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One of my best friends, Brian Senoraske, used to have a dog named Sonic. I loved Sonic. Sonic was a big golden retriever, tipping the scale at 90 pounds. Watching him (Sonic, not Brian) frolic in the Kinni on a sizzling summer day made me smile. The cool flowing river was Mother Nature's built-in air conditioner for a hefty, hairy dog. Sonic loved to play fetch, which should be no huge surprise to anyone. He was a retriever, right? That's like saying Packer fans like tailgating or Sonic's owner, Brian, likes wearing snug-fitting T-shirts. All three are indisputable fact.
Dear Mom, I know Mother's Day is still a week away, but I've mailed cards late in the past, so maybe this will help even it out. I remember mailing a Mother's Day card to you when I was in college. I wished you "Happy Grandmother's Day" as a joke, like I had an unplanned baby on the way. I remember you thinking it was not very funny. The next year I sent a present and no card at all. Another swing and a miss for me.
The St. Croix Valley Bird Club's ninth annual "Wings of Spring" bird festival flies into River Falls 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. This family-friendly, informative event reflects the club's mission, via education and exposure, to encourage interest in birds and to promote habitat conservation and restoration efforts. "Wings of Spring" will take place at City Hall (222 Lewis St.) and along the White Kinnickinnic Pathway, rain or shine.
The April Meyer Middle School Students of the Month are as follows: Sixth grade, gold house Elizabeth Larson is the daughter of Jessie and Gina Larson. Libby always has a smile on her face. She handles all situations with a positive attitude. Libby is eager to learn and participates often. She is also always helpful to her classmates. Elizabeth enjoys the River Falls Swim Club, art and music. She also plays the piano. Elizabeth has two dogs and a hedgehog. She enjoys spending time outside with friends and family. She would love to be able to pet an elephant.
The ninth annual Great Greenwood Giveaway (GGG) free garage sale is coming up on April 27 at Greenwood Elementary in River Falls. "We serve roughly 800 people each year who can shop at the GGG for free," said Principal Nate Shurman. "Donations for the GGG come directly from our Greenwood families and anything that isn't taken at the GGG goes to the Salvation Army or to Goodwill. Randy Deiss donates a semi trailer that holds all the donations until the Friday of the event, when students and staff work together to transition and organize all the items in the gym."
Work commutes can seem mundane, like a hamster running on a spinning wheel. It's the exact same trip over and over until the landscape surroundings achromatize into a secular strip of concrete. Many times the only noticeable scenery change in front of us is the rusted car with an aggressive bumper sticker from the Carter administration. However, safe glances to the right or left on the very same commute can polarize your palate of perception.
The March Meyer Middle School Students of the Month are as follows: Sixth grade, gold house
River Falls' fifth annual Grown-Up Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 20. Participants can head to Veterans' Park at 8 a.m. where Cory Hart from Junior's Restaurant and Tap House will announce the location of the hidden eggs. The eggs will each contain a number that corresponds to gift cards, drink tickets, coupons, gift baskets and more, provided by River Falls businesses. Participants can redeem their eggs at Junior's between 8:30 a.m. and noon. There is a limit of five eggs per person.
The Kinni Corridor Collaborative (KinniCC) seeks applicants for its inaugural Board of Directors.
Sticky fingers • At 3:30 p.m. March 28, a River Falls resident in the 200 block of Washington Street reported the license plates to a 2001 van stolen. • At 9:20 p.m. March 30, a woman reported she had forgotten her wallet at Culvers, 109 N. Main St., and when she'd picked it up later that day, $100 was missing from it. • At 7:02 p.m. March 31, a 15-year-old River Falls juvenile was cited $187 for retail theft.The juvenile allegedly stole items from ShopKo, 1777 Paulson Road, including makeup. Traffic troubles