On Tuesday, May 29, Deb Dawson, CEO of African Soul, American Heart will be the guest speaker at the River Falls Rotary Club meeting. Dawson will be sharing the ASAH's mission which is to "Protect, Education and Empower" orphaned girls from the Republic of South Sudan through primary school, secondary school, and beyond. After the civil war in South Sudan forced evacuation of the ASAH Boarding School for Orphaned Girls in Duk Payuel, Jonglei State in February 2014, ASAH relocated to northern Uganda.
St. Croix EDC joined community leaders in New Richmond, Hudson, Hammond and Somerset to recognize businesses during U.S. Small Business Week, April 29-May 5. Sean Fitzgerald and staff at SF Insurance Group in downtown New Richmond hosted the EDC and community supporters on Monday, April 30th. Angela Popenhagen and staff at Stevens Engineers in Hudson were the hosts on Tuesday, May 1. Among the attendees was U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson stopped at Russ Davis Wholesale in Hammond on Wednesday, May 2 for a small business roundtable meeting.
In honor of mothers, the Octagon House Museum will offer free tours for moms on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mothers who are accompanied by a child of any age are admitted for free. Guided museum tours begin on the hour with the last tour starting at 3 p.m. Sunday's visitors will have an early look at this year's décor theme "Then and Now: 100 Years of Education." From national, state and local education to teachers' roles and curriculum, we will take a look at education from 1855 to 1955.
EAU CLAIRE — As people finally begin their annual spring traditions of gardening and landscaping, Xcel Energy reminds customers to call 8-1-1 to have underground utility lines marked before beginning any digging projects.
"Goldilocks and the Three Pigs," a fractured fairy tale comedy by Larry Damico, will be performed by The Phipps Children's Theater May 4-13 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. The action in this playful romp begins with Goldilocks (Heather Derrick, Hudson) dashing into the house of the three Chop brothers (Owen Meisner, Woodbury; Timothy Frank, Hudson; and Connor Boorman, New Richmond).
Unfortunately, it's no longer shocking to hear about overdoses due to prescription painkillers and heroin abuse in any Wisconsin community. In 2016 alone, opioids killed 827 people in Wisconsin. But how did we get here? Four out of five heroin addicts report that prescription narcotic painkillers were the first opiate they abused, and we know that 70 percent of people abusing prescription painkillers first got them from a family member or a friend. Sometimes through sharing, sometimes through stealing.
Two UW-River Falls students were honored by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers at their March 28 meeting in Oshkosh.
STEVENS POINT— Former Green Bay Packer and University of Wisconsin Badger Jared Abbrederis will present the keynote address at the 35th Annual WIAA Scholar-Athlete Award Banquet May 6, at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau. Abbrederis, a native of Wautoma, played parts of three years with the Packers from 2014-16 after his selection in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He also played parts of one season with the Detroit Lions. Abbrederis played in 22 games during his pro career, making 13 catches for 152 yards.
Attention all St. Croix County residents, do you have a passion for community outreach, working with county youth and a love for the fair? If so, consider becoming a candidate for the 2018 St. Croix County Fairest of the Fair.
ELLSWORTH — Max McDonnell is Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services' Live Better Community Service Award winner for second quarter 2018. McDonnell received the award and a $100 Visa gift card on March 29 for his generous work as a volunteer driver for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Pierce County.