind people — residents, of course, but especially their friends and families — just how much long-term facility staff and volunteers do for those in their care. The week always starts on Mother's Day, which is appropriate given that the majority of nursing home residents are women. The radio of women to men is 7:1 or greater, depending on the source.
Gov. Scott Walker is expected to announce he is ready to run for re-election in 2018, according to excerpts from a speech the Republican is scheduled to give Saturday, May 13, at the Republican Party of Wisconsin's State Convention in Wisconsin Dells. "People often ask me if I am going to run again in 2018. Well, with record employment in the State of Wisconsin, the better question is, 'Why wouldn't I run for re-election?'" according to the excerpt released Friday afternoon.
Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley hosted the Reach for the Stars gala with Caribbean flair on April 30 at the River Falls Golf Club. Despite the chilly, wet weather, the climate among the nearly 250 guests was warm and festive. The event was the Family Resource Center's 12th annual, and a finale for Executive Director Patty Draxler, who is set to retire Friday, May 19, after over 14 years leading the organization.
Girl Scout cookie time is practically a national pastime. Young girls with their boxes of Thin Mints and Caramel deLites are instantly recognizable and the most enterprising Scouts are often posted up outside of local businesses, selling their wares.
RIVER FALLS — More Little Free Libraries are popping up around the St. Croix Valley, with Chippewa Valley Technical College students working with area nonprofit organizations to find new locations. CVTC communication instructor Karen Jubie involved her students by picking up the ball from a project her husband was involved in. As general manager of Luther Hudson Chevrolet, Tim Jubie worked to establish a Little Free Library in every municipality in St. Croix County back in 2015.
ELLSWORTH — To celebrate Arbor Day, Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services delivered more than 960 evergreen tree seedlings to fourth-graders within the Durand, Ellsworth, Elmwood, Pepin, Plum City, Prescott, River Falls and Spring Valley school districts throughout the week. Each student, through a partnership with Fourth Grade Foresters USA, received an individually packaged seedling with instructions and safety tips for planting and caring for their tree.
The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 25th annual national food drive Saturday, May 13. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community.
Two in five U.S. citizens live where pollution levels are too dangerous to breathe. That's according to the annual American Lung Association State of the Air Report released last week. The good news is that the number of people exposed to these unhealthy particulates dropped from 166 million to 125 million based on three-year measurements covering 2012-14 and 2013-15.
In 2016, Wisconsin recorded over 2,800 work zone crashes that resulted in 1,110 injuries and nine fatalities. To enhance the safety of highway workers and motorists, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is implementing use of temporary portable rumble strips on a state highway improvement project scheduled for this construction season. The rumble strips provide an audible and vibratory warning to motorists entering a construction zone and have helped to reduce speeds and crashes in work zones in other states.
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Discover Wisconsin have teamed up to shine the spotlight on the state's dairy industry through a series of social media videos. The most recent video launched April 20 online at facebook.com/discoverwisconsin and features Adam and Kaitlin Spierings, who own Lone Oak Swiss, a dairy farm in Weyauwega, Wis. The mission of the "America's Dairyland" social media series is to highlight the faces that represent Wisconsin's dynamic dairy industry.