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Martin Tiede was recently installed as commander of River Falls American Legion Post 121, replacing Larry Larson, who served in that role for the 500-plus member organization the past three years.
Wednesday, July 17 the 1-128th infantry (River Falls Army National Guard) will be traveling by buses northbound on Main Street from Cascade Avenue after leaving the armory around 1 p.m. and reaching the downtown area around 1:10 p.m. Community members are being asked to show support by lining up along Main Street. The local troops are part of 400 WI Eagle Bat troops deployed and celebrated this past Sunday in Menomonie.
Seven young ladies will compete for 2019-20 River Falls Ambassador titles at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the Falcon's Nest at UW-River Falls. Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is $8 per person. Those attending can park in pay lot 1, in front of North Hall. Meet the candidates: Lindsey Andrea Parents: David and Meg Andrea. Describes herself as: Considerate, caring and confident
The River Falls Public Library Gallery (140 Union St.) will host an exhibit, "Beyond Words: Visual Narratives from the Block Book to the Graphic Novel," from July 8-Aug. 10. The exhibit is free and open to the public; hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, with varying additional Saturday hours. The exhibit follows the graphic novel from its inception in the Middle Ages when early book printers used carved wooden blocks to stamp words and images onto the page, hence the name "block books," to the Expressionist movement, to graphic novels of today.
Almost 70 people gathered Wednesday evening, June 19, at the River Falls Public Library, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wisconsin's ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Attendees tried on historical hats, suffrage sashes and pins, and socialized over tea and coffee. The River Falls Historic Preservation Commission distributed a postcard of Wisconsin Suffrage leaders. UW-River Falls Professor Emerita Betty Bergland gave a presentation on the history of the Women's Suffrage movement, and then took questions.
The River Falls Community Foundation offers grants to eligible non-profit organizations for programs and projects in the areas of education, human services, youth, the environment and civic programs. Eligible programs must meet a specific need in the River Falls area and have clear goals and measurement indicators for progress. "We welcome all non-profit organizations serving River Falls to apply for a grant within our priority areas. Together, we can keep River Falls strong," said Melissa Kolb, Chair of the River Falls Community Foundation.
I took an unofficial poll of friends and colleagues. The most hated sound on Earth is a buzzing old-school digital alarm clock. A distant second is the beeping noise my car makes when the seat belt isn't buckled while in drive. I wear my seat belt, but during the winter months with the heat blasting inside the car, it's necessary to remove one's jacket from time to time. Cue the incessant seat belt beeping noise and cue my seat belt story from fourth grade in 1981.
The Senior Center Picnic will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 25 at the Moose Lodge (620 N. Clark St., River Falls). This is a free event for all seniors in the community, with great food, bingo and euchre. Come for a fine time and bring all your senior friends. The next executive meeting will be held at 9:45 a.m. Monday, July 1. Toenail care will be held on Tuesday, June 25, Wednesday July 17 and Wednesday, July 31. Cost is $20. Please call for an appointment at 715-425-9932.
The Parks Committee of the Town of River Falls recently employed goats tasked with clearing and girdling a variety of invasive species which had overgrown the natural area and overlook at South Ridge Park, accessed from 818th Avenue in the Town of River Falls.
The end of this school year marks the 30th anniversary River Falls High School has played in the Big Rivers Conference. This past year, athletically, has been the best and there's not even a close second.