University of Wisconsin-River Falls Students Grace Higgins, Juliana Pundsak, Emily Kupke and Alexandra Miller received scholarships from the River Falls branch of AAUW to attend a national conference last spring. Submitted photo.

The AAUW-River Falls branch sent four students and recent graduates of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to a national conference this past spring. They heard from the young women about their experience. 

AAUW-River Falls sent UWRF students to national conference 

At its Sept. 14 meeting,  AAUW-River Falls Branch heard from the four recipients of its  scholarships to the two-day National Conference for College Student Leaders this summer.

Typically, the conference is hosted in Washington D.C. This year it was held virtually but the presenters assured the group that the conference was meaningful and inspiring.

Junior Grace Higgins, junior Emily Kupka, senior Juliana Pundsak and recent graduate Alexandra Miller shared their knowledge and observations from a broad selection of topics  ranging from financial planning and career strategies to the balance of life and work issues and networking. These workshops reflected the mission of AAUW to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.  

The branch finances these scholarships through the monies earned through its annual community book sale. This year it will be held Oct. 14-30, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 120 N. Main Street, River Falls, the former site of Global Made.

Large donations can be dropped off on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon until Oct. 9. 

Segment of WIS 29/35 in Pierce County expected reopening


Paving is done, but construction crews need to complete finishing work

Even though paving is complete, WIS 29/35 from US 10 in Prescott to County F remains closed to through traffic, so construction crews can complete pavement marking, signing and shoulder and sidewalk work. That is anticipated to take two weeks.

The work is part of a Wisconsin Department of Transportation pavement replacement project from Prescott to River Falls. The stretch of WIS 29/35 from US 10 to County F closed to through traffic on Aug. 9. County F to Cemetery Road in River Falls has been closed since construction began on May 10. Traffic is being detoured via US 10 and WIS 65.

Construction on the entire project is scheduled for completion in early November. The schedule is dependent on favorable weather conditions and construction progress.

Music Education grants available

The St. Croix Valley Foundation is accepting applications for its Music Education Competitive Grant Program. Music Education grants support programs that enhance the quality of K-12 music programs for schools located in the St. Croix Valley.  

Public and private schools located in Washington and Chisago counties in Minnesota and Burnett, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin are eligible to apply. Grants range from $500-$5,000 and are evaluated on innovation, need, impact, goals and budget. This year, the SCVF plans to award $34,000 to music education programs throughout the Valley.  

Additional information is available at www.scvfoundaiton.org/grants. Proposals may be submitted now through Oct. 22. Awards will be announced in December.

The Music Education Valley Impact Fund of the SCVF was established by Nyda Swanson in 2002. The widow of Earl Swanson, former CEO of Andersen Corporation, wanted to forever support the cause closest to her heart – music. The SCVF helped Nyda establish an endowed fund that provides annual grants for music education. Through SCVF’s competitive grant process, the Music Education Valley Impact Fund grants to schools with the most effective programming - placing grant dollars in the most capable hands at the right time, in perpetuity.

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