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All are invited to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in River Falls on Sunday, March 17 from 1—7 p.m. Participants are invited to don green apparel and come downtown for some fun and games. The celebration begins at 1 p.m. with the "Pot-of-Gold" medallion hunt. Clues will be posted in Veterans park every hour until the medallion has been found. The prize is $50 in Chamber Checks.
What would you do if you could get $10,000 to make the community of River Falls better? The River Falls Community Foundation (RFCF) wants to know. The organization is now accepting applications for its second Big Idea Grant. The Foundation wants to hear from individuals, groups, businesses, troops and organizations from the River Falls area who have a big idea and the determination to make it happen. Up to $10,000 will be granted to the winning "Big Idea."
The City of River Falls will test the outdoor warning siren system on Thursday, April 11, in conjunction with the National Weather Service. If actual severe or threatening weather exists on this date, the test will be postponed until Friday, April 12. Listed below is the test schedule for 2019. If severe or threatening weather exists on any of these scheduled dates, the test will be the next day (Tuesday) at the same time. • Monday, March 25 at 1 p.m. Make-up date — Tuesday, March 26 at 1 p.m.
Meyer Middle School has chosen its February Students of the Month. They are as follows: Sixth grade gold house Cal Usgaard is the son of Mike and Heidi Usgaard. He participates and asks good questions in class. He is kind to others and excited to learn. Cal has done a nice job of adjusting to middle school and continues to work towards his goals. He enjoys football, baseball and hockey. Cal would like to go skydiving and swimming with sharks.
Kevin Hines was 19 years old in 2000 when he tried to commit suicide. Hines took the bus to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, stepped off, and just like that, ran to the railing and jumped over. Hines said the second his hands left the railing he knew he made a mistake. In three more seconds, Hines traveled 240 feet and hit the water at 75 mph, crushing his vertebrae and ankle. Over 1,700 people have attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge; 25 have survived.
It's that time of year to start planning for your tax refund. AARP Tax Assistance will be at the Senior Center located in Wellhaven Senior Living (119 Union St., River Falls) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. Be sure to bring all forms of ID, drivers license, last years' tax return, social security cards and all income forms for 2018. This is on a first come, first served basis. The tax volunteers are also at the Hudson Government Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday. The executive meeting will be held at 9:45 a.m. March 4 at Wellhaven Senior Living.
I met Clint Alligood in kindergarten at Ocean City Elementary in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. We sat by each other at lunch every day because we both had identical King Kong lunch boxes. We mixed them up one day and our parents met for the first time during the drop-off switch.
River Falls High School Term 2 Students of the Term are: (back row, from left0 Ezra Wells, Nathan Lawrence, Clayton Carlson, Nathaniel Rixmann, Wesley Papp, Ethan Vivoda-Sadee, John Cassidy III, Parker Peterschmidt, Damien Hayes Jr., Jared Gaustad; (front) Michael Beutel, Ella Graf-Spielman, Dezi Wells, Annika Nord, Katie Crumley, Raina Albores and Kyle Fohrenkamm. Not pictured are Faye Troemner and Makayla Nye. Photo courtesy of River Falls High School.
River Falls Community Theatre presents: "LOVE(ish!), an evening of one-act comedies Feb. 15, 16, 22, and 23 at Junior's Restaurant and Tap House. Doors open at 6 p.m. Before the performances start at 7 p.m., drinks, appetizers and dinner will be offered from a select menu from Junior's. Live music will also be offered before the show. The performance features the UWRF Improv Troupe "Thugs-n-crowd." Other performances include: • "The Rocking Chair" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, performed by River falls High School Forensics students Sylvie Craig and pari Shils
A team of students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls took first place in the National Forage Bowl competition held in conjunction with the 75th Annual Conference of the American Forage and Grassland Council in St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 6-9.